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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 02/25

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. 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 (2022).
    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.”

  2. The Story of Earth: An Observational Guide, by Daniel Hauptvogel and Virginia Sisson, University of Houston (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Our goal in creating the material for this lab manual was to focus heavily on students making observations of geologic data, whether rocks, minerals, fossils, maps, graphs, and other things. We want students to look at things and wonder why, how, and when. The exercises and examples used in this book are scattered throughout the world. We wanted to make sure that one region of the world was not the sole focus of this work.”

Professional Studies

  1. Introduction to Entrepreneurship, by Katherine Carpenter, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This course introduces students to entrepreneurship as an approach to life and to create their own careers. Through foundational concepts and frameworks, this course examines entrepreneurship as a process including: entrepreneurial identity, opportunity creation and evaluation, mobilizing resources, and growth. The course is designed around the major stages in this process, and an overview of factors that are key to entrepreneurial success is provided.”

  2. Teaching Early and Elementary STEM, by Alissa A, Lange, Laura Robertson, Jamie Price, and Amie Craven, East Tennessee State University (2021).
    License: CC BY-NC
    “This Open Access Educational textbook, “Teaching Early and Elementary STEM”, was written to support pre-service early childhood and elementary teachers in their journey to become facilitators of science, technology, engineering, and math, or “STEM,” and “integrated STEM” in their future classrooms. Students who read and use this text will deepen their understanding of “STEM” and “integrated STEM,” learn what early childhood and elementary students need to know and be able to do in relation to STEM, and understand ways to create activity plans and implement current research-based approaches to teaching and pedagogy.”

Technology & Design

  1. Technical Writing Essentials by Susan Last, University of Victoria (2019).
    License: CC BY
    This open textbook is designed to introduce readers to the basics of technical communication: audience and task analysis in workplace contexts, clear and concise communications style, effective document design, teamwork and collaboration, and fundamental research skills.
  1. Elementary Ergonomics by Marijke Dekker, TU Delft (2016, updated 2020).
    License: CC BY
    Elementary Ergonomics is an introduction to basic physical ergonomics theory and practice for students. The course consists of the following topics: anthropometry (1D, 2D, 3D including digital human modeling), biomechanics, and comfort.
  1. Urban Design for the Public Good: Dutch Urbanism by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU-Delft (2017, updated 2020). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    This course focuses on a unique Dutch approach to Urbanism. Dutch Urbanism focuses on improving the physical environment in relation to the public good, including safety, wellbeing, sustainability, and even beauty. All the material in this course is presented at entry level. 

City Tech OER 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 02/11

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. Gendered Lives: Global Issues, by Nadine T. Fernandez and Katie Nelson, Milne Open Textbooks (2021). License: CC BY
    “Gendered Lives takes a regional approach to examine gender issues from an anthropological perspective with a focus on globalization and intersectionality. Chapters present contributors’ ethnographic research, contextualizing their findings within four geographic regions: Latin America, the Caribbean, South Asia, and the Global North.”

  2. Introduction to Philosophy: Aesthetic Theory and Practice, edited by Valery Vino, The Rebus Community (2021). License: CC BY
    Aesthetic Theory and Practice offers fresh perspectives on canonical and emerging topics in aesthetics, and also brings attention to a number of culturally sensitive topics that are customarily silenced in introductions to philosophical aesthetics. The papers are heterogeneous in terms of length and degrees of difficulty, inviting the reader into the study of contemporary aesthetics, which spans a lifetime.”

Professional Studies

  1. Building a Medical Terminology Foundation, by Kimberlee Carter and Marie Rutherford, eCampus Ontario (2020). License: CC BY
    “Building a Medical Terminology Foundation is an OER that focuses on breaking down medical terms into their word parts, pronouncing medical terms, and learning the meaning of medical terms within the context of introductory anatomy and physiology. This resource is targeted for health office administration and health services students in the first year of their college programs.”

  2. Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professions, by Andrea Nelson and Katherine Greene, University of West Florida Libraries (2021).
    License: CC BY
    “Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professions is an Open Educational Resource (OER) that focuses on breaking down, pronouncing, and learning the meaning of medical terms within the context of anatomy and physiology. This resource is targeted for Healthcare Administration, Health Sciences, and Pre-Professional students.”

  3. Open Social Work, by Matthew DeCarlo, Stockton University, and Kimberly Pendell, Portland State University (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Open Social Work is a community resource for open educational resources and practices related to social work. A collaborative project that addresses open education, open access, open science, and the practices that support them. We aim to make it as easy as possible for faculty to begin working in open education. There are over 60 open textbooks and 100 open access books relevant to social work education.”

Technology & Design

  1. Building with Nature & Beyond: Principles for designing nature based engineering solutions, by Jill H. Slinger, TU Delft Open (2021).
    License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This book is based upon the edX MOOCs Engineering: Building with Nature and Beyond Engineering: Building with Nature. The Engineering: Building with Nature MOOC, explores the use of natural materials and ecological processes in achieving effective and sustainable hydraulic infrastructure designs, distilling Engineering and Ecological Design Principles. In the Beyond Engineering: Building with Nature course, the missing element of Social Design Principles is developed and taught.”

  2. Evidence-based Software Engineering, by Derek M. Jones, Knowledge Software (2020). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This book discusses what is currently known about software engineering, based on an analysis of all the publicly available data. This aim is not as ambitious as it sounds, because there is not a great deal of data publicly available. The intent is to provide material that is useful to professional developers working in industry; until recently researchers in software engineering have been more interested in vanity work, promoted by ego and bluster.”

City Tech OER 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

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