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Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

May 29th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray
The following titles were published in April. 

 

UC Davis General Catalog: online or print-on-demand

May 6th, 2014 by Cory Craig

As of 2014 the Davis General Catalog will only be available online or via print on-demand (for a fee).

Online Catalog:  Current and archived versions of the UC Davis General Catalog are available here in PDF format.
The 2014 catalog should be available online on 6/20/14.

Print On Demand:    Use the public or staff links on this page to request a print copy of the catalog for $20.

For more info see:  http://catalog.ucdavis.edu/

May IEEE & MIT Press – eBook Alert

May 5th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

New eBooks from IEEE and MIT press on the IEEE Xplore Digital Library platform for the month of May include:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wikipedia events at the UC Davis libraries

May 2nd, 2014 by

During May, the UC Davis library is hosting three Wikipedia-related events.

On May 8 from 3:30-5:00pm in the Shields Library Instruction Lab, there will be a workshop on how to teach with Wikipedia. Dozens of faculty around the country have used Wikipedia to teach skills like media literacy and expository writing with the world’s largest encyclopedia. Join UC Davis librarian Phoebe Ayers to explore how these assignments work, and what some of the benefits and pitfalls are.

And, on May 16 and May 23rd from 1:00-3:00pm in the Shields Library Instruction Lab, the library will host two “edit-a-thons” — drop-in events that are opportunities to learn how to edit Wikipedia and work with others to improve articles. Everyone is welcome at all three events; find out more at: http://lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/about/wikipedia/

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Raising the Impact of Research, Scholarship & Education Through Openness

May 2nd, 2014 by

OER

Open California Tour:  Monday, May 12th

Technology has revolutionized the way we create and share knowledge, opening up pathways to advance and democratize research and education that are just beginning to be realized. New models that fully harness this potential are developing, from Open Access, which ensures the free, immediate online availability of research articles with full reuse rights, to Open Educational Resources*, which make textbooks and other materials free for anyone to use, tailor, and share. With a system-wide open access policy and one of the largest bodies of world-class scholars, the University of California system is poised to be a global leader in further leveraging these new models to expand access to knowledge, accelerate research, and reduce financial pressures.

As part of a week-long tour of California universities, two prominent experts on Open Access and Open Educational Resources, Nicole Allen and Nick Shockey from SPARC, will visit UC Davis on Monday, May 12, 2014. Their talk will focus on how openness can accelerate scholarship, benefit researchers, and improve education—including specific recommendations for how members of the campus community can get involved.

Presentation, including Q&A session, will be held:

Date:  Monday, May 12, 2014

Time:  2:00 – 3:00 PM

Location:  1065 Kemper Hall    [map & visitor parking]

Followed by an informal discussion:

Date:  Monday, May 12, 2014

Time:  3:30 – 4:30 PM

Location:  Shields Library, First Floor Library Instruction Lab   [map & visitor parking]   [LIR map]

Sponsored by UC Davis Library.

Questions?  Contact Amy Studer  |  530-752-1678  |  acstuder@ucdavis.edu

* Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge (SPARC, 2014).  California has committed state funds to make educational resources more open and affordable.

Additional resources:

Huckabee, C.  (2012, September 28).  Calif. Governor Signs Bills Giving Digital Textbooks and Other Help to Students.  Chronicle of Higher Education.

SPARC:  Open Education Resources Fact Sheet

California Open Education Resources Council (COERC)

Student PIRGs:  Open Textbooks

Image credit:  Remix of UNESCO English OER logo.  License:  CC BY-SA