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October 14, 2014



K-State Libraries recognizes Open Access Week with speaker, push for campus awareness

By Sarah McGreer Hoyt

Dave Ernst, Open Access Week keynote speaker

K-State Libraries will take part in International Open Access Week 2014, Oct. 20-26, to recognize efforts that make scholarly research freely available online.

"Our investment in and commitment to open access has expanded rapidly over the last two years," said Lori Goetsch, dean of K-State Libraries. "The Libraries now partner with organizations across campus to make textbooks more affordable and relevant; to assist faculty and researchers publishing in open access journals; and to strengthen both the university’s open access publishing platform and institutional repository."

K-State Libraries' observation of Open Access Week begins with keynote speaker David Ernst from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room.

Ernst, executive director of the University of Minnesota's Open Textbook Initiative, created the Open Textbook Library, a single source for faculty nationwide to find quality openly licensed textbooks. He will describe how faculty can overcome barriers to adoption of open access classroom materials.

Following Ernst's presentation, a panel of three K-State professors who have successfully adopted alternative textbook models will share their expertise:

  • Robbie Bear, instructor, biology, adapted an OpenStax book for BIOL 198, Principles of Biology
  • Ashley Rhodes, instructor, biology, developed an iBook for BIOL 340, Human Body
  • Ann Knackendoffel, assistant professor, education, developed textbook modules on Canvas for EDSP 324, Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom

All three received financial support from the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative, which is funded by K-State Libraries and the Student Governing Association.

The Oct. 16 event is sponsored by K-State Libraries and the Teaching & Learning Center. Visit lib.k-state.edu/open-access-week for more information.

This announcement is one in a series on open access initiatives at K-State Libraries. Open Access Week is Oct. 20-26.

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