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New and Noteworthy 04/08

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.

Open Education

  1. Authoring Open Textbooks, by Melissa Falldin and Karen Lauritsen, Open Education Network. License: CC BY
    “This guide is for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.”
  1. Considerations of Open: Faculty Reflections about Open Educational Resources, edited by Elvis Bakaitis; contributors: Nora Almeida, Colleen Birchett, Cailean Cooney, Emma Kontzamanis, Sarah Nguyen, Joshua Peach, Christopher Swift, Jesse Rice-Evans, Jenna Spevack, Carol Thomas, and Joanna Thompson, New York City College of Technology (2022).
    License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “The New York City College of Technology (CityTech) fosters robust and interdisciplinary work involving Open Educational Resources. This compilation brings together the reflections of twelve faculty members about the intersection of open resources with Theater Arts, English Literature, Communication Design, Nursing, and Library & Information Science.”

  2. Towards a Critically Open Future: An Annotated Resource Guide for Open Educational Resources, by Brian Mercado, Angela LaScala-Gruenewald, Nicole Cote, Maria Victoria Salazar, and Tania Avilés Vergara; edited by Elvis Bakaitis. License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Annotated Resource Guides offer an in-depth look at a variety of topics, through a critical lens with a focus on open resources. These extensive guides are an essential tool for educators, addressing contemporary issues of police violence, feminist care narratives, the historical impact(s) of pandemics, and Latinx community activism.”

Arts & Sciences 

  1. Climate, Justice and Energy Solutions, by Dargan M. W. Frierson, University of Washington (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Climate, Justice and Energy Solutions is for visionaries, dreamers, utopian thinkers, and social justice advocates. It’s for those who can imagine not just surviving in a world without fossil fuels, but truly flourishing. The hope is that activists in a wide range of fields can use this text to help bolster their knowledge of science-based climate action when they’re building the next wave of social movements, renewable power networks, and regenerative communities.”
  1. Culture and Psychology, by L.D. Worthy,T. Lavigne, and F. Romero, Maricopa Community Colleges (2020). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Culture is one of the most powerful forces in the world. It shapes how we make sense of our world, how we express ourselves and how we understand and relate to others. In this textbook we introduce cultural universals and culturally specific constructs in psychology. This textbook was created for an undergraduate course that appeals to psychology majors and non-majors because it meets several general education and transfer credit requirements.”

Professional Studies

  1. Fermentology: on the culture, history, and future of fermented foods, by NC State University Public Science Lab (2021). License: CC BY
    “Fermentology is a series of talks and related resources about the culture, history, and science behind the foods you have at home. It began as a project of the NC State University Public Science Lab, with support and partnerships from the NC State University Libraries and the Center for Evolutionary Hologenomics at the University of Copenhagen. In this website you will find the lectures (captured via Zoom and posted to YouTube), some of which are transcribed and enriched with media, web resources, recipes, and more. Come back often, to taste and see. This is just the start(er).”

  2. Foundations in Digital Marketing: Building meaningful customer relationships and engaged audiences, by Rochelle Grayson, BCcampus (2022). License: CC BY
    “Foundations in Digital Marketing is a textbook intended to introduce marketing students to the world of digital marketing. The book covers fundamental frameworks, practical applications, and online tools that can all be applied to build and execute a cohesive and engaging digital marketing strategy.”

Technology & Design

  1. Coastal Dynamics by Judith Bosboom and Marcel J.F. Stive, TU Delft (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This textbook on Coastal Dynamics focuses on the interrelation between physical wave, flow and sediment transport phenomena and the resulting morphodynamics of a wide variety of coastal systems. The textbook is unique in that it explicitly connects the dynamics of open coasts and tidal basins; not only is the interaction between open coasts and tidal basins of basic importance for the evolution of most coastal systems, but describing the similarities between their physical processes is highly instructive as well. This textbook emphasizes these similarities to the benefit of understanding shared processes such as nonlinearities in flow and sediment transport.”
  1. Dredging Engineering: Special Topics by Sape A. Miedema, TU Delft (2019). License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “In dredging, production estimating is carried out mainly with analytical physical models of the different dredging processes. Slurry transport of settling slurries and cutting processes in sand, clay and rock are already covered in two other books by the author. Other processes like hopper sedimentation and erosion, water jet fluidization, cutter head spillage, pump/pipeline dynamics and clamshell dredging are covered in this Special Topics Edition.”

