FSU Libraries News

FSU observes Open Access Week 2020 and celebrates a year of action

Happy Open Access Week! Open Access Week (Oct. 19 -25, 2020) is a time to celebrate open access, raise awareness and observe the work done to support OA year-round. The core principle of open access is that all published scholarship and research should be accessible to the general public. Those new to open access can learn more in this video from PhD Comics:  https://youtu.be/L5rVH1KGBCY.

The Open Access Week theme for 2020 is Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion

Universities around the world are supporting this principle in different ways. The Libraries’ Office of Digital Research and Scholarship created an anti-racism action plan, conducted research on the experiences of marginalized scholars and students interacting with open, and added cultural competency in teaching modules to the Canvas course for Alternative Textbook Grant recipients. Of course, this is only a start to building structural equity and inclusion into local open infrastructure at FSU.

This past year, Florida State has shown commitment to the principle of open access through several actions:

  1. Reinstating the Alternative Textbook Grant Program to support open and affordable materials, especially as students and instructors contend with remote courses and financial uncertainty.
  2. Continuing the Open Access Fund and developing the ‘Open Scholars Project’ to support an informal yet active community of practice around open access at FSU. Coming this spring!
  3. Hosting the Fall 2020 Road Scholars virtual event Friday, November 13, in partnership with the Road Scholars Committee, Faculty Senate, and the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement:

The annual FSU Road Scholars speaker series welcomes distinguished scholars from institutions within the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to FSU during weeks that coincide with ACC athletic events. The Fall 2020 virtual event Friday, November 13 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm EST will feature Micah Vandegrift, Open Knowledge Librarian at North Carolina State University. He will be speaking about his project as a Fulbright-Schuman Research Fellow, titled “Open Scholarship Policies and Technologies: The European Research Library as a Model for Advancing Global Scholarly Communication”. The event will include an hour lecture and additional time for questions. Register here: https://fla.st/3nNEkat

Library Tutoring is on Zoom

The Strozier Library Learning District late-night tutoring has moved online. Due to the recent closure of the FSU campus, we’re now on Zoom! The Learning District is still providing students tutoring on all the usual subjects and operating during our regularly scheduled times, but students can now ask us questions from their own living rooms.

Attention, Students! We’re still here to help!

What is Zoom?

Zoom is an online video conferencing application, and most FSU courses have switched to Zoom lectures and classes. This application also allows the Learning District tutors the chance to chat with students and help subjects in real time no matter where each person is located.

If you need assistance figuring out Zoom, start with this page of FSU’s Information Technology Services site or Zoom’s official help center.

How can I find FSU Zoom tutoring?

From the main tutoring home page, details on hours and how to connect to our tutors are on the Online Tutoring page. During active hours, you can also reach most of our tutors directly by visiting this page for the Zoom link.

What subjects are being tutoring?

The Learning District offers chemistry, math, and physics. We also have our Expanded Subjects tutoring which covers economics, English, and other humanities.

What time is tutoring?

Zoom tutoring for STEM subjects is available Sunday-Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. EST to midnight EST.

Other subjects may be available between 6:00 p.m. EST and midnight EST, Sunday through Thursday, but specific hours vary by tutor, so check the calendar on this page for details.

FSU Libraries’ Celebrates Newly-Tenured Faculty

On April 22, 2019, newly-tenured FSU faculty celebrated their accomplishments during a reception at the President’s house. Each year, FSU Libraries honor the achievements of newly-tenured faculty by selecting an item for the collection in their name. These items are on display the celebration event, with a paragraph describing why each particular item was selected and its significance.

To view the list of faculty and their explanation of the books or materials they hand-picked to be purchased and book plated in their honor, click here.

Additional Study Rooms for Students

FSU Libraries is expanding the circulation of individual study room keys for students this semester! With their overall popularity throughout the last academic year (2017-18) and an-ever growing wait list, we have added more rooms to accommodate students. These study rooms are intended for individual, quiet study, available exclusively to graduate students. They are located on the second floor, and you may use the room as a temporary office space where you may leave your research materials throughout your booking time of two weeks. When you check out one of these keys, you are given a key to your assigned room, which is indicated on the key tag.

You may request one of these rooms by filling out the Graduate Student Individual Extended Time Study Room form. You will receive a confirmation email regarding the status of your reservation, but please be mindful that you may be placed on a wait list if there are no vacant rooms. Once you are approved for checking out a key, you may go to the circulation desk at any time and check it out with your FSU ID.

