October 14, 2014
K-State Libraries recognizes Open Access Week with speaker, push for campus awareness
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.
This announcement is one in a series on open access initiatives at K-State Libraries. Open Access Week is Oct. 20-26.