City Tech O.E.R. team
Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER Librarian: ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu
Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: jpeach@citytech.cuny.edu
Rachel Jones, Adjunct Librarian

New and Noteworthy 03/25

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. An Introduction to African and Afro-Diasporic Peoples and Influences in British Literature and Culture before the Industrial Revolution, by Jonathan Elmore and Jenni Halpin, University System of Georgia (2021).
    License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Funded by the University System of Georgia’s “Affordable Learning Georgia” initiative, An Introduction to African and Afro-Diasporic Peoples and Influences in British Literature and Culture before the Industrial Revolution corrects, expands, and celebrates the presence of the African Diaspora in the study of British Literature, undoing some of the anti-Black history of British studies.”
  1. forall x: Calgary, by Aaron Thomas-Bolduc, Richard Zach, P. D. Magnus, and Tim Button, University of Calgary (2020). License: CC BY
    “forall x: Calgary is a full-featured textbook on formal logic. It covers key notions of logic such as consequence and validity of arguments, the syntax of truth-functional propositional logic TFL and truth-table semantics, the syntax of first-order (predicate) logic FOL with identity (first-order interpretations), translating (formalizing) English in TFL and FOL, and Fitch-style natural deduction proof systems for both TFL and FOL. It also deals with some advanced topics such as modal logic, soundness, and functional completeness. Exercises with solutions are available. It is provided in PDF (for screen reading, printing, and a special version for dyslexics) and in LaTeX source code.”
  1. Introduction to Anthropology, by Jennifer Hasty, David G. Lewis, and Marjorie M. Snipes, OpenStax (2022). License: CC BY
    “Designed to meet the scope and sequence of your course, OpenStax Introduction to Anthropology is a four-field text integrating diverse voices, engaging field activities, and meaningful themes like Indigenous experiences and social inequality to engage students and enrich learning. The text showcases the historical context of the discipline, with a strong focus on anthropology as a living and evolving field.  There is significant discussion of recent efforts to make the field more diverse—in its practitioners, in the questions it asks, and in the applications of anthropological research to address contemporary challenges.  In addressing social inequality, the text drives readers to consider the rise and impact of social inequalities based on forms of identity and difference (such as gender, ethnicity, race, and class) as well as oppression and discrimination. The contributors to and dangers of socioeconomic inequality are fully addressed, and the role of inequality in social dysfunction, disruption, and change is noted.”


Professional Studies

  1. Garde Manger: A Guide to the Cold Kitchen, by William Thibodeaux and Marshall Welsh, LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network (2021).
    License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “The Garde Manger course is an introduction to the art and craft of the cold kitchen. It is rooted in preservation methods and techniques dating back to the days when the Garde Manger or ‘keeper of the food’ had no refrigeration and needed to preserve food for its wholesomeness. Techniques such as aspics and terrines are making a resurgence in the modern kitchen and a good foundation is important for you to be able to create your own niche as a modern chef. First, learn the old then redefine the new.”

  2. Introduction to Baking and Pastries, by Tammy Rink, LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This introductory text on baking and pastries cover the following topics: baking and pastry equipment; dry ingredients; quick breads; yeast doughs; pastry doughs; custards; cake and buttercreams; pie doughs and ice cream; mousses, Bavarians, and souffle; and cookies. The appendix includes measurement and conversion charts, cake terms, and industry resources.”

  3. Public Health Image Library, by Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (2022). License: Public Domain and Copyright Protected
    “Much of the information critical to the communication of public health messages is pictorial rather than text-based. Created by a Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC’s pictures. We welcome public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages. Many images are “Public Domain” (free use), but some are “Copyright Protected” (restricted, obtain permission before use).”


Technology & Design

  1. Basic Motor Control by Aaron Lee and Chad Flinn, BCcampus (2020). 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.
  1. Introduction to Electronics by Tim Grebner, Minnesota State Opendora (2019). License: CC BY-NC
    The advent of electronics has had a profound impact on our lives and impacted nearly every product that we use either directly or indirectly. Without electronics, present day computers, cell phones, stereos, televisions, and the internet would not be possible. And of course, without computers and modern communications tools, society could not have made the huge strides in fields such as medicine, aerospace technologies, meteorology, transportation, agriculture, education, and many others. It is for these reasons that the invention of the transistor is considered as one of the most important technological advancements in history.
  1. Technics and Architecture: The Development of Materials and Systems for Building by Cecil D. Elliott, MIT Open Pres (reprint of 1994 classic).
    License: CC BY-NC-ND 
    In this richly illustrated history Cecil Elliott focuses on a neglected aspect of architecture, the technics of building form. Elliott tells the story in two parts, first covering materials – in chapters on wood, masonry, terracotta, iron and steel, glass, cement, and reinforced concrete – and then systems – including lightning protection, sanitation, lighting, heating, air conditioning, elevators and escalators, fire protection, structural engineering, and acoustics. Each chapter begins with a review of the relevant classical and medieval technology, then focuses on developments over the past two centuries, including related business, political, scientific, or social events where these impinge on development or usage.

