New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library O.E.R. Team’s bi-weekly roundup of new and noteworthy O.E.R. We try to include at least one O.E.R. relevant to each school at City Tech in every post. At the end of the month, these resources will be compiled and distributed by the library liaison for your department. Please contact us if you know of new or particularly interesting O.E.R. to share with our colleagues or would like more information about O.E.R. initiatives at City Tech. 

Arts & Sciences 

  1. Guide to Byzantine Art, by Evan Freeman & Anne McClanan, Portland State University (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    ““The “Beginner’s guide” introduces foundational concepts, such as the chronology of Byzantine history, sacred imagery, and wearable objects. Subsequent sections are arranged chronologically, covering the Early Byzantine period (c. 330–700), the Iconoclastic Controversy (c. 700s–843), the Middle Byzantine period (843–1204), the Latin Empire (c. 1204–1261), and the Late Byzantine period (c. 1261–1453) and beyond.”

  2. Genetics, Agriculture, and Biotechnology, by Walter Suza, Iowa State University & Donald Lee, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This textbook provides an introduction to plant genetics and biotechnology for the advancement of agriculture. A clear and structured introduction to the topic for learners new to the field of genetics, the book includes: an introduction to the life cycle of the cell, DNA and how it relates to genes and chromosomes, DNA analysis, recombinant DNA, biotechnology, and transmission genetics.” 

Professional Studies

  1. Let’s Talk About Suicide: Raising Awareness and Supporting Students, by Dawn Schell, Jewell Gillies, Barbara Johnston, and Liz Warwick, BCcampus (2021). License: CC BY
    “This adaptable resource offers a sensitive, respectful, and detailed training on suicide awareness and response. It can be used for two-hour synchronous training or for self-study. It was developed to reduce the stigma around suicide and to help faculty and staff acquire the skills and confidence to ask if a student is considering suicide, listen to that student in a non-judgmental way, and refer the student to appropriate resources. This resource was created to be accessible, adaptable, culturally located, evidence-informed, inclusive, and trauma-informed.”

  2. Learning in the Digital Age, edited by Tutaleni Asino, Oklahoma State University Libraries (2021). License: CC BY
    “This book is designed to serve as a textbook for classes exploring the nature of learning in the digital age…When discussing learning in the digital age, most focus on the technology first. However, the emphasis made in this book is that it’s about the learner not just the technology. One of the things that is easy to lose track of when talking about learning in the digital age is the learner. Technology is important and it has a significant impact but it is still about the person who is using the technology.”

Technology & Design

  1. Applied Fluid Mechanics Lab Manual, by Habib Ahmari and Shah Md Imran Kabir (2019). License: CC BY
    “This lab manual provides students with the theory, practical applications, objectives, and laboratory procedure of ten experiments. The manual also includes educational videos showing how student should run each experiment and a workbook for organizing data collected in the lab and preparing result tables and charts.”

  2. Basic Concepts of Structural Design for Architecture Students, by Anahita Khodadadi, Portland State University (2021). License: CC BY-NC
    “Within this book, students learn about different types of loads, forces and vector addition, the concept of equilibrium, internal forces, geometrical and material properties of structural elements, and rules of thumb for estimating the proportion of some structural systems such as catenary cables and arches, trusses, and frame structures.”

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