Tag Archives: open access

Announcement: Student Work now featured on ScholarlyCommons New Media Showcase


Did you know that the Commons celebrates student work online in addition to supporting it here in our study spaces? You may remember reading about Rosie Frasso’s student projects such as Catrice’s post on Fear and Safety and Anu’s post on Pressure Release. These and other success stories are now part of library archives.

To add to the awesome, we are now displaying the results of this research on our New Media Showcase on Penn’s ScholarlyCommons platform. ScholarlyCommons is an open access institutional repository sharing the works of Penn faculty, staff, and students on a local, national, and global level. Here at WIC we were excited to get involved in showcasing some of the student work we see each semeseter–students have created videos, comic books, images, posters, maps, and web projects over the years and WIC staff loves supporting these projects through course interactions, open contests, and however else we can! The New Media Showcase is our next step in continuing this evolution. Learn more by watching this short video by Vickie Karasic to explain our Showcase.

Want to see your work on ScholarlyCommons? Faculty and students can nominate work to be considered in our Showcase! Please fill out this Google Form to submit entries and view our extended permission form.

Head over to the New Media Showcase to check out the research itself.

Penn Libraries 2015 Symposium on Open Access: Open Dialogs on Open Access

Starting on Monday, October 19, Penn Libraries will be hosting a symposium made up of multiple events that should provide opportunities to learn about open access publishing, its challenges and benefits. Events will also provide ample opportunity for conversation and the sharing of ideas.

To view all of the events visit: http://repository.upenn.edu/penn_oa_events/2015/.

You can register for most events through the Penn WICShops calendar. http://libcal.library.upenn.edu/calendar/wicshops#!/month/2015/10/01/8660/. Be sure to look at both October and November.

Highlights include:

Lunch at Annenberg on Monday with speaker Jeff Pooley from Muhlenberg College on Open Media Scholarship. Find out more here: https://www.asc.upenn.edu/news-events/events/open-media-scholarship, and rsvp to sblack @ asc.upenn.edu.

Our own Katie Rawson and Sarah Wipperman will enlighten you on Creative Commons licensing on Tuesday at noon and also our own John Mark Ockerbloom will trade ideas on avenues to public domain and fair use with Robert Terrell from the Office of General Counsel, Thursday at noon.

On Friday, good friends of the library Eric Alan Weinstein and Chris Mustazza will describe their multifaceted open access projects: Prometheus Unbound and PennSound.

The following weeks feature panels on publishing  with Penn graduate scholars, Jerry Singerman of Penn Press, faculty from Nursing Science, Department of Biology, and the Singh Center,  a film showing of The Internet’s Own Boy with Peter Decherney and Jeff Vagle, and a visit from Brigitte Shull, editorial director at Palgrave Macmillan, on early career publishing.

Check our symposium landing page for all of the details of who, what, when and where.

Creating a Culture of Openness and Accessibility

Open Access (storefront)
Open Access (storefront) / Photographer: Gideon Burton

During my short time so far as the Digital Projects Fellow for WIC and the EC, I’ve been out and about meeting new people and attending events to learn how both Commons can better support teaching and learning across campus.  As I was signing up for some talks and events a few weeks ago, I didn’t anticipate how nicely all three I chose would tie together into a general theme of openness and accessibility on campus. I was struck by the significance of these themes at Penn and how we can create a culture of openness and accessibility in our Commons spaces.

Continue reading Creating a Culture of Openness and Accessibility

Open Educational Resources and Copyright

We’ve been hosting Shawn Martin’s weekly Copyright Clinic on Tuesday afternoons as well as his open access workshops. We’ve blogged about famous Andy Warhol photos and fair use.

Today, we want to welcome you to a discussion on April 9 (2 pm, Meyerson Conference Room upstairs) with Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for SPARC. She will discuss how to leverage open educational resources (OERs) — free, online course materials that can be adapted by instructors — to reduce the cost of textbooks and expand access for students. To learn more about campus OER efforts, please explore the Penn Libraries’ Scholarly Commons and Images Guide sites.


Digital Humanities Workshop Series

This guest post was written by Rebecca Stuhr, Coordinator for Humanities Collections at Penn Libraries, with assistance from Dot Porter, Caitlin Shanley, and other collaborators in the workshop series.

This summer the Libraries are offering the first four sessions in a new set of workshops in the Digital Humanities Series. These follow several tools-based workshops offered by Mitch Fraas over the past year and will dovetail with workshops offered by Penn’s Digital Humanities Forum beginning this fall. The workshops are designed with library staff in mind but are open to the Penn community. We are looking forward to a collaborative learning environment, so plan to share your ideas, experience, and knowledge about scholarship in the digital environment.

The first four sessions will be taught by Libraries staff and collaborators, and will focus on Qualitative Research, Collaboration Theory and Practice, Practical Open Access, and a general tour of Theories, Methodologies, and Tools. If you tried to register earlier and were unable to, please try again! We have opened up additional seats.

Interested in registering or learning more about the sessions? Check out http://tinyurl.com/pennDHworkshops!