New openisu post: Updating a Commitment to Openness

Mar 10, 2022 · Abbey Elder

In 2021, the Iowa State University Library passed a new Open Access Commitment, replacing an outdated document with one that better supports the diverse range of work done by the library staff at Iowa State University. Read the post now.

Spring OER Workshops are Available!

Dec 07, 2021 · Abbey Elder

This spring, Open Access Librarian Abbey Elder will be hosting three workshops for faculty interested in learning more about OER or creating OER themselves.

All workshops will be provided via Zoom. An overview of the workshops is provided below: 

2021 OA Week: Events list

Oct 14, 2021 · Abbey Elder

Join the Iowa State University Library this October for a week full of Open Access (OA) events and workshops. Attendees will network with OA campus leaders, learn about available channels to publish work openly, and discover free services that can help guide them on the path to open scholarship. Whether you’re an OA all-star or just getting started, OA Week will equip you with a wealth of information and resources you need to succeed.

Check out the events below and mark your calendars! All events are open to faculty, staff, students and the public.

The participation cost barrier of professional organizations — 2021 OA Week

Oct 12, 2021 · Megan O'Donnell, Data Services Librarian

Professional organizations provide invaluable access to peers, knowledge, and training. Membership in these societies is often required, or expected, by peers; serving on a committee a measure of prestige; presenting at their conferences a measure of validity. However, membership fees are often expensive, committee membership selective, and conferences unaffordable.

Increasing diversity in children’s books — 2021 OA Week

Oct 12, 2021 · Harrison W. Inefuku, Scholarly Publishing Services Librarian

Cover of 그래서 더 좋은 것 같아 / Even Better. Iowa State University Digital Press.

Cover of 그래서 더 좋은 것 같아 / Even Better. Iowa State University Digital Press.



“우리는 여기에 살기도 하고 또 다른 세상에도 살아. 그리고 우리는 우리의 세상도 있어. 우리는 비슷하기도 하고 또 다르기도 하지.


Author Equity and Transition to Open Access — 2021 OA Week

Oct 12, 2021 · Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communication and Collections

The transition to open access continues to gain momentum, with a wide variety of open business models being adopted by publishers. The University Library has publishing agreements spanning the range of these open models.

Building Equity into the Scholarly Communications Infrastructure — 2021 OA Week

Oct 12, 2021 · Robin N Sinn, Director of Collections & Open Strategies

Scholarly publishing—the production of journals and books—is a large industry with many universities, scholarly societies, and nonprofit and for-profit publishers involved. The groups with the most money and influence in this system favor research initiatives and academics from the Global North (primarily North America and Europe).

It's All In The Details: Implementing Inclusive Metadata — 2021 OA Week

Oct 12, 2021 · Harriet E. Wintermute, Head of Metadata Services

The librarians and staff from the library’s Metadata Services team are information specialists who wrestle with how to describe, categorize, and name things on a daily basis. Metadata are the details about things we read, hear, discuss, and study every day. For an example of metadata in action, search for a book in our library QuickSearch.

Iowa State publishes more articles Open Access than Closed for the sixth consecutive year

Sep 15, 2021 · Eric Schares

For the sixth consecutive year, the majority of scholarly outputs coming from Iowa State University have been published Open Access (OA), making these works freely available for anyone in the world with an internet connection. This rise in researchers making their work open is in accordance with Iowa State University’s land-grant mission to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place. Further, it reflects the growing support available for OA at Iowa State University. 

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New campus mailing list for open access launches

Jul 08, 2021 · Megan O'Donnell

A new campus wide mailing list to support open access - publishing, educational materials, and data - is now available. The mailing list will help connect ISU students and staff with peers and experts across campus. 

Join or manage your account at: 

Iowa Regents libraries offer new grants to support open educational resources

Jun 16, 2021 · Abbey Elder

Libraries at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa announce a joint funding opportunity for the creation of Open Educational Resources (OER). This program is open to small teams of faculty, graduate students, and staff at any of the three public universities governed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

ISU Digital Press selected as publisher for Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

May 12, 2021 · Harrison Inefuku

The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC) and Iowa State University Digital Press are delighted to announce that JLSC has selected the ISU Digital Press as its new publisher. 

Get library help with innovative ways to communicate your research

Apr 16, 2021 · Abbey Elder

The University Library helps researchers get access to articles, books, and other materials needed to complete research projects. Did you know that the library can help you complete and publish your work in innovative ways, too? We’ve outlined a few examples for brainstorming how you can benefit from library services.

1. Put an image on that data

Now accepting 2021 Miller Open Education Mini-Grant proposals

Mar 17, 2021 · Abbey Elder

Now in its fourth year of operation, the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program encourages instructor innovation in adopting and creating Open Educational Resources (OER), “educational materials (textbooks, syllabi, videos, software, and more) that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use.” The implementation of OER at Iowa State University has saved students more than half a million dollars during the 2020/2021 academic year.

University Library signs COAR's response to "Data Repository Selection: Criteria that Matter"

Jan 22, 2021 · Megan O'Donnell

The Iowa State University Library has signed on in support of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)'s response to the Data Repository Selection: Criteria that Matter initiative. This response addresses the concern that the Criteria that Matter guidelines put the interests of journals and publishers before those of authors and the institutions that own and manage data.

Wiley Signs Transformative Open Access Agreement with Iowa State University

Jan 14, 2021 · Iowa State University Library

HOBOKEN, N.J. – January 14, 2020 – John Wiley and Sons, Inc. and Iowa State University today announced the signing of a three-year transitional open access agreement, among the first-of-its-kind in the United States. The agreement will advance Iowa State University’s goal to increase open access publishing and expand its open access offerings, allowing peer-reviewed articles to be read and shared immediately, and making important research broadly available. 

Three reasons to make DataShare part of your 2021 plan

Jan 14, 2021 · Megan O'Donnell

DataShare is Iowa State University’s open access repository for sharing, publishing, and archiving research data and is jointly funded by the University Library, Office of the Vice President for Research, and Information Technology.

Here are three reasons to make DataShare part of your plan for 2021:

Five ways the library advances Open Access

Oct 23, 2020 · Megan O’Donnell

The University Library works to support Open Access on campus and around the world in multiple ways. Five high-profile areas are listed here.

1. Open access publishing agreements

COVID-19 exposes an enduring need for Open Access

Oct 23, 2020 · Abbey K. Elder

“There has never been such a rapid global collective effort to fight one disease” - Karen Grépin, Associate Professor of Public Health, University of Hong Kong (IHE

Before COVID (2017- Spring 2020)