OER at City Tech

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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 OER 9/17

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. 

African American Studies

  1. The Bright Continent: African Art History, by Kathy Curnow, Cleveland State University (2018). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This book aims to act as your map through the world of African art. As such, it will help you define the competencies you need to develop–visual analysis, research, noting what information is critical, asking questions, and writing down your observations–and provide opportunities for you to practice these skills until you are proficient. It will also expose you to new art forms and the worlds that produced them, enriching your understanding and appreciation.”

  2. The Foundations of Hip-Hop Encyclopedia, by Anthony Kwame Harrison, Craig E. Arthur (eds.), Virginia Tech Publishing (2020). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “The Foundations of Hip-Hop Encyclopedia is a general reference work for students, scholars, and virtually anyone interested in Hip-Hop’s formative years. In thirty-six entries, it covers the key developments, practices, personalities, and products that mark the history of Hip-Hop from the 1970s through the early ‘90s. All entries are written by students at Virginia Tech who enthusiastically enrolled in a course on Hip-Hop taught by Dr. Anthony Kwame Harrison, author of Hip Hop Underground, and co-taught by Craig E. Arthur.”
  1. Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience, by Joshua Farrington, Norman W. Powell, and Gwendolyn Graham, Encompass Digital Archive (2019). License: CC BY
    “Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience gives instructors, students, and general readers a comprehensive and up-to-date account of African Americans’ cultural and political history, economic development, artistic expressiveness, and religious and philosophical worldviews in a critical framework.”

Chemistry & Environmental Science

  1. Analytical Chemistry 2.1, by David T. Harvey (2016). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “The introductory course in analytical chemistry is the ideal place in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum for exploring topics such as experimental design, sampling, calibration strategies, standardization, optimization, statistics, and the validation of experimental results. Analytical methods come and go, but best practices for designing and validating analytical methods are universal.”

  2. Climate Lessons: Environmental, Social, Local, by Marja Bakermans, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2021).
    “This course attempts to bring together knowledge of the science of ecological and climate systems and their changing status with knowledge of the social and communal structures within which these systems are embedded and through which they have been influenced.”

  3. The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands, by Erika Allen Wolters and Brent S. Steel, Oregon State University (2020). License: CC BY-NC
    “In this volume, Erika Allen Wolters and Brent Steel have brought together the experts who can explain the evolution of public lands policies and politics in all their complexities. While their subject is complex, their prose is clear, and while their subject is torn by some of the most viciously self-interested, deceitful arguments in politics today, their prose is calm, factual, and evenhanded.”


  1. Astronomy, by Andrew Fraknoi, David Morrison, and Sidney C. Wolff, OpenStax CNX (2016). License: CC BY
    “Astronomy is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of one- or two-semester introductory astronomy courses. The book begins with relevant scientific fundamentals and progresses through an exploration of the solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology. The Astronomy textbook builds student understanding through the use of relevant analogies, clear and non-technical explanations, and rich illustrations.”

  2. University Physics Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, by Jeff Sanny and Samuel Ling, OpenStax (2016). License: CC BY
    “University Physics is a three-volume collection that meets the scope and sequence requirements for two- and three-semester calculus-based physics courses. Volume 1 covers mechanics, sound, oscillations, and waves. Volume 2 covers thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and Volume 3 covers optics and modern physics. This textbook emphasizes connections between between theory and application, making physics concepts interesting and accessible to students while maintaining the mathematical rigor inherent in the subject.”

  3. Variational Principles in Classical Mechanics – Revised Second Edition, by Douglas Cline, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries (2019). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This book introduces variational principles and their application to classical mechanics. The relative merits of the intuitive Newtonian vectorial formulation, and the more powerful variational formulations are compared. Applications to a wide variety of topics illustrate the intellectual beauty, remarkable power, and broad scope provided by use of variational principles in physics.”

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