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Pioneer of Open Education Presents at UTA

by Michelle Reed June 21, 2017 0 comments
David Wiley presents at UTA Libraries

Yesterday UTA Libraries in partnership with the LINK Research Lab welcomed Dr. David Wiley, a pioneer of open education, to campus for a public presentation held in the Central Library.

The event kicked off with an announcement about the UTA CARES grant program, sponsored by the Libraries, which recently awarded its first round of grants in support of projects that further open education at UTA. In 2017, the Libraries awarded four grants to Dr. Sharareh Kermanshachi (Civil Engineering), Bret Lathwell (Sociology), Dr. Mohan Pant (Curriculum and Instruction), and Alicia Soueid (Modern...

Calling All Textbook Heroes

by Michelle Reed May 5, 2017 0 comments
Textbook Hero

During Open Education Week, an international celebration of the impact open education has on teaching and learning, UTA Libraries asked students to nominate a Textbook Hero for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Our Textbook Heroes are teachers whose thoughtful selection of free or low-cost educational resources has a positive impact on UTA students. We’re excited to announce that Ellen Dinh is our first gift card winner for her nomination of Dr. Jonathan Abel.

Dr. Abel uses U.S. History, an open textbook published by OpenStax, in his History 1311 and 1312 courses. The digital version...

MayDay!

by Samantha Dodd May 1, 2017 0 comments
MayDay 2017

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! What happens when a hurricane wipes out the records of an entire city? What if a fire burns up a family’s ancestry or a local business’ records? Disasters happen every day, some a result of accidents, are natural. Preparation and planning are essential to help prevent damage and destruction that may result from a disaster. On May 1st each year archivists and heritage professionals around the world participate in MayDay. This day is a grassroots effort to raise awareness of archives and the potential disasters and dangers they face. Protecting our heritage is...

APS and CERN Sign an Open Access Agreement for SCOAP3

by Jody Bailey April 28, 2017 0 comments
CERN logo
Exciting news from the world of particle physics research and open access publishing

"The American Physical Society (APS) and The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), as the Host Organization of SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics), are pleased to announce that they have entered into an agreement to publish high-energy physics (HEP) articles in three leading journals of the APS – Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, and Physical Review C -- under an open access agreement. Under this agreement, authors of articles having a...

Faculty Creative Works 2016

by Jody Bailey April 7, 2017 0 comments
Faculty Creative Works 2016

The Libraries of the University of Texas at Arlington are pleased to host the ninth annual UTA Celebration of Faculty Creative Works. This event showcases the art, books, juried exhibits, music, media, patents, conference presentations, and journal contributions of UTA faculty in 2016. The Libraries initiated this event to shine a spotlight on the impressive depth and breadth of scholarship and creativity produced by UTA faculty. Here, for example, is an art piece by UTA Department of Art + Art History faculty member Kenda North. 

 

"Bouquet 12" by Kenda North

 

These...

An Open Letter to UTA Students

by Michelle Reed March 30, 2017 0 comments
Open Education Week Poster

Hi there,

If I could take a moment to introduce myself. I’m Michelle. I’m your Open Education Librarian, and I joined the team at UTA Libraries about six months ago to save you money. I’ve asked you what you think about textbooks, and I want you to know that we hear you. Textbook costs are a problem. We have a solution. It’s called open educational resources (OER). If you’ve been in the University Center this week, you may have seen some of them. They’re free textbooks, essentially, but they look a lot like the ones you pay hundreds of dollars for. If you like the sound of that,...

UTA Libraries Join Institutions across the Globe in Celebrating Open Education

by Michelle Reed March 16, 2017 0 comments
Open Education Week 2017

In celebration of Open Education Week, UTA Libraries will host a series of events for faculty, staff, and students intended to raise awareness of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices at UTA. Additionally, stop by the E.H. Hereford University Center anytime during the week of March 27-31 to check out our Open Education Week display, which features Textbook Heroes who are leveraging open resources to reduce textbook costs for UTA students.

Monday, March 27

We’ll kick off Open Education Week with an opportunity for students to speak out about textbooks. Take...

Disability Records: Accessibility at the University of Texas at Arlington

by Rafia Mirza March 10, 2017 0 comments
Sports ‘N Spokes Cover, May/June 1992

This post is about the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries’ Texas Disability History Collection and was written by UTA’s Jeff Downing and Betty Shankle.

July’s oven-like heat drenched Jim Hayes’ shirt with sweat as he pulled cable for Western Electric one last time. On Monday he was going to trade his workman’s clothes for the olive drab of the Army, but today was his 18th birthday and he intended to celebrate.

Once home, he shoehorned eight of his family and friends into his 1963 Ford Fairlane and made the short drive to Fort Worth’s Lake Benbrook.  During the ride...

Blog Submissions

by Rafia Mirza January 20, 2017 0 comments

The goal of the UTA Libraries Scholarly Communication Division blog is to highlight our initiatives, collections, people, events, collaborations, and services.

We invite anyone in the UT Arlington community doing work around scholarly communications to submit interviews, reviews, and other material to the blog, and offer the following guide for submissions.

A blogpost is piece of writing typically shorter and less formal than most articles but comprising at least one or two paragraphs. The blogger introduces or comments on a topic, which perhaps leads to a broader discussion...