Lawmakers eye expanding electronic, open-source access to combat college textbook costs

“State lawmakers are looking at how to further cut costs for college students by expanding access to electronic and open-source textbooks, building on the successful passing of legislation earlier this year creating a digital academic library network.

Members of the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee meeting Thursday took in a presentation by Dr. John Opper, executive director of distance learning and student services at the Florida Virtual Campus, and several prominent state college and university figures.

The intent, said Rep. Rene Plasencia, the subcommittee chair, was to continue a push toward low-cost, no-cost and open access to e-textbooks, a trend running in tandem with the increased digitization of media….”

Making Florida Newspaper Collections Accessible » Communications » UF Libraries » University of Florida

“The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida, has added 200,000 digitized pages of historic Florida newspapers to the freely available in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library (FDNL). The project, “Making Florida Newspaper Collections Accessible,” was completed with $53,040 in Library Services and Technology Act funding from the State Library and Archives of Florida as part of the 2020-21 funding cycle. Utilizing newspapers microfilmed by the University of Florida, the project team migrated the newspapers to a more accessible and preservable digital format….”

A New Dataset Could Aid Climate Justice Research

“Many studies focusing on the damages and financial consequences of climate change rely on commercial datasets that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase. Those costs can be a significant hurdle for many researchers and communities.

Instead, the SEPHER dataset combines data from many publicly available sources, including:

the Social Vulnerability Index from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which includes an array of socioeconomic data as well as information regarding disability and minority status;
FEMA’s National Risk Index for Natural Hazards, which combines the likelihood and expected losses from natural hazards with social vulnerability factors and resilience capabilities;
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data, including information about whether mortgage applications were approved or denied, property characteristics, and applicant demographics such as ethnicity, race, and gender;
Eviction data from the Eviction Lab at Princeton University;
Rental price trends for properties….”

A New Dataset Integrating Public Socioeconomic, Physical Risk, and Housing Data for Climate Justice Metrics: A Test-Case Study in Miami | Environmental Justice

Abstract:  Assessing the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations and the implications of such impacts is a critical step toward climate and environmental justice. In general, indices or metrics that aim at studying linkages between climatic environmental impacts and vulnerable populations lack housing information. Financially relevant real estate data (e.g., mortgages, evictions) alongside other socioeconomic and physical risk information can, however, provide a crucial lens to assess climate justice. In addition, standard socioeconomic and demographic variables aggregated at census units lack the granularity required to capture inequalities, especially in heterogeneous communities, so there is a need for publicly available, ready-to-use, digitized, and distributed datasets containing relevant inequality metrics using real estate and financial information. Also, studies focusing on damages and financial impacts of climate change often use commercial datasets, which must be acquired for hundreds of thousands of dollars, making the inclusion of such information prohibitive for advocacy groups, journalists, and other interested people. With this in mind, we integrated multiple publicly available datasets that include socioeconomic, climate risk scores, evictions, and housing variables at the census tract level over the United States to be used to investigate environmental justice themes. Our goal is that the dataset proposed here will allow for testing, assessing, and generating new analysis and metrics that can address inequalities and climate injustice. To demonstrate the potential of the new dataset, we report examples of application to the Miami area, where the recent increased risk of floods and extreme events has exposed socially vulnerable populations to the consequences of climate change.

 

Search the Florida Open Academic Library

“The Florida Open Academic Library provides a statewide searchable database that includes an inventory of digital archives and collections held by public postsecondary education institutions (§ F.S. 1006.73 (2)(a)4.). Through collaboration with Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC) member libraries, we are pleased to bring you over one million unique and valuable resources to discover. Developed to include multiple platforms across our members, harvested content includes all collections contained in the Inventory of Digital Libraries and Collections Held by Florida Public Universities and State Colleges 2019 Update, all collections within FALSC hosted platforms (i.e. FL-Islandora, Florida OJ, Orange Grove), and identified OER collections (i.e. Open Textbook Library, Open Stax) held by Florida institutions….”

Reference Librarian/Scholarly Communication Coordinator – 105630 Job Opening in Pensacola, Florida – ALA JobLIST | Jobs in Library & Information Science & Technology

“As the Scholarly Communications Coordinator, responsibilities include:

 

Develop, implement, and coordinate scholarly communication services to expand the Library’s support of the creation and dissemination of UWF’s scholarly output.
Increase the knowledge of faculty, students, and staff through education, promotion, and outreach regarding scholarly communication topics such as open access, open educational resources, data management planning, scholarly identity, and research impact
Promote and grow the use of the campus’ Institutional Repository
Monitor and report on national scholarly communication trends, policy issues, and best practices….”

