New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library OER Team’s monthly roundup of new and noteworthy open educational resources. We try to include at least one OER 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 OER to share with our colleagues or would like more information about OER initiatives at City Tech.


  • Beliefs: An Open Invitation to the Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion, by Amanda Zunner-Keating, Madlen Avetyan, and Ben Shepard (2023?). License: CC BY
    “The Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion” is a classic course in departments of anthropology all over the world. In part, this is because every culture engages with these three topics. Their universal presence across cultures provides lessons about our shared nature as humans. At the same time, every culture engages with these topics in its own way. Their diverse expression across cultures also warrants explanation.”


  • Business Law, Ethics, and Sustainability, by Andrew J Hosmanek, Brenden Smith, and Michael Dayton (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Business Law, Ethics, and Sustainability is a textbook for undergraduate law courses. It covers business law topics such as contracts, business organizations, employment law, and torts, as well as a general survey of American law. Additional topics include Constitutional law, civil rights, environmental law, criminal law, and litigation.”
  • Intro to Social Media, by Cheryl Lawson, Oklahoma State University (2022). License: CC BY
    “This book is aimed at managers, business owners, marketing managers, and aspiring social media marketing interns and managers. I will assume that however accomplished in your own field – baker, developer, teacher and that even as successful business owners, you approach the topic of social media marketing as a beginner. Even if you are an avid personal user of social networks, we will treat this book as a guided tour of social media for marketing purposes.”

Communication Design

  • Tools for Podcasting by Jill Olmsted, American University (2023). License: CC BY
    “If you’re interested in learning about the growing universe of podcasting, how it works and finding tools and inspiration to create your own podcast, this online resource is for you. My focus is on audio podcasting and this practical guide will help you navigate the technology and best practices in an easy-to-understand handbook.”

Computer Systems Technology

  • Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project – 2nd Edition by Karl Fogel (2005). License: CC BY-SA
    “Producing Open Source Software is a book about the human side of open source development. It describes how successful projects operate, the expectations of users and developers, and the culture of free software.”
  • Programming Persistent Memory: A Comprehensive Guide for Developers, by Steve Scargall, Apress (2020). License: CC BY
    “Programming Persistent Memory describes the technology and why it is exciting the industry. It covers the operating system and hardware requirements as well as how to create development environments using emulated or real persistent memory hardware. The book explains fundamental concepts; provides an introduction to persistent memory programming APIs for C, C++, JavaScript, and other languages; discusses RMDA with persistent memory; reviews security features; and presents many examples.”

Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology

  • VESL Basic Blueprint Reading by Lisa Hillyard, Open Oregon Educational Resources (2023). License: CC BY
    “This is an entry level blueprint reading book written for the first year welding student. The book will be used in the first term of a two year welding program to familiarize the student to sketching and reading blueprints.”


  • Economics for Life: Real World Financial Literacy, Donald Wargo, Temple University Press (2023). License: CC BY-NC
    “This textbook is primarily written for a course in financial literacy for college undergraduates. However, they do not have to be business or economics majors. In my most recent class, using this book, there were Art History majors and Engineering majors who were quite comfortable with this textbook. The only math prerequisite is an understanding of high school algebra and ability to read graphs. Any formulae in the book are not complicated beyond elementary algebra.”


  • An Open Companion to Early British Literature, edited by Allegra Villarreal (2019). License: CC BY-NC
    “Our Open Companion is both an anthology to the great works of early British literature and a guide for future students and any interested audiences. This book represents the voices of a diverse group of community college students who have penned the introductions for each open-source reading and have further provided sample essays, discussion questions, annotations and digital learning objects to aid in the comprehension of often quite challenging texts. Their generosity, good humor and dedication to this project have made this book possible.”


  • Nursing Pharmacology, by Elizabeth Christman and Kimberly Ernstmeyer, Chippewa Valley Technical College (Updated 2023). License: CC BY
    “This open access Nursing Pharmacology textbook is designed for entry-level undergraduate nursing students.  It explains basic concepts of pharmacology and describes common medication classes. This book is not intended to be used as a drug reference book, but direct links are provided to DailyMed, which provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States.”


  • The Last Years of Polish Jewry: On the Eve of Destruction: Essays, 1935-37 (volume 2), by Yankev Leshchinksy. Translated by Robert Brym. Translation: 2023. License: CC BY-NC
    “Ukrainian-born Yankev Leshchinsky (1876-1966) was the leading scholarly and journalistic analyst of Eastern European Jewish socioeconomic and political life from the 1920s to the 1950s. Known as “the dean of Jewish sociologists” and “the father of Jewish demography,” Leshchinsky published a series of insightful and moving essays in Yiddish on Polish Jewry between 1927 and 1937. The Last Years of Polish Jewry helps to rectify this situation by translating some of Leshchinsky’s key essays.”

OER Team:
Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER Librarian: Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian:
Jo Thompson, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian:

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