OER at City Tech

Author: Joanna Thompson (Page 3 of 7)

LGBTQ+ Free & Open Resources

On May 12th, 2021, I attended “Open Resources for LGBTQ Studies,” facilitated by Elvis Bakaitis and Kate Angell from the Mina Rees Library at the CUNY Graduate Center. This workshop provided an overview of finding openly-licensed or freely accessible subject-specific resources, including archival repositories, OER textbooks, open access scholarship, and some CUNY-based resources. OER advocates and users often note the significant gap in LGBTQ+ open resources, so I wanted to share a few of the resources that were explored during this workshop:

  • Digital Transgender Archive
    “The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world. […] By digitally localizing a wide range of trans-related materials, the DTA expands access to trans history for academics and independent researchers alike in order to foster education and dialog concerning trans history.”
  • The Homosaurus
    “The Homosaurus is an international linked data vocabulary of LGBTQ terms that supports improved access to LGBTQ resources within cultural institutions. Designed to serve as a companion to broad subject term vocabularies, the Homosaurus is a robust and cutting-edge vocabulary of LGBTQ-specific terminology that enhances the discoverability of LGBTQ resources.”
  • Introduction to Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
    “This textbook introduces key feminist concepts and analytical frameworks used in the interdisciplinary Women, Gender, Sexualities field. It unpacks the social construction of knowledge and categories of difference, processes and structures of power and inequality, with a focus on gendered labor in the global economy, and the historical development of feminist social movements. The book emphasizes feminist sociological approaches to analyzing structures of power, drawing heavily from empirical feminist research.”
  • Lesbian Herstory Archives + Lesbian Herstory Archives Audiovisual Collection
    “The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the largest collections of materials about lesbians in the world.”
  • LGBTQ Studies Commons
    “The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.”
  • LGBTQ+ Studies: An Open Textbook
    “This textbook is designed to provide an introduction to and an overview of LGBTQ+ Studies for the introductory level college student and the curious public. […] Designing an openly licensed textbook for LGBTQ+ Studies embodies the spirit of the political struggle for the rights of gender and sexual minorities that also animates the field itself. This textbook is designed to be free for everyone to use; it is community-oriented, and a cultural production grounded in the struggle to challenge stereotypes, silences, and untruths that have long been circulated about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans* folk, queer and non-binary peoples, our histories, and our cultures.”
  • Making Gay History podcast
    “The Making Gay History podcast mines Eric Marcus’s decades-old audio archive of rare interviews — conducted for his award-winning oral history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement — to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history.”
  • QZAP: Queer Zine Archive Project
    “The mission of the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is to establish a “living history” archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create. In curating such a unique aspect of culture, we value a collectivist approach that respects the diversity of experiences that fall under the heading “queer.””

Additional Information

And much more!

For more information on LGBTQ-related resources, please contact the Information Technology and InterLibrary Loan Librarian and liaison for Gender and Sexuality Studies Kel Karpinski (they/them) at kkarpinski@citytech.cuny.edu

For more information about OER and other open resources, please contact OER Librarian Cailean Cooney (she/her) at ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu

New and Noteworthy OER 5/21

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library OER Team’s bi-weekly roundup of new and noteworthy OER. 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. 

Arts & Sciences 

  1. Romeo and Juliet, by Rebecca Olson, Oregon State University (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This edition of Romeo and Juliet was edited by students for students. […] The editors—Oregon State University students who remember, far better than their professors, what it was like to read the play for the first time—carefully considered every pronoun, punctuation mark, and footnote. Our goal: to make a friendly, confidence-building edition that supported classroom activities at the high school and college level.”
  2. ¡Que viva la música! Repaso de conversación en español, by Norma Corrales-Martin, North Broad Press (2021). License: CC BY-NC
    “¡Qué viva la música! Repaso de conversación en español, or Long Live Music! Spanish Conversational Review is an open textbook intended for conversational review, typically a fourth-semester Spanish class. The textbook is organized around nine different songs that provide students opportunities to practice, aurally and orally, as well as in writing, the main communicative goals and key grammatical structures learned in previous classes.”

Professional Studies

  1. Introduction to Communication in Nursing, Edited by Jennifer Lapum, Oona St-Amant, Michelle Hughes, and Joy Garmaise-Yee, Ryerson University (2020). License: CC BY-NC
    “This open access textbook is intended to guide best practices in communication in the context of the nursing profession. The resource addresses communication theory, therapeutic communication and interviewing, and interprofessional communication as it relates to nursing. This resource is designed for students in undergraduate nursing programs.”
  2. Fashion History Timeline from the Fashion Institute of Technology, License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “The Fashion History Timeline is an open-access source for fashion history knowledge, featuring objects and artworks from over a hundred museums and libraries that span the globe. The Timeline website offers well-researched, accessibly written entries on specific artworks, garments and films for those interested in fashion and dress history. Started as a pilot project by FIT art history faculty and students in the Fall of 2015, the Timeline aims to be an important contribution to public knowledge of the history of fashion and to serve as a constantly growing and evolving resource not only for students and faculty, but also for the wider world of those interested in fashion and dress history (from the Renaissance scholar to the simply curious).”

