“Librarians at the University of Alberta recognize the importance of open access to content creators and researchers in fostering new ideas and creating knowledge. In keeping with our long-standing support of the Open Access movement, University of Alberta librarians have adopted a statement to communicate our commitment to disseminating our scholarly and other work as widely as possible, and to making these contributions available in perpetuity through deposit in an open access repository or through other acceptable means. It should be read and interpreted consistently with University of Alberta policies and other agreements related to academic freedom and intellectual property.
Academic librarians at the University of Alberta commit to making a reasonable effort to publish and share in venues providing unrestricted public access to their works. When appropriate, they will assign a Creative Commons licence to their works, endeavour to publish in open access venues, and/or to secure the right to self-archive their published materials, and deposit these works in an open access repository….”
“On April 19th, librarians at the University of Alberta endorsed a Position Statement on Open Access for University of Alberta Librarians, which demonstrates their commitment to open scholarship through their own professional practice and research….”
“The Gourmand Awards, often compared to the ‘Oscars’ for the culinary industry, honours the world’s best food and wine books, print and digital, and food television. This year, a Canadian book titled, The High Protein Cookbook for Muscle Health During Cancer Treatment by Hillary Wilson, Anissa Armet, and Professor Carla Prado has won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2022 for the University Press – Free PDF category. …”
“Linked open data is a set of best practices for exposing, sharing and consuming structured data so that it can interlink with other data. By linking data within and across other repositories and resource collections, libraries can provide rich knowledge discovery experiences for their user communities.
Library metadata standards are in a period of significant change. Linked data is being incorporated into core standards, resulting in large scale data migrations and related implications for library systems. University of Alberta Library (UAL) has been actively engaged with, and leading in this transformation, working in partnership with standards organizations and other key collaborators. We are at a transformational moment, with linked data, in both BIBFRAME and non-BIBFRAME formats, poised to become the future data standard.
UAL is actively and strategically implementing linked data to:
Facilitate different modes of discovery for enhancing user discovery experiences.
Enable new modes of discovery within and across collections (ours and others’).
Provide open access to our metadata for the widest of audiences.
Support cataloging and metadata practices to incorporate more appropriate and respectful terminology in our vocabularies.
Improve workflows for data transformation, migration, assessment, and enhancement.
Support long term data preservation with emerging linked data standards….”
“A new collaboration between University of Alberta Libraries and other post-secondary institutions across Alberta is providing students and instructors with the ability to access and create digital learning materials for free.
The service, Open Education Alberta, is a platform that enables the adaptation, creation and use of open education resources (OERs) in post-secondary courses.
OERs are digital learning materials that are openly licenced, said Michelle Brailey, digital initiatives projects librarian and project lead. They are either in the public domain or have been released under a licence that permits their use and repurposing by others, so anyone can use the work without obtaining permission or paying a publisher.
Open Education Alberta provides the platform for instructors across Alberta to take existing OERs and customize them, or create their own….”