City Tech O.E.R. team

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

New and Noteworthy OER 2/26

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library OER Team’s 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. 

Remote Teaching Resources

  1. Zoom Backgrounds, by Pam Wishbow (2020). License: CC BY-NC-ND.
    “It’s been a hard time here in the first and now second quarters of 2020, working from home presents it’s own challenges and some of those are ‘wow my house is a mess.’ With work meetings still going for many I thought I would do what I can to help those to hide what they want from their coworkers or families.”

Arts & Sciences 

  1. Action Research, Kansas State University (2020). License: CC BY-NC.
    “The primary purpose of this book is to offer clear steps and practical guidance to those who intend to carry out action research for the first time. As educators begin their action research journey, we feel it is vital to pose four questions: 1) What is action research, and how is it distinct from other educational research?; 2) When is it appropriate for an educator to conduct an action research project in their context?; 3) How does an educator conduct an action research project?; 4) What does an educator do with the data once the action research project has been conducted? We have attempted to address all four questions in the chapters of this book.”
  2. The Art of Being Human: A Textbook for Cultural Anthropology, by Michael Wesch, Kansas State University (2018). License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “Anthropology is the study of all humans in all times in all places. But it is so much more than that. “Anthropology requires strength, valor, and courage,” Nancy Scheper-Hughes noted. […] You will find ideas that can carry you across rivers of doubt and over mountains of fear to find the light and life of places forgotten. Real anthropology cannot be contained in a book. You have to go out and feel the world’s jagged edges, wipe its dust from your brow, and at times, leave your blood in its soil. In this unique book, Dr. Michael Wesch shares many of his own adventures of being an anthropologist and what the science of human beings can tell us about the art of being human. It serves as a companion to anth101.com, a free and open resource for instructors of cultural anthropology.”

Professional Studies

  1. Fundamentals of Business, third edition, by Stephen J. Skripak and Ron Poff, Pamplin College of Business, in association with Virginia Tech Publishing (2020). License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “A 370-page open education resource intended to serve as a no-cost, faculty customizable primary text for one-semester undergraduate introductory business courses. It covers the following topics in business: Teamwork; economics; ethics; entrepreneurship; business ownership, management, and leadership; organizational structures and operations management; human resources and motivating employees; managing in labor union contexts; marketing and pricing strategy; hospitality and tourism, accounting and finance, and personal finances.”
  2. Global Business, by Jacobus Boers, University System of Georgia (2020). License: CC BY.
    “Topics covered include the global context of business, currency, supply chains, legal systems, culture and values, financial markets, economic complexity, global value chains, experts, and global competition. A revision of Global Business is currently in development to include the effects of a pandemic on geopolitical and supply-chain dynamics.”

Technology & Design

  1. Affordances and the Potential for Architecture, by Bob Condia, Andrea Jelić, Harry Francis Mallgrave, Sarah Robinson, and James R. Hamilton, New Prairie Press (2020). License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “Affordances and the Potential for Architecture divulges our engagement with the built environment is a deeply rooted experience. In a biological and philosophical sense, it reveals that the mind is inseparable from the body, just as the body is inseparable from its environment. The world displays itself before us as rife with potential movements, activities, engagements, for which we continuously rehearse the myriad possibilities and choose the best course of action in the moment. It defines our phenomenological natures through this readiness-for-action, and thereby suggests we will improve the spaces, buildings, and landscapes that we inhabit by mastering how we enact and perceive them. This concise manuscript proposes affordances as an important contribution to thinking about architecture, space, and perception. To be sure, Architecture is not an object but something we do.”
  2. The Web, Publishing, and Ourselves, by Sophie Mackenzie and Juan Pablo Alperin, SFU Publishing (2020). License: CC BY-NC.
    “The Web, Publishing, and Ourselves is a new open textbook that critically explores the relationship between technology and publishing, as well as the many ways in which technologies are shaping our personal lives.”

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 

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