Category: Services

SUNY Faculty and Libraries Publishing Open Textbooks

SUNY Open TextbooksNew GlowSMState University of New York libraries are collaborating with faculty to develop free online textbooks, and in doing so, are simultaneously developing a new academic-friendly publishing model.

“Open e-content for courses can help to lower textbook costs for students, provide a showcase for SUNY faculty authors and enrich partnerships with academic libraries.  This is a win for everyone,” said Mary Jo Orzech, Director of Drake Memorial Library at the College at Brockport.

“The State University of New York has over 450,000 student enrollments.  If we can create Open Textbooks that save one out of ten students $30, the total savings will be over 1.3 million dollars.” said Carey Hatch, Associate Provost for Academic Technologies and Information Service at SUNY System Administration.  “Librarians have been at the forefront of the digital revolution in higher education, and it is good to see them assuming a leadership position in this new form of content creation and distribution.”
The Open SUNY Textbook Program will produce fifteen free online textbooks this year, thanks to the support from a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) and library funding, as well as the time, skills, and talents of librarians with consultation by SUNY Press.

This innovative publishing program includes:

  • incentives to SUNY faculty authors and peer reviewers to produce open textbooks,
  • editing and instructional design support services using a cooperative library service framework,
  • and a publishing platform using Open Monograph Press – an open source software recently released by the Public Knowledge Project.

With a mere two-week call for proposals to SUNY faculty, the program received 38 proposals for open textbooks.  The original grant funding limited the number of titles to publish to 4 textbooks, but upon realizing how many outstanding proposals they had received, the participating libraries stepped up to the plate to contribute additional funding to produce more textbooks than originally planned. The new goal is to publish fifteen excellent textbooks in disciplines across the curriculum, including:

Textbook Subject

#

Anthropology

1

Business

1

Computer Sciences

2

Education

2

English

3

Math

2

Music

1

Sciences

3

Total

15

Participating and supporting libraries include: The College at Brockport; SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry; SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Geneseo; University at Buffalo; and SUNY Upstate Medical University, and SUNY Morrisville has even offered to assist with copy editing some of the textbooks.  Libraries demonstrate they are willing to contribute time, talent, and funds to support this innovative publishing program. Publishing tasks and roles are expected to be sourced, much like at University Presses, however, librarians will be key to offering these authors a range of invaluable services such as copy editing, loading and proofing files, applying metadata, indexing, or offering support with resources and interactive content strategies.

“I am very impressed with the mutual interest and responsiveness of SUNY faculty authors and reviewers, and librarians to produce high quality open textbooks.,” said Cyril Oberlander, Milne Library’s Director at SUNY Geneeo. “The librarians are developing new editorial workflows and services, incorporating instructional designers, and significantly contributing to open education.  Producing innovative open textbooks can help reduce the cost of higher education to students, and it can also reduce the cost to libraries and institutions.”

The Open SUNY Textbook Program hopes to further expand both the number of textbooks produced and number of participating libraries next year. It will also focus on the developing of interactive books that provide learning assessments.

For inquiries about this exciting new program, please contact:

Cyril Oberlander
Milne Library Director
(585) 245-5528
[email protected]

Research Help @Milne

Librarian Sherry Rhodes, helping out a student in our new Research Consultation space in the Center for Academic Excellence

Are you taking advantage of one of Milne Library’s best kept secrets?  The Reference (or Research) Librarians at SUNY Geneseo frequently hear from their professorial partners, as well as campus tour guides, that we are a gem to be discovered and utilized heavily.  They compare (and praise) our level of service to that of past experiences they have had at other (many times, distinguished) universities.  But don’t take your professors’ word for it!   See just what your classmates and peers have to say.

Sparked by Fall 2011 observations of students in need of research help at the Service Desk and Reference Desk, Anna Wilson, a recently graduated Spanish major with a minor in Latin American Studies, interviewed and filmed fellow students regarding their awareness and experience with Milne Library’s Research Librarians.  In anticipation of her participant observation study, she wrote,”I predict that many of the students in the library are as in the dark about what goes on at the reference desk as I was until this (Fall 2011) semester.”

Does this statement represent your awareness about who the Reference Librarians are and what we can help you with?  If so, be sure to watch Anna’s video and then come see us when you are in need of research help!

Librarian Kim Hoffman works on searching with a student.

Reference Librarians are on duty for nearly all hours that the library is open with official desk duty in the Center for Academic Excellence from 10 am – 5 pm (Mon-Thurs), 10 am – 2 pm (Fri) and 10 am – 2 pm (Sat) and on-call reference assistance as early as 8 am and as late as 1 am.  Just ask for help at the Service Desk and a librarian will be around to help.

Additionally, our very popular Research Consultation service (as well as our Technology Consultation service) offers students the opportunity to make one-on-one appointments with a specialist when the time is convenient for you or you and your group.  Both services offer a dedicated time slot to focus solely on your research project needs, without having to compete with other students’ questions.

As the due dates for your research projects approach and the semester gets busier and busier, see what assistance (and time savings) a Reference Librarian can offer you!

Welcome Dr. Fowziyyah Ali to Milne Library!

Fowziyyah Ali, Associate Director of AOP

Dr. Fowziyyah Ali, Associate Director of AOP, has moved her office to Milne Library. Formerly located in Blake Hall C 106, Dr. Ali’s office is now Milne 210, next to the Digital Media Lab. Her hours will be posted each week on the door to the office. Her phone number has remained the same: 245-5725. Welcome to the Library, Dr. Ali!

