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How Keeping the 'Net Neutral Helps Libraries and You

by Peace Ossom Williamson Dec 5 2017 - 3:41pm 0 comments
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A note on the blog post title: The net in "net neutrality" is actually short for network, but the phrase in its current use is centered on the internet. To speak in favor of net neutrality, email your members of Congress using this form or fax or mail a letter using resistbot.io. It takes no time at all.

 

Here's what is happening: Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney and the current Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced a proposal in May to roll back FCC protections of net neutrality, and this proposal will go up for a vote among the five FCC...

Textbook Hero Video Series: Episode Four

by Michelle Reed Nov 30 2017 - 9:37am 0 comments
Open is for everyone

UTA Libraries’ Textbook Hero video series showcases educators who have adopted open educational resources or other affordable course content, which reduces barriers to education.

Dr. Bonnie Boardman, featured in episode four, replaced a traditional textbook with video tutorials and problem sets available through Lynda.com, which allowed her to flip her classroom into a lecture-free, active-learning space. Content available through Lynda is fully protected by copyright and, therefore, is not remix and revisable in the way open educational resources are; however, the university’s...

OA Week Explores Wikipedia

by Samantha Dodd Nov 14 2017 - 11:16am 0 comments
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Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

With that in mind, it only made since to take a closer look at Wikipedia, the fifth most visited website in the world, whose fundamental principles include free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute, neutrality, and collective...

Textbook Hero Video Series: Episode Three

by Michelle Reed Oct 20 2017 - 1:13pm 0 comments
Open is for everyone

UTA Libraries’ Textbook Hero video series showcases educators who have adopted open educational resources or other affordable course content, which reduces barriers to education. Faculty and staff from UTA's Department of History, featured in episode three, have saved UTA students over $388,700 since Summer 2016 by using an open textbook published by OpenStax in all online sections of two introductory history courses.

Your Work, Your Rights: Retain Your Copyright

by Jody Bailey Oct 2 2017 - 5:21pm 0 comments
A doctoral student wants to reuse a journal article she published a few months ago in her forthcoming article-based dissertation. A history faculty member wants to distribute an article he wrote to all his students.  A sociology scholar creates an amazing infographic and publishes it as part of a journal article then later decides to reuse it in a book. An animal behavior researcher creates a series of photographs of an experiment that tests the cognitive capacity of capuchin monkeys and publishes these photos to illustrate the research in a scholarly journal; her colleague wants to use one...

Textbook Hero Video Series: Episode Two

by Michelle Reed Sep 27 2017 - 9:00pm 0 comments
Open is for everyone

UTA Libraries’ Textbook Hero video series showcases educators who have adopted open educational resources or other affordable course content, which reduces barriers to education. Dr. Allan Saxe, featured in episode two, has saved UTA students over $561,000 since Fall 2010 by using public domain materials in his courses.

Textbook Hero Video Series: Episode One

by Michelle Reed Sep 21 2017 - 5:02pm 0 comments
Open is for everyone

This week, Inside Higher Ed reported on a survey that linked high textbook costs in higher education to poor grades. The research, commissioned by an e-textbook provider, supports a growing body of evidence that suggests the use of open and affordable course resources can positively impact student success, resulting in higher course grades and lower drop, failure, and withdrawal rates.

Anecdotal evidence collected over the last year at the University of Texas at Arlington confirms that the high, and frequently surprising, cost of course resources poses a significant barrier to our...

UTA Libraries Awarded $25,000 TexTreasures Grant to Digitize World War II Photo Negatives

by Jody Bailey Aug 17 2017 - 3:30pm 0 comments
Mother-Daughter banquet, 1944 (detail)

UTA Libraries will scan 15,000 negatives from its Fort Worth Star-Telegram Photographic Collection thanks to a $25,000 TexTreasures grant awarded by the Texas State Library & Archives Commission. The project continues an effort started last year to digitize negatives documenting the transformation of Fort Worth during World War II. The images, most of which were never published, show young men crowding military recruiting stations, women selling war bonds, and the construction of Liberator Village which housed workers building B-24 “Liberator” bomber planes.

Soldiers from Camp...

Largest release of digital catalog records in history

by Samantha Dodd Aug 16 2017 - 12:00pm 0 comments
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Before computers and Google, if you wanted to find a book about the Alamo, or search for materials related to the Texas Revolution, you found yourself digging into a card catalog. In this early system an individual could find resources by title, author, publication date, subject headings and genre. Catalog records can be traced back to just after the French Revolution when the revolutionary government used playing cards to document property seized from the church. Before the widespread use of typewritten cards, cards for the catalogs were handwritten, the objective being to create...

Research Data Services in Support of New Campus Needs

by Peace Ossom Williamson Aug 8 2017 - 7:27pm 0 comments
Data Viz Sketches by Lauren Manning

Do you work with data? Then we have services and resources to help you. For quantitative and qualitative analysis, our UTA Libraries' Research Data Services (RDS) include the following assistance with data management:

reviewing data management plans in grant proposals, providing consultations around best practices in managing and curating data, and serving as data management specialists on research projects.

RDS also serves other roles around the use of data-related tools. Our staff members provide expert consultations and group or one-on-one training for researchers, faculty,...

UTA Libraries Documents World War II Life in Fort Worth, Texas

by Jody Bailey Jul 21 2017 - 11:15am 0 comments

by guest contributor Jeff Downing, Digital Projects Librarian, UTA Libraries Digital Creation Department

In 1940, Fort Worth was a slow-paced city whose economy depended on cotton, cattle, and oil. By 1945, it was a fast-growing economic dynamo generating tens of thousands of jobs related to World War II. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (FWST) captured this transformative time in photographs, documenting the war effort, industrial expansion, and everyday life on the home front.

Fort Worth determinedly sought connections to the defense industry in the 1940s. The city became home...

UTA Libraries Creates Mavs Open Press to Offer No-Cost Publishing Service

by Jody Bailey Jul 5 2017 - 4:14pm 0 comments
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The Problem

In the past few decades, authors, editors, and publishers of academic journals have witnessed dramatic changes in the scholarly publishing environment. The days of small, nonprofit societies publishing print-only journals are long gone (with a few exceptions), and for-profit, commercial publishers have taken over the market, with many adverse consequences. In 1973 Elsevier (part of the RELX Group), Wiley-Blackwell, Springer Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group, and Sage Publications collectively published approximately 20% of journal articles across all disciplines; these...

Building Community: Reflections on Conference Going

by Michelle Reed Jun 29 2017 - 9:44am 0 comments
OpenCon2017

This week applications opened for OpenCon 2017, which will take place November 11-13 in Berlin, Germany. OpenCon, now in its fourth year, is an annual conference intended to empower students and early career professionals to advance open initiatives in scholarly publishing, data, and education. Last year the organizing committee received over 10,000 applications from 176 countries. In November, 230 of those applicants, representing 60 countries, gathered together for three days in Washington, DC. Many others attended virtually, and over 30 satellite events were hosted around the world....

Pioneer of Open Education Presents at UTA

by Michelle Reed Jun 21 2017 - 7:16pm 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 - 1:21pm 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 - 11:16am 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 Apr 28 2017 - 4:12pm 0 comments
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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 Apr 7 2017 - 3:06pm 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 Mar 30 2017 - 11:28pm 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 Mar 16 2017 - 2:57pm 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 Mar 10 2017 - 8:05am 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 Jan 20 2017 - 3:09pm 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...