Have you ever thought about who programmed the first modern computer? Kathy Kleiman would like to introduce us to the six women who programmed the ENIAC, the first modern computer, at the end of World War II, in her book, Proving Ground: The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer. Check out our other scientific works in our Popular Reading collection. Titles range from commentary, fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, current affairs, science, social issues, and politics. Happy Autumn!
Provost Aaron Dominguez is pleased to announce that Livia Lopes, JD has been appointed the new Director of the Oliveira Lima Library of The Catholic University of America beginning July 1st, 2022. On August 1st, Livia’s appointment as the Director of the Institute for Latin American and Iberian Studies (ILAIS) also began. She will serve in these positions concurrently.
Livia Lopes graduated from the Rio de Janeiro State University’s Law School (Brazil) with J.D. and M.A. (summa cum laude) degrees. She also attended the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and the University of Salamanca (Spain) as a visiting student with academic distinction; the Ohio State University (USA), and Georgetown University (USA) as a visiting researcher. Before joining Catholic University, Livia served as an Assistant Director and Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, affiliated with the Brazil/Latin American Program. She came to Catholic University in 2020 to lead the Latin American and Iberian Initiatives in the Office of Global Strategies. OGS advances academic programs, projects, and partnerships related to Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. Livia Lopes is a Brasilianista, a researcher on Latin American and Brazilian studies, with concentrations in law, politics and public policy.
Faculty are invited to join the Washington Research Library Consortium Textbook Affordability Working Group on Wednesday, September 28th for a brief introduction to open textbooks and a panel discussion featuring faculty members who teach with them. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn a $200 stipend by posting a review of an open textbook!
October 13th, 2022 11:00 AM Faculty Perspectives: You’ve Already Done This!: Creating and Publishing OER Courseware November 2nd, 2022 12:00 PM Faculty Perspectives: Use Only What you Want: Adapting and Remixing OER November 16th, 2022 12:00 PM Faculty Perspectives: Choosing a Creative Commons License for your OER: Where to Begin? December 6th, 2022 12:00 PM Save the Date!
Ever wonder what happened before the Big Bang? Laura Mersini-Houghton, an expert on the multiverse and the origins of the universe offers a new account of the events before the Big Bang in Before the Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe and What Lies Beyond. Check out our other scientific works in our Popular Reading collection. Titles range from commentary, fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, current affairs, science, social issues, and politics.
As a student you may be familiar with the term, Open Educational Resources. Yet, it can be difficult to grasp the full breadth of the Open Educational Resources conversation. So what are Open Educational Resources and how can we use them with proper attribution?
UNESCO defines Open Educational Resources (OER) as “teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with intellectual property licenses that facilitate the free use, adaptation and distribution of resources.” OER differs from resources published under traditional copyright by allowing for much more flexibility in how the resource is retrieved and used. OER can come in a variety of formats including traditional textbooks or articles, videos and images, and even lesson plans or online courses. Essentially, OER are materials that are openly and freely available for use or re-use.
The cost-free nature of OER contributes to a more accessible and equitable academic environment. Using OER significantly reduces the cost of class materials for students and instructors alike. OER is also often distributed faster than resources that go through the formal publishing process. When researching a current topic, OER resources can often be a good source of timely information. When using less traditional OER, such as lesson plans or other course materials, OER allows for more flexibility and creativity in how a course is prepared, taught, and received. OER supports different learning styles as materials can be found in a variety of formats. And if a format is not available, the source content can be remixed and redesigned into something new due to the open nature of OER.
OER and the ‘Five Rs’
As a student, you may have previously used OER in your research, projects, or presentations. For example, you may have cited an open article in a research paper. Or maybe a professor of yours used an open textbook in your course. Maybe you’ve seen a classmate use open media in a presentation such as an image or audio licensed in the Creative Commons. All of these are great examples of how OER can be integrated into your current learning and academic life. Yet, before using OER, it is important to know about the permissions associated with the content. While all OER is ‘open’, some resources have more flexibility than others.
Most OER allows for some, or all, of the following permissions, known as the ‘Five Rs’ developed by David Wiley:
Retain – make, own, and control a copy of the resource (e.g. download and keep your own copy)
Revise – edit, adapt, and modify your copy of the resource (e.g., translate into another language)
Remix – combine your original or revised copy of the resource with other existing material to create something (e.g., make a mashup)
Reuse – use your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource publicly (e.g., on a website, in a presentation, in a class)
Redistribute – share copies of your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource with others (e.g., post a copy online or give one to a friend)
The license deed of each resource will provide information on the permissions you have when using the resource. When using an OER in your work, make sure you know what permissions the resource allows.
Showing Proper Attribution: The TASL Method When working with OER you may use an attribution statement, which gives credit to the author and source. Yet, note that attribution statements are not the same as citations. Attributions are not academic and should not be used in place of a citation in a scholarly work. Attribution statements are a more informal method that gives credit to the author/source materials, whereas citations are a formal scholarly practice. If formally citing an OER resource for a paper or other academic work, refer to your field’s style manual such as MLA, Chicago, or APA for citation rules. Attributions should be used to provide credit when a formal citation is not required, for example, when using a Creative Commons image in a blog post.
