OER at City Tech

Tag: Gender & Sexuality Studies

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

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 11/13

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. 

Arts & Sciences 

  1. Intro to LGBTQ+ Studies (Beta Edition), by Deborah Amory and Sean Massey (eds.) (2020). License: CC BY
    “We believe that this textbook fills a number of needs for both academic readers and the general public. First, it is the only free, openly licensed textbook on LGBTQ+ issues in the world. It offers accessible, academically sound information on a wide range of topics, from LGBTQ+ history, LGBTQ+ relationship, families, parenting, and health, to LGBTQ+ culture. Second, we employ an intersectional analysis throughout the book, highlighting the ways in which sexuality and gender are simultaneously experienced and constructed through other structures of inequality and privilege, such as race and class. This intersectional analysis is grounded in social theory and the social sciences. Third, we have also sought to highlight a more global perspective on LGBTQ+ issues, from the ancient world as well more contemporary ones. Finally, we aim to support multiple learning styles by integrating visual elements and multimedia resources throughout the textbook.”

  2. Physical Geography, by Jeremy Patrich, College of the Canyons (2020). License: CC BY
    This open textbook covers a variety of introductory geography topics, including earth’s grid system, rivers, oceans, deserts, basic geology, and cartography.


Professional Studies

  1. Good Corporation, Bad Corporation: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Economy, by Elizabeth Pulos and Guillermo C. Jimenez, SUNY Open Textbooks (2016). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This textbook provides an innovative, internationally oriented approach to the teaching of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business ethics. Drawing on case studies involving companies and countries around the world, the textbook explores the social, ethical, and business dynamics underlying CSR in such areas as global warming, genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food production, free trade and fair trade, anti-sweatshop and living-wage movements, organic foods and textiles, ethical marketing practices and codes, corporate speech and lobbying, and social enterprise. The book is designed to encourage students and instructors to challenge their own assumptions and prejudices by stimulating a class debate based on each case study.”

  2. Scientific Inquiry in Social Work, by Matthew DeCarlo, Open Social Work Education (2019). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “An introductory textbook for social work students studying research methods, this book guides students through the process of creating a research project. Students will learn how to discover a researchable topic that is interesting to them, examine scholarly literature, formulate a proper research question, design a quantitative or qualitative study to answer their question, carry out the design, interpret quantitative or qualitative results, and disseminate their findings to a variety of audiences.”


Technology & Design

  1. Exploring Movie Construction & Production: What’s so exciting about movies?, by John Reich, SUNY Open Textbooks (2017). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    Exploring Movie Construction & Production contains eight chapters of the major areas of film construction and production. The discussion covers theme, genre, narrative structure, character portrayal, story, plot, directing style, cinematography, and editing. Important terminology is defined and types of analysis are discussed and demonstrated.  An extended example of how a movie description reflects the setting, narrative structure, or directing style is used throughout the book to illustrate building blocks of each theme. This approach to film instruction and analysis has proved beneficial to increasing students’ learning, while enhancing the creativity and critical thinking of the student.”

  2. Technical Report Writing Guidelines, by Leah M. Akins, Ph.D., Dutchess Community College (2018). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This document specifies the recommended format to be used when submitting a formal technical report in a variety of disciplines and purposes. Also, this manual can be used as a guide to compose less formal reports, such as lab reports, that may consist of a subset of the items presented here.  It is a useful general guide from which faculty can specify the particular requirements for reports in their courses.”

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