Workshop – Wikipedia… Learn how to bring it into the classroom!

Faculty around the world assign their students to contribute to Wikipedia for class assignments. This information session introduces the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Education Program and shows how faculty can use Wikipedia as a platform for students to publish articles and edit articles based on course assignments. We will also show you how to design Wikipedia-based assignments, and … Continue reading Workshop – Wikipedia… Learn how to bring it into the classroom!

On the Horizon: Librarians & Data Management

On the Horizon continues! What else have we brought back from MLA'12? A better understanding of the needs of diverse audiences. We work with a large variety of researchers between the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Public Health, in addition to the University of Michigan Health System, and every researcher can have a … Continue reading On the Horizon: Librarians & Data Management

PMC (the database formerly known as PubMed Central)

PMC, the database you know and love from depositing open access content is getting an upgrade - a new name to avoid confusion with PubMed, and a new (more streamlined, of course) look. You'll now be able to access important links more directly from the article's front page - for example, author information as well … Continue reading PMC (the database formerly known as PubMed Central)

Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)? Open Education "...is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Worldwide Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge." —The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation "Open educational resources (OER) are … Continue reading Open Educational Resources

Expanding Open Access – the White House should be Listening

Open access got a huge boost last week when UCSF reported that its faculty senate had voted  unanimously to adopt an open access policy toward its research publications, making it the first public university to do so.  Last month, Harvard library told its university faculty that they were breaking the bank with digital subscriptions. On the … Continue reading Expanding Open Access – the White House should be Listening

UCSF Makes Research Papers Open Access

Reposted from UCSF News Center: UCSF Implements Policy to Make Research Papers Freely Accessible to Public: Health Sciences Campus becomes Largest in Nation to adopt Open-Access Policy The UCSF [University of California San Francisco] Academic Senate has voted to make electronic versions of current and future scientific articles freely available to the public, helping to … Continue reading UCSF Makes Research Papers Open Access

The Case for Open Access

Reposted from the University of Michigan's  Record Update: Researchers and provosts make the case for open access By Lynne Raughley U-M Library The many real and prospective constraints on broad and affordable access to published scholarship recently spurred a grassroots effort to push back against the business practices of the world’s largest scientific journal publisher, … Continue reading The Case for Open Access