Month: September 2018

Escape the Libraries: Clue Edition

escaperoom_bannerFSU Libraries is putting on its fourth escape room program in Strozier Library during October 8-19th in study rooms 106A and 106B. The study spaces will be transformed into a Clue-themed experiential learning experience. Participants will have 20 minutes to solve a series of clues using library resources and tools to escape the room and win the game. The goal of this program is to engage students and reinforce basic research skills needed for success within their undergraduate degree.

Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) were invited to schedule a time to bring their classes by during the program’s two week run. For those interested students not in a FIG, we will be hosting two open days where students can sign-up to participate.

Friday, October 12th from 1-5pm OR Thursday, October 18th from 5-10pm

Bring your team (2-5 people) to the “Reservation Station” at Strozier Library to sign up for a 20-minute time slot during the times listed above. The “Reservation Station” will be open starting a half hour before the first game session begins. Stop by to participate and prove your prowess as a detective.

If you have any questions or would like to book your reservation time in advance, please contact Nikki Morse at nmorse@fsu.edu.

Written by: Nikki Morse

ALTERNATIVE TEXTBOOK GRANTS FOR INSTRUCTORS AIM TO REDUCE FINANCIAL BURDEN ON STUDENTS

FSU Libraries are currently taking applications for new Alternative Textbook Grants. These grants support FSU instructors in replacing commercial textbooks with open alternatives that are available to students at no cost. Open textbooks are written by experts and peer-reviewed, just like commercial textbooks, but are published under open copyright licenses so that they can be downloaded, distributed, and adapted for free.

“These grants encourage faculty to relieve some of the financial burden on their students, advancing the University’s strategic goal of ensuring an affordable education for all students regardless of socioeconomic status,” said Gale Etschmaier, Dean of University Libraries. “Grant programs of this kind are having a big impact at elite institutions across the country, collectively saving students millions in textbook costs each year.”

The cost of college textbooks has risen 300% since 1978, with a 90% cost increase over the last decade alone. Due to high costs, many students decide not to purchase textbooks, a decision which is proven to negatively impact student success. In a recent survey conducted by the Libraries, 72% of FSU students (n = 350) reported having not purchased a required textbook due to high cost. Instructors who participated in previous rounds of the Alternative Textbook Grants program are expected to save FSU students up to $270,000 by Summer 2019.

During the 2018-19 academic year, ten grants of $1,000 each will be available to FSU instructors who are interested in replacing commercial course materials with open textbooks, library-licensed electronic books or journal articles, or other zero-cost educational resources. Thanks to a partnership with International Programs, an additional ten grants of $1000 will be available for faculty who teach at FSU’s international study centers.

Interested instructors are encouraged to review the grant requirements and submit an online application form by the following dates:

  • October 1st, 2018 (for spring and summer on-campus courses)
  • November 1st, 2018 (for courses taught at our international study centers)
  • February 1st, 2019 (for summer and fall courses)

Successful applicants will receive training and consultations to assist them in implementing their alternative textbook. For more information, and to apply for a grant, please visit lib.fsu.edu/alttextbooks or contact Devin Soper, Scholarly Communications Librarian at dsoper@fsu.edu.

Florida State University Libraries’ mission is to drive academic excellence and success by fostering engagement through extensive collections, dynamic information resources, transformative collaborations, innovative services and supportive environments for FSU and the broader scholarly community.

THE FAMU-FSU COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING IS IMPROVING OUTREACH EFFORTS

FSU Libraries provides research, citation management, and public access support to students at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. This joint program is located on a campus between Florida State University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. FAMU-FSU College of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Over the past 20 years, the College has awarded more than 5,000 degrees.

This year, FSU College of Engineering Librarians Renaine Julian and Denise A. Wetzel are working to increase outreach and services for students, staff, and faculty. Through the production of targeted postcards for faculty, to a brown bag workshop series, to the overhauling of the College of Engineering Library webpage, Fall 2018 is the semester of big changes.

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This Fall, College of Engineering Librarians are providing a series of brown bag workshops geared toward engineering researchers. These workshops will take place in Room B-202 at the College of Engineering. “Library Research 101 for Engineers” is set to be presented on Thursday, September 27thand Friday, September 28th. “Advanced Library Research for Engineers” will follow on Tuesday, October 9thand Friday, October 12th. To find out more information and to register, please click on any of the dates above. We request that all attendees bring a laptop to these sessions.

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The new FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Library webpage is now available. It can be found at: https://www.eng.famu.fsu.edu/library/. This page is simple to use, lists the library hours, includes links to get research started, and has the contact information for your College of Engineering personnel. Please take a look at this new site and bookmark it to easily find College of Engineering Library help.

If you have any questions or suggestions about FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Outreach, please contact Denise A. Wetzel at dwetzel@fsu.eduor (850) 644-3079.

Written By: Denise A. Wetzel

Open Textbook Network Workshop for FSU Faculty

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The Office of the Provost is sponsoring an open textbook workshop for FSU faculty from 10:00am-12:00pm on Thursday, October 25th. The workshop will be facilitated by two Open Textbook Network trainers, Dr. Abbey Dvorak and Josh Bolick from the University of Kansas. The purpose of the workshop is to introduce faculty to open textbooks and the benefits they can bring to student learning, faculty pedagogical practice, and social justice on campus.

Participating faculty will be invited to engage with an open textbook in their discipline by writing a brief review, for which they will be eligible to receive a $200 stipend.

What: Open Textbook Network Workshop

Where: Bradley Reading Room, Strozier Library

When: Thursday, October 25th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Interested faculty members are invited to apply by Friday, October 12th. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on the availability of open textbooks in applicable subject areas.

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Devin Soper, Scholarly Communications Librarian, at 850-645-2600 or dsoper@fsu.edu. You can also visit the Open & Affordable Textbook Initiative website for more information about our open education initiatives.