A New Home for the Center for Academic Excellence

Center for Academic Excellence in Milne Library

As students were off for the summer – enjoying warm temperatures, taking a well-deserved break from school and making money through summer jobs – projects and activities in Milne Library went into overdrive.

One of many moves within the library positively affected the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE).  Relocated to a larger space (what once was the Genesee Valley Study Room) and enhanced by additional services, the CAE is realizing its dream of becoming a one-stop academic stop for students.

Students should feel free to stop in if they need assistance in any of the following services:

Enhanced features of the CAE include a student concierge service that will serve as the welcoming point into the center, on-the-spot writing support (no longer on an appointment basis), an almost sound-proof testing center, and closer proximity for essential academic support units so that easier transition can take place between course content, research and writing.

Reference Librarians are currently providing research assistance in the CAE and all other services will begin in earnest, starting September 6.

For further information and hours of operation, see the newly created homepage for the Center for Academic Excellence.

The new CAE is located on the main floor of Milne Library.

New Home in Milne for Digital Media Lab

DML LogoThe Digital Media Lab in Milne Library, a collaboration between CIT and Milne, had a very successful inaugural year.  This past summer, the DML moved to a new location in Milne to meet the growing needs of the campus community and to give users an even better experience.  The renovated DML now occupies the former location of the Center for Academic Excellence, an enclosed area with more space, on the library’s main level next to the new office of Dave Parfitt (Director of the Teaching and Learning Center).

Digital Media Lab

Renovated and Newly Located DML in Milne

The DML was created to give students a place to design and create exciting media projects for their classes and to support faculty as they continue to expand their use of instructional technologies. The lab is open during the same hours as the library; professional staff and students are available to help the Geneseo campus community with their digital media needs through consultations and workshops. Several types of media equipment (video cameras, portable hard disk drives, etc.) are available for signout at the service desk. More information about the Digital Media Lab, along with a list of equipment for signout, can be found at http://www.geneseo.edu/dml.

Does Milne Have My Textbook?


Milne library has a growing collection of required course texts for many of the courses taught on campus. Most are available for 4 hour loan at the Service Desk.

If Milne doesn’t have the text or course reading that you need on reserve at the Service Desk, you may be able to find it in the general collection.  Here are a few ways to find out:

  1. Search for the title in GLOCAT+ to see if we have it in the library’s general collection.
  2. Search for the title of your textbook on our How Do I Find My Course Texts library guide to see if we have it on 4 hour reserve at the Service Desk.
  3. Search for it in IDS Search to see if we can borrow it for you from another library.

 

Milne’s Center for Academic Excellence: New Name, Same Services

What once was Milne Library’s Writing & Learning Center – consisting of AOP tutoring services, the satellite center for the English Department’s Writing Learning Center, ELL tutoring and speech buddies program and the Geneseo Testing Center – has officially been renamed to better represent the many helpful services offered in the center.

Welcome to the Milne Center for Academic Excellence!

Center for Academic Excellence

Beginning in January 2012, the English Department’s Writing Learning Center shifted all operations to Milne’s location, supplementing its evening and weekend drop-in hours with regularly scheduled appointments Monday-Friday from 1-5 pm, which had traditionally taken place in Welles Hall.

The Center for Academic Excellence received a new facelift over the winter break as well – new carpeting, a glass panel in the front window, and potentially glass doors to separate the two rooms within the center – all in an effort to make the space comfortable and conducive to studying and testing.

Information regarding the services offered in the center can be found at a newly designed and comprehensive website.

Need Some Help? We’ve Got It!

Help is Available! Photo Credit: Flickr user gruntzooki

Librarians are always available to help with your research and technology needs.

Working with a group?  We can accommodate. Sciences? Got it.  Business Stats? Yep.  Need help with web sites, podcasting, powerpoint or excel? For sure!  Music Media? You know it!   And that’s only a taste of the subject coverage available.

Want to contact a librarian right away?  Simply fill out a Consultation Request form telling us a bit about your project or research needs, and a librarian will contact you to set up an appointment.

If you still have questions, don’t forget that the service desk or IM a Librarian reference chat is always a great place to start.

Book Swap and Donations at Milne Library

Milne Library’s Book Swap

Fiction paperback books to share

Fiction paperback books to share

The Milne Library’s Book Swap area has been so successful that we are asking for your help.  Have you noticed the bookcase in the front entry of Milne Library?  Maybe it had some books on it…but quite often it is empty!  Take a look around at home and see if you have some fiction that you have already read and are willing to pass it along for someone else to enjoy.  It is very simple, the only guideline is that it must be fiction.  No check-out; no fines…self service.  Donate and/or borrow a book, read a bit and bring it back for someone else to read.  You can leave donations on the bookcase or drop them off in the Better World Books™ box inside the doors.

 

Better World Books™

Milne Library accepts donations from the public to build our collection.   Each gift is processed through GIST Gift Manager Milne’s own innovative open-source tool designed to manage and streamline library work-flow for processing gifts and evaluating materials.  This data managing system determines if it should be added to Milne Library, put in the Book Swap or donated to Better World Books™.  Accepting donations allows us greater flexibility, given our limited budget and it provides a positive impact on our overall ability to provide relevant materials to our patrons