Technology & Design

  1. 360 Essentials: A Beginner’s Guide to Immersive Video Storytelling, by Joshua Cameron, Gary Gould, and Adrian Ma, Ryerson University Library (2021). License: CC BY
    “Our objective with this resource is to walk you through the essential steps in creating compelling and engaging 360 video experiences. While some prior experience with photography or videography can help, the technology available now gives anybody the ability to produce this type of amazing content.”
  2. Basic Motor Control, by Aaron Lee and Chad Flinn, BCcampus (2021). License: CC BY
    “This readily accessible online resource was developed for anyone who has interest in, or works with, AC motors and their associated motor control equipment. Whether you are an electrical apprentice learning about the subject in school or a seasoned journeyperson installing equipment in the field, you will find it easy to navigate through the descriptive text, original diagrams, and explanatory videos to find the exact information you are looking for.”

Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER Librarian: ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu
Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: jpeach@citytech.cuny.edu
Joanna Thompson, Adjunct OER Librarian: jthompson@citytech.cuny.edu 

New and Noteworthy OER 4/23

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library OER Team’s biweekly roundup of new and noteworthy OER. 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. 

Arts & Sciences 

  1. Survey of Native American Literature, by Josh Dickinson, Jefferson Community College (2018). License: CC BY 
    “Survey of Native American Literature offers a multi-genre approach to the field of Native American literature. Each section contains several representative voices, with more recent writings linked and older ones included either in full or as excerpts. Texts are organized with major sections on creation myths, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction/memoir. Standing Bear’s Land of the Spotted Eagle is included, along with a scattering of non-Native writers for contrast. The text also focuses on experiencing Native literature through Western lenses, since that is the viewpoint through which students necessarily approach the topic.”
  2. Answering questions with data: Introductory Statistics for Psychology Students, by Matthew J. C. Crump (2018). License: CC BY-SA
    “This is a mildly opinionated, non-traditional introduction to statistics. It acknowledges some of the major ideas from traditional frequentist approaches, and some Bayesian approaches. Much of the conceptual foundation is rooted in simulations that can be conducted in R. We use some formulas, but mostly explain things without formulas. The textbook was written with math-phobia in mind, and attempts to reduce the phobia associated with arithmetic computations. There are many things missing that should probably be added. We will do our best to add necessary things as we update the textbook.”

Professional Studies

  1. Open RN: Open Resources for Nursing, Chippewa Valley Technical College (2020-2022). License: CC BY
    “The OER Nursing textbooks are written based on the State Nursing curriculum established by the Wisconsin Technical College System, and include: Pharmacology, Skills, Nursing Fundamentals, Mental Health & Community Concepts, and Management & Professional Concepts. Open RN textbooks will be published in Pressbooks where they are free and accessible in online or downloadable formats. The textbooks will be stored in the online repository, LibreTexts, where they can easily be “remixed” by faculty and aligned to their curriculum. The project is led by Chippewa Valley Technical College, and the textbooks are being collaboratively written with faculty from Wisconsin technical colleges. The books will be reviewed by statewide nursing faculty, deans, healthcare alliance members, and other industry representatives to ensure the content is current and accurate.”
  2. Radiation Safety, by Jason S. Ballard, Linn Benton Community College, Open Oregon Educational Resources (2020). License: CC BY
    A comprehensive textbook aligned with “a course designed to meet the training requirements for formal certification in Radiation Safety for both X-ray and gamma Radiographers. This course exceeds the recommendations and training outline set forth by the NRC training manual. It covers personal safety and protection, controlling radiation dose, personal monitoring, survey instruments, biological effects of radiation, exposure devices, emergency procedures, and storage and shipment of devices and sources.”

Technology & Design

  1. Basic Blueprint Reading, by Ric Costin, Open Oregon Educational Resources (2019). 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.”
  2. Basic HVAC, by Aaron Lee, BCcampus (2021). License: CC BY
    “This readily accessible online introductory resource was developed for anyone who has interest in, or works with, HVAC controls and equipment. Designed for electrical and HVAC apprentices learning about the subject in school, you will find the descriptive text and original diagrams easy to navigate through, while the question bank will help students review the subject matter covered in each section.”
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