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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    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 if they have any questions or need any immediate help. The library apologizes for this possible inconvenience.

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.

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    Dissertations and Theses Year-in-Review, 2021-22

    Today, the Graduate Center is gearing up for the first in-person Commencement since June 2019, a ceremony that will celebrate graduates from three academic years. It has been a long time coming. We now have a new president, a new provost, and new leadership across […]

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  • Reuse, Revise, Remix

    I was able to “reuse” [my colleague's] syllabus, then “revise” it to add and/or delete components, and finally “remix” it by adding my own interpretation of items or other forms of OER.

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