Editor’s note: This post is part of a series for 2021 Open Access week. For more information on Milner Library’s Open Access Week activities