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PSU Library Sponsors Faculty Member’s Attendance to OpenCon 2016


PSU Library Supports Faculty Scholarship

Assistant Professor Erin Flynn

Assistant Professor Erin Flynn

Erin Flynn, Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies, has been awarded a fully paid scholarship to attend OpenCon 2016 by the Portland State University Library and Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships. OpenCon 2016 is a conference “platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data.” Erin’s interest in open access relates directly to her research on child-led storytelling.

According to Flynn, child-led storytelling and its research:

“…elevates and amplifies the voices of children, a group whose voices are routinely excluded from the dialogue about how to build early educational settings that bolster learning and make social and emotional sense for those who participate. Open Access offers a powerful way to extend the reach of children’s voices, ensuring their perspectives are taken into account.”

Flynn’s engagement with open access will enable her research and children’s voices to reach the public, further empowering children’s voices in storytelling. The scholarship will make room for her research to have even broader impact in the community at large.
“I am excited for the opportunity to learn about innovations in sharing information. Removing barriers to information plays such a critical role in empowering diverse citizens to meaningfully shape democratic institutions like schools. Participating in Open Con will be a great way rethink educational advocacy by using lessons learned in other fields.”

About OpenCon 2016

Logo for OpenCon 2016. Slogan reads "empowering the next generation to advance open access, open education and open data."Remote attendance to OpenCon 2016 is free of cost and encouraged, especially for those who cannot attend in person. Attendees will participate in three days of keynotes, panels, and workshops, featuring Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, and Amy Rosenbaum, Director of Legislative Affairs to the President of the United States.

Erin has agreed to report back to Portland State regarding her experience at OpenCon. Look for a news item to be published in Winter for her report!

More Information:
OpenCon 2016
Portland State University Library
Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships

PSU Library to Award $10,000 with Open Access Article Processing Charge Fund

PSU Library Supports Open Access Publishing

Portland State Sky Bridge (2013) by Parker Knight

Portland State Sky Bridge (2013) by Parker Knight

Open Access Article Processing Charge Fund (OA APC) is a $10,000 pilot fund set aside by the PSU Library to fund PSU research for publication in open access journals. Funds awarded to eligible applicants may be used to pay article processing charges at open access publications. These funds will be awarded first-come first-serve to eligible authors until funds are expended. The Library is excited to launch this pilot project in the hopes that it will contribute to a growing ethos of openness at Portland State and in the scholarly publishing economy.

Benefits for Students

Students will benefit because the OA fund will connect them to the research they need while they attend PSU and after they graduate. Online students and Portland State Alumni will particularly benefit, because OA articles are readily available online. As the Library increases its participation in open initiatives, students will increasingly recognize the value of openness. As they become researchers and full contributors to the scholarly communication system, their practices will incorporate OA publishing and other forms of open scholarship.

Benefits for Authors

Portland State authors will benefit because the OA fund will make their works more visible and remove access barriers to their articles. When more people can access their articles, there is potential for authors to make a greater impact.

Benefits for the Public

The public will benefit because funded articles will be free of cost for the public to read, and the research generated by Portland State researchers will continue to serve our community. This initiative achieves Portland State University’s mission to “let knowledge serve our city” and beyond by making PSU research more available –  to anyone.

More Information:
PSU Library OA APC Fund
Faculty Services at PSU Library

Free Textbooks at the Library with Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources – What are They?

Cover of textbook Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice

PSU’s open textbooks span many disciplines

Textbooks are expensive! Textbooks today cost 800% more than 1978 studies show a direct link between textbook costs and student success. A 2016 student survey by Florida Virtual Campus found that 66.6% of students do not purchase textbooks due to high cost. Even worse, this survey shows that due to textbook costs:

  • 47.6% of students frequently take fewer courses

  • 45.5% of students don’t register for a course

  • 26.1% drop a course

  • 20.7% students withdraw from courses.

Professors and colleges are trying to make higher education affordable to students but still provide students with quality resources. Open educational resources (OERs) are one of the ways to make this possible. OERs are educational materials, often textbooks, that are published with Creative Commons licenses. They are often written by professors who want to provide more affordable textbook options to students and who provide different forms of scholarship beyond books and articles. These OER textbooks are freely available for anyone to read, modify, print, and share.

PSU Library’s OERs are Free Textbooks – for Everyone

Cover of textbook Leyendas y arquetipos del Romanticismo español

Open textbooks like this book of Spanish legends may be used by anyone across the globe

Portland State University Library works with PSU faculty authors to create open textbooks designed specifically for PSU classes in a project called PDXOpen. Open Textbooks have been created for several Portland State disciplines, University Studies, World Languages, Math, Education, Psychology, and Urban Studies.

Outside of the open textbooks created by Portland State faculty, many other excellent OERs are available. Browse Open Textbook Library or OpenStax to see some other open educational resources that can be used for studying or modified into teaching materials. With open educational resources, the possibilities are limitless.