If you are looking for an individual study room for a shorter booking, we also have keys for 4 hour checkout. These are available at the circulation desk on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

If you have any questions or concerns about a key reservation, please contact either Jasmine Spitler (jspitler@fsu.edu) or Jeff Hipsher (jhipsher@fsu.edu).

Written By: Jasmine Spitler

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.

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.

FSU Libraries Year of Poetry: A community event you won’t want to miss.

The Southeast Review is excited to kick off the new school year with our confessions-themed open mic fundraiser + Issue 36.2 launch, hosted by the one and only David Kirby! Join us on Tuesday, September 4th at The Bark (507 All Saints St). Doors open at 7 pm. Read your most embarrassing elementary / middle school / high school / undergrad diary entries, sing a song, read a poem, perform a dramatic monologue—the stage is all yours. After all, what’s more literary or poetic than a confession?

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We will also have a photobooth (created by Art Editor, Kelly Butler; pictures taken by Kenny Johnson), a baked goods table (organized by Poetry Editor, Jayme Ringleb), a typewriter “instant poem” station (thank you, Cocoa Williams), and a silent auction table with donations from Barbara Hamby (baskets of her famous jams), Diane Roberts (a jar of her famous Tupelo Honey), Nonfiction Editor, Laurel Lathrop (short story consultation). and gift cards and merchandise from local businesses: Township, Madison Social, Lake Tribe Brewing Company, Fifth and Thomas, Painting with a Twist, The Bookshelf, Skate World, Sangha Press, SoDOUGH, Tally Cat Cafe, Quarter Moon Imports, Garnet and Gold, Taco Bout It, Sneaux Balls, Fat Cat Cafe, and Lucilla. Many thanks to all our donors and volunteers! Proceeds will go towards The Southeast Review printing costs.

Finally, let’s celebrate the launch of Issue 36.2! The Southeast Review has an exciting year ahead, especially as we continue to publish both emerging and established writers in both print issues and our new online companion, SER TWO (“This Week Online”), a projected initiated and executed by our wonderful Assistant Editor, Zach Linge. As Editor, I’m really looking forward to showcasing this beautiful mix of voices and continue to grow our online space. Things just keep getting better and better, so come celebrate with us at The Bark on Tuesday, September 4th. We’ll have our new issue on display (and for sale) during our event!

LEARN MORE: FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

Summer Government Information Displays

FSU Libraries is a depository library for United States Federal publications, State of Florida publications, and United Nations Publications.

Every month I coordinate with Mohamed Berray, Social Science Librarian and Coordinator for Government Information, to create a government documents & information display around a specific topic that highlights works in our collections.

Our Government Information display area is at the far end of the Scholars Commons floor before the rear stairway and elevators.

This summer, we had three monthly displays.

  • Memorial Day Display: From May until early June we celebrated the United States’Memorial Day Government Information & Document Display May 2018 Display observance of Memorial Day. Celebrated on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is celebrated to remember those who died while serving in the military. The display features a poster depicting members of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Thirty eight women in WASP have died while serving during World War II. The items on display are a mix of related federal documents, items from the general collection, and an item from our juvenile collection on Memorial Day.

 

  • National Parks Display: June and July’s display honored the National Parks including the Fourth of July celebrations on the Washington mall. Millions of people visit the national parksNational Parks Government Information & Document Display May 2018 Display every year and many go during the summer. The U.S. National Park Service commissioned Hawaii Volcano poster is a reissue of Charley Harper’s original artwork. The display included federal documents and items from the general collection. There were also some e-cards with featured e-resources viaQR codes including a link to the national parks’ celebrations for the Fourth of July.

 

  • Women’s Suffrage Display: Our current display celebrates the Women's Suffrage Government Information & Document Display May 2018 Displaywomen’s suffrage movement in honor of the Voting Rights Act’s anniversary on August 18. This poster was designed to celebrate women’s history, includes images of historic women in the letters, and has been seen on related displays. The items on display are a mix of Federal documents, UN documents, reference items, and materials from the general collection that celebrate women’s suffrage movements around the world. E-cards have QR codes for electronic resources related to the topic that you can access on or off campus.

 

Earlier this year, FSU Libraries was recognized as a top 20 depository nationwide for our outreach and display of US Federal collections. Our collections serve FSU students, faculty, and staff, and members of the Tallahassee community.

WRITTEN BY: Nicole Gaudier Alemañy