News & Goings On
  • Opening Music

    My favorite newly-discovered resource is the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive, maintained by the University of Massachusetts, Boston. This archive houses hundreds of tapes made by locally-known emcees active in and around Boston during the 1980s.

    Full Story

  • Reading at the Margins of Open Access

    The workshops introduced me to resources I had no idea existed and with that, to the immense possibilities of OA and OER to enrich our courses not only in terms of public access but also our own imagination as scholars and instructors.

    Full Story

  • Slowness, Limits, and Open Play

    I found myself slowing down. The labor of building just one syllabus+website with legitimate OER materials forced this slowness.

    Full Story

  • Opening Up

    When I stepped inside, trying to put together an open version of the Freshman Composition class that I teach most often, I realized how much nuance there was to pay attention to (there were ethical and legal distinctions to keep in mind), and how much I’ve been relying on resources for students that were free and accessible but still shadowy, still closed behind paywalls or legality.

    Full Story

  • service outage

    Interlibrary Loan System Outage: Tuesday, July 26th, 11am-6pm

    Due to scheduled  maintenance, the Interlibrary Loan System, ILLiad,  will intermittently not be available on Tuesday, July 26th between 11am and 6pm. Folks can reach us at ill@gc.cuny.edu if they have any questions or need any immediate help. The library apologizes for this possible inconvenience.

    Full Story

  • STEM Without OER: Inaccessible or Not Credible

    This is the third in our current series of short essays by participants in the Open Knowledge Fellowship coordinated by the Mina Rees Library, these from Fellows in the Spring 2022 cohort. Fellows share insight into the process of converting a syllabus to openly-licensed and/or […]

    Full Story

  • The Mystery of the Archive and the Performance of the Open Future

    While the Open Access movement is an explicit response to the increasingly redundant barriers that copyright protection puts to knowledge in the digital age, the political issue that it surfaces is an entrenched mechanism of enclosure.

    Full Story

  • logo of

    Requesting Interlibrary Loans With DOIs

    Now you can both auto-complete the request form and search for an immediately available open access version of a resource by using the digital object identifier, or DOI.

    Full Story

  • Happy Pride, from the Mina Rees Library

    The Mina Rees Library wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable LGBTQ Pride month. We’d also like to share some of the queerly-aligned work taking place within the Library – and beyond! In Spring 2022, we developed the LGBTQIA Consortium Fellowship, in partnership with CLAGS: The […]

    Full Story

  • Contributing to Open Access

    I was surprised when many of [my students] asked me the first week where they could buy the book I assigned. I don’t think textbooks are a good investment—at least not in my field, philosophy—and I didn’t intend for them to buy the book.

    Full Story

css.php
Need help with the Commons? Visit our
help page
Send us a message
Skip to toolbar