Saturday, March 23, 2019

Open Access

Suber, Peter. Open Access. MIT Press, 2013.

Suber acknowledges that academic research can be hard to access and hard to understand (Open Access, 2013). OA lowers the barriers to financial access, as far as making meaning from access to ideas and information, understanding comes with time in the discipline. The author questions why is it that academics are reluctant to go OA? My experience is that we will have to wait until tenure boards and the academic community start accepting OA publications as equal to established journals that have yet to go OA. Some OA publications are perceived as not having rigor whereas the established journals are familiar.

The levels of open access aren't easy to explain to the skeptical academic: Gold OA for journals, Green OA for repositories. There is also Gratis OA for no cost, and Libre OA for limited to full permissions. Heads spin, eyes roll at this explanation. According to Suber, publishing in an OA format has one advantage academics will appreciate, "OA articles are cited more than non-OA articles (p. 15)."


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Thoughts on Barbara Fister's "Adulting for the Web"

Thoughts on annotating Barbara Fister's "Adulting for the Web: At thirty, it's time to stop with the wild oats, already, and take some responsibility." Inside Higher Ed, 13 March 2019. 

I left notes on items that relate to my experience as an academic librarian and as a graduate of an information science program. I annotated two items: one about internet security and one about Vannevar Bush's Memex machine. I find poetry in the notion that Bush was thinking about a collective memory machine.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Newbie to #openlearning19

Hello Open Learning World! I'm an academic librarian interested in all things related to Open Educational Resources. I plan to complete the Open Learning 19 cMOOC before I head out to ACRL Cleveland 4/10 - 4/13/2019. The dates for this cMOOC are 3/17 - 4/6/2019, so I think I have a good chance.