The Orange Grove

“The Orange Grove repository is Florida’s digital repository for instructional resources. The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, share, and contribute educational resources. The repository can also be integrated with your Learning Management Systems (e.g. Canvas, Blackboard, Desire 2 Learn). Discover, contribute, and import repository resources directly from your LMS.”

Florida Institute of Technology, Scholarly Communications Librarian

Florida Institute of Technology invites applications from enthusiastic, proactive, and service-oriented candidates for the new position of Scholarly Communications Librarian. This position will serve as a leader and advocate in the Library and across the institution on all issues related to the dissemination, preservation, and use of the scholarly and creative output of Florida Tech’s faculty, researchers, staff and students. Under the direction of the Assistant Dean, Access and Discovery, the Scholarly Communications Librarian will work collaboratively to expand and manage the Library’s scholarly communication services and to educate the Florida Tech community on all matters pertaining to scholarly communications….”

Arizona State Working with Community Colleges in Interactive OER Pilot — Campus Technology

Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is working with three of the largest community college systems in the country to adopt the use of interactive open educational resources. The Consortium for Open Active Pathways, as it’s called, will use technology to increase the availability of college-level educational materials, particularly in healthcare studies, a big component of community college education. The work is being funded by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The other institutions involved are Maricopa Community Colleges in Phoenix, Florida’s Miami Dade College and Indiana’s Ivy Tech Community College….”

Scholarly Communications Librarian

In coordination with library colleagues, develops and manages initiatives, educational programming and appropriate services for USFSP faculty, researchers, students, and staff on scholarly communication topics, including but not limited to open access, copyright, intellectual property rights, and open educational resources.

Serves as the Libraries’ main contact for scholarly communication questions and initiatives.
Consults with and advises USFSP faculty on publishing agreements and retention of the right to deposit materials in the campus repository
Provides periodic assessments of the campus environment with regard to scholarly communication issues and implements improvements.
Coordinates the scholarly communication responsibilities of librarians in the NPML Librarian Liaison Program.
Stays current with developments in copyright, open access, scholarly publishing, open educational resource initiatives, etc….”

Scholarly Communications Librarian job with Florida State University | 1665799

The Florida State University Libraries invites applications from enthusiastic, collaborative, and service-oriented candidates for the position of Scholarly Communications Librarian. Reporting to the Director of the Office of Digital Research and Scholarship, the Scholarly Communications Librarian leads the planning, coordination, implementation, and assessment of programs and services that focus on providing open and sustainable access to FSU research outputs. This position provides strategic direction for FSU’s open access research repository, the implementation of FSU’s Faculty Senate Open Access Policy, and the ongoing development of FSU Libraries’ digital publishing services. In addition, the Scholarly Communications Librarian conducts outreach and education efforts and liaises with subject librarians, working groups, and campus partners in order to increase the visibility and impact of campus scholarship and to promote an institutional culture that values and rewards openness. The ideal candidate will provide expertise on open access, open education, copyright, fair use, author rights, and ongoing developments in scholarly communication. This position will be an integral part of FSU Libraries’ digital scholarship program, joining a highly collaborative team of accomplished professionals who provide consultations, technical expertise, project development, and infrastructure for open and innovative research projects….”

“Something Old, Something New , Something Bold, Something Cool: A Marriage of Two Repositories” by Carol Ann Davis and Jason Boczar

Abstract: “For the past several years, many libraries have been developing institutional repositories to house their open access publishing efforts to both showcase and preserve their faculty’s research. Some of those same libraries have been building sizable digital collections, often built from digitized versions of materials in their special collections. So what happens when you put these two groups together? The University of South Florida Tampa Library did exactly that by creating a new Digital Scholarship Services unit. The union of these two groups has created new synergies between staff in complementary areas of the library, as we combine unique skill sets from each group to offer new services to the faculty. This presentation will discuss why this change was made, examine some of the benefits and growing pains of this change, and showcase some of the unusual projects that have resulted. For example, a group of faculty from the College of Education has a multimodal project featuring new methodological approaches for analyzing various formats such as websites, images, and film. The library also has two research associates who are archaeologists creating three dimensional representations of artifacts for cultural heritage preservation that are now embedded with metadata in the repository. Creating such collections not only highlights the university’s work but provides materials professors can use to enhance their course curricula and use technology to engage students in new and innovative ways.”

Passing a Campus Open Access Policy – OpenCon

“On March 31, Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Faculty Senate passed an Open Access policy! The Open Access Archiving Policy ensures that future scholarly articles authored by FGCU faculty will be made freely available to the public by requiring faculty to deposit copies of their accepted manuscripts in the university’s repository, DigitalFGCU.”