Introducing our Open Services Committee (OSC)!

SUNY Geneseo Open Services photo of Committee members,, left to right: top row, Jonathan Grunert, Brandon West, Sedar Ngoma; middle row, Teddy Gyamfi, Joe Dolce, Amanda Wentworth; bottom row, Bill Jones, Allison Brown

The Open Services Committee (OSC) promotes and coordinates training on open topics. In the recent past, this committee has largely focused on open access and open education, but we are expanding our conversations with faculty, staff, and students to include open source and open publishing.

Our committee coordinates some specific events for the campus community: Open Access Week (October), Open Education Week (March), and the OER Symposium (May). Additionally, we facilitate conversations around adapting, adopting, and creating open educational resources, usually with the instructor’s liaison librarian.

This committee has recently expanded to include folks outside the library, since open services reach well beyond library walls. This year, the committee membership is as follows:

Jonathan Grunert chairs the OSC, and is the manager for KnightScholar, Geneseo’s curated institutional repository. His interests are specifically in open access and teaching open science principles across campus disciplines.

Allison Brown is the Digital Publishing Service Manager at Milne Library. She manages the publication of Milne Library’s open access and OER publications, and provides instruction for open publishing best practices.

Bill Jones is the Digital Resources and Systems Librarian at SUNY Geneseo Milne Library. He is the lead developer of Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) and currently serves as the webmaster for ALA RUSA STARS. Bill supports SUNY libraries through his service in SUNYLA and in the SUNY Libraries Consortium Access Services and Resource Sharing Working Group.

Joe Dolce, Instructional Designer, has worked at Geneseo since 1999. He has spent a decade teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages as well as basic literacy skills to marginalized adults. Joe has a Masters degree in Information Design and Technology, focusing on the application of video in higher education.

Teddy Gyamfi is the evening access service manager at SUNY Geneseo Milne Library. Teddy manages and curates the library course reserves program as well as provides logistical support for campus programs.

Sedar Ngoma is a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at SUNY Geneseo. He has taught a broad range of math courses since Fall 2017 when he joined the Geneseo faculty and has been involved in undergraduate research with a few students. His research interests are in differential equations, inverse problems, numerical methods, and mathematical biology. Sedar looks forward to promoting open access in teaching, learning, scholarship, and research.

Amanda Wentworth is the Digital Humanities and Learning Coordinator for the Center for Digital Learning, previously the OER Publishing Coordinator for SUNY OER Services. She is interested in promoting open practices in learning, scholarship, and pedagogy in order to support student and faculty agency.

Brandon West is the library’s Head of Research Instruction Services and serves as the liaison librarian to Anthropology and Sociology. He is interested in integrating OER into curriculum, and regularly uses OER in his teaching. He received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship in 2018-2019.

You can reach out to the committee with general questions by emailing Jonathan Grunert (grunert [at] geneseo [dot] edu).

For questions about using OER, please make the request through the OER Services form:

(Picture at top of post shows members of OSC, left to right: top row, Jonathan Grunert, Brandon West, Sedar Ngoma; middle row, Teddy Gyamfi, Joe Dolce, Amanda Wentworth; bottom row, Bill Jones, Allison Brown)