More Information:
Open Textbook Library
OER Introduction Video
Florida Virtual Campus Student Textbook Survey (PDF)

Article Processing Charges and An Interview with Professor Ballhorn

Open Access and Article Processing Charges

PSU Millar Library ExteriorSome open access publications ask authors to pay article processing charges (APCs) to support making their articles readily available while moving away from subscriptions income. These fees allow journals to make their publications immediately and freely available online. Journals understand that APC fees can be a barrier for researchers without funding.

Some journals will waive the charge for unfunded research, while researchers with grants may use those funds to pay for the APC fees. High-quality journals still have basic costs to publish to make open access articles free or low cost for researchers.

PSU Library Interview with Professor Ballhorn

Many faculty members at Portland State University are actively engaged with open access publishing. The PSU Library interviewed Daniel Ballhorn, Associate Professor of Biology at Portland State University, about why he values open access.

You’re on the Editorial Board of several open access publications. Can you tell us why you decided to serve at these journals instead of commercially produced scholarly journals?
DB: I feel (high quality) open access journals are more timely. Many researchers worldwide do not have adequate access to resources. Such a lack of resources negatively impacts their success and productivity and maintains or creates are larger gap between under developed or developing and developed countries. I am and have been also editor for conventional journals. These established journals are fine as well. Open access just goes into another direction (you can choose to publish open access in many conventional journals as well – for a similarly high fee…)

What  barriers do researchers/scholars face when it comes to publishing in open access publications?
DB: [The] costs of publishing open access. Fees of several thousand dollars are common and cannot be afforded by many researchers either. While I understand that high costs are involved to run a successful open access journal the price for publishing is still a barrier.

What advice do you have for students or new faculty members who are looking to publish their work open access?
DB: Pick the right journal!!! There are many almost predatory open access journals out there. Their emails asking for manuscript submissions are spam-like. Publishing with such journals has little value or even may harm your career.

How do you think PSU can best support students and faculty who are interested in OA?
DB: I think information or workshops on where to publish – depending on the field of research – might be helpful. Financial contribution like a percentage of the publishing costs would be nice but probably is not feasible. I think assistance with picking the right journal is more important.

More Information:
Open Access at PSU for Faculty
Daniel Ballhorn

PSU Library Celebrates Open Access Week

Open Access Week internationalInternational Open Access Week is upon us! Celebrate open access and publishing with the PSU Library from October 24 through October 30, 2016. Open access the movement to make scholarly endeavors available to the public without financial and licensing barriers. Open access is the immediate, online availability of research that have minimal license restrictions.

During Open Access Week, the PSU Library will highlight library services that support open access publication and open access resources offered by the Library. The PSU Library will join other libraries, academic institutions, researchers and publishers to celebrate, promote, and discuss open access. 

Open Access Services at the PSU Library

PDXScholar, Portland State Library’s institutional repository, is our foremost open access service. PDXScholar makes PSU student and faculty research available to researchers anywhere in the world. The Library also supports the publication of open access journals such as Anthos, Hatfield Graduate Journal of Public Affairs, and the PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal.

The Library supports the development of Open Educational Resources, educational materials that everyone can use, modify, and freely share. PDXOpen projects have already saved PSU students $61,294! Stop by the Library this week to see a display highlighting some of these books on our new books shelf.

More Information:
PSU Library on Open Access
Open Access Explained!
SPARC Open Access Fact Sheet (PDF)
PSU Library Facebook
PSU Library Twitter

Featured Resource – Data.gov

What is Data.gov?

Data.gov is a source of accessible, discoverable, and open government data. This treasure trove of statistics and information pulls data from many different organizations, so it spans many different disciplines. Built-in search tools help you find the data you need regardless of size, scope or subject. Narrow the data down to the state, county or city level, search by the government organization, by subject or by format, and more. Whether you are researching national businesses or local demographics, Data.gov is an incredibly useful tool for everyone.

How Data.gov works

Data.gov provides access to federal open government data as well as data from state, local, and tribal governments. Data.gov does not create or host the data directly. Instead, it pulls open data resources into one centralized location. Once an open data source is formatted and ready to be used, the Data.gov team makes it open and available to all, synchronizing it as often as every 24 hours. Because Data.gov is an open government resource, it is available to everyone.

Data.gov LogoUse the data in any way you choose to have an impact on your community. Just a few examples of ways that open data has been used in the past include:

  • Tools to find the market value of local organic produce

  • Apps to search for local schools, hospitals, hotels, stores, and more

  • Insights into local neighborhood housing options and trends

  • Free public crime mapping and alert websites

More Information:
Ask a Librarian
Data.gov Website
About Data.gov

This resource appears in the following subject guides:
Government InformationMaps & GISUrban Studies & Planning