A helpful acronym for creating attribution statements is TASL. An ideal attribution includes all four components of TASL.
T = Title – what is the name of the resource? A = Author – who created the resource? S = Source – where can I find it? L = License – how can I use it?
To properly attribute a resource, include the title, author and license with appropriate hyperlinks. Not all attribution statements will include all of this information. When creating an attribution, reasonable effort should be made to supply relevant information, yet attributions can still be valid without all of this information.
This attribution format applies to all types of OER, including textbooks. This open textbook, Legal Issues in Libraries and Archives, would have the following attribution: Legal Issues in Libraries and Archives by Ruth Dukelow and Michael Robak is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted. This attribution statement was sourced directly from the resource. Oftentimes OER creators include attribution statements within their resource to make attribution easier. A good practice when using OER is to look for author supplied attribution statements.
Build Your Own Attribution
If you don’t prefer the TASL method or cannot find an author supplied statement, tools like the Open Attribution Builder, can assist when creating attribution statements. Plug in the information you have about the resource being used and the tool will create a statement for you.
OER @ CU Libraries When sourcing OER, ensure the resources you are using truly are OER, and of good quality, by visiting trusted open-source repositories. Visit our Open Educational Resources Guide to view lists of OER and websites related to your field of study. One great resource for finding open-source textbooks is the Open Textbook Library. This resource is maintained by the Open Education Network, a community of higher education institutions and educators creating inclusive educational environments through OER.
You can also use the library catalog to search for OER. Limit your results to open access resources by using facets. Facets are helpful tools that further define your search results list. Facets are seen on the left side of the results screen in our catalog. Navigating the world of OER can feel overwhelming at times. Consider using these tools and tips next time you are conducting research or working on a project. If you have additional questions about OER, email us or connect with a subject librarian.
Microsoft has begun to sunset support for the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) browser in August 2021. With that knowledge, IEEE has also decided to discontinue support of that browser for the IEEE Xplore Digital Library as of 31 May 2022. If you are using IEEE Xplore for your research, to ensure an optimal experience, please upgrade to a different version of the browser prior to 31 May 2022.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be wealthy? Laura Thompson knows. Her new book, Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies, uncovers the lives of such heiresses as Consuelo Vanderbilt, the original American “Dollar Heiress,” Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth heiress and Patty Hearst, the notorious heiress to a newspaper fortune turned terrorist. Check out our other historical works in our Popular Reading collection. Titles range from commentary, fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, to current affairs, social issues, and politics.
As you may already have heard, Research Day 2022 will be our first in-person and online event featuring more than 175 oral and poster presentations by students, faculty and staff plus a selection of musical performances. These represent the great enthusiasm for research shared by our students, faculty and staff at Catholic University.
When is it?
The day will kick off at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 7th, in the Della Ratta Auditorium (Maloney Hall) with our keynote speaker, Dr. Hieu Bui, presenting on “Progress in Bringing DNA Computers to Life.” The Research Day program on the website lists where all the in-person events will take place and will have links to the virtual presentations. The lunch hour features live musical performances in the Pryz and a variety of food trucks.
When is the awards ceremony?
As in past years, awards will be given for the best student oral and poster presentations at the awards ceremony in Heritage Hall (Father O’Connell Hall). Finalists will be listed on the Research Day website by 4:00 on April 7th. Annual Faculty Research awards and the First Year Experience Essay award will also be announced at the ceremony. All are invited to attend.
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In addition to celebrating the great and inspiring research going on at Catholic University, the online format of this event enables family and friends from outside the University to participate! Feel free to share this post with your friends and family.
Thanks to the Research Day Planning Committee, the Web Services Department, and all in the University who have helped to plan this event. We are looking forward to having everyone join us on campus and online for an exciting University Research Day!
Becky Robert and Elizabeth Edinger
Co-Chairs, University Research Day 2022 Planning Committee
De Gruyter Complete Trial Access until May 30th
Catholic University Libraries has a trial subscription to the De Gruyter Complete platform until May 30th. The trial includes access to more than 55,000 eBooks, 400 journals, and articles across the humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Coverage includes the content of De Gruyter’s eight imprints: Birkhäuser, De Gruyter Akademie Forschung, De Gruyter Mouton, De Gruyter Oldenbourg, De Gruyter Saur, Deutscher Kunstverlag (DKV), Düsseldorf University Press, and Jovis Verlag.
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If you have seen the Netflix series, The Good Place, you may appreciate the ethical dilemmas that the main characters face while reaching, well, the good place. Michael Schur, creator of The Good Place and the cocreator of Parks and Recreation, gives us a funny guide to living an ethical life in How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question. Check out our other thought provoking works in our Popular Reading collection. Titles range from commentary, fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, to current affairs, social issues, and politics.