Monthly Archives: October 2016

OER, OA, and Copley Library


Ever heard of open educational resources (OER) or open access (OA)? With Open Access Week around the corner, Copley Library has been focusing on educating faculty about OER. What is OER? OER are pedagogical resources that are openly-licensed and freely available to the public. This includes syllabus, journals, media, and open textbooks.

In 2015, the library launched the Copley OER Initiative and in our pilot year, we offered four stipends to faculty members who wanted to replace a textbook in one course with an OER. These four faculty members met with the librarians to discuss myriad ways to access and find high-quality

Open Access (Storefront) by Gideon Burton CC By SA

Open Access (Storefront) by Gideon Burton CC By SA

OER. After receiving feedback and evaluating the pilot year, librarians have continued the initiative into its second year with nine faculty stipend recipients. In addition to these stipends, the library is also offering mini-stipends to faculty who would like to review a suitable open textbook in their subject area.

There are so many ways to learn more about OER. Check out the Copley OER LibGuide here and discover a number of free high-quality educational resources. You can also check out SPARC’s (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) website here to learn more about OA and how you can get involved with the movement.


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Copley’s Top 4 Events in October

Wondering what we are up to in October? Here are a few things happening at Copley Library this month.


Banned Books Week:  September 25th-October 2nd. On Monday we announced the winners of our first annual Banned Books Week Contest. Congratulations to this year’s student winner Diana Villa-Galindo and this year’s faculty/staff winner Florence Gillman! Diana will receive a $225.00 gift certificate to USD’s Torero Store and a copy of her favorite banned book. Professor Gillman will receive a copy of her favorite banned book and a new Acer Chromebook.  Participation in this year’s contest was outstanding. More than 160 visitors to our banned books display entered the contest. We also received a lot of great feedback from participants on how to make next year’s celebration of Banned Books Week even better. Copley Library holds 46 of the 100 most challenged books including several favorites cited by USD students who entered the contest. Among the student favorites in our collection are: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. To learn more, visit our Banned Books Week Guide.

One Book, One San Diego Author Event:  October 11thJoin KPBS and Copley Library for a special tenth anniversary event with 2010’s featured author of Outcasts United, Mr. Warren St. John. The event will be held in Warren Auditorium from 7:00-8:30pm and will include a presentation and a book signing by the author. To learn more about One Book, One San Diego including where to find more tenth anniversary events this fall visit the One Book. One San Diego website.

Open Textbook Review Applications Due: October 17thCopley Library is awarding six $250 stipends to USD faculty to review an open textbook in their discipline during the spring semester of 2017. The hope is that this project will introduce faculty to a variety of high-quality textbooks that are openly licensed and freely available for use and adaptation in the classroom. For more information on open textbooks and other open educational resources, please visit our subject guide. Interested faculty should complete the application form by October 17, 2016. For more information contact our Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian Alejandra Nann, at or (619) 260-7724.

Student Workshops: October 4th– October 31stWhat would October be without some great student workshops including Google Scholar in Twenty Minutes , APA the Easy Way, and Discovering the Depths of Research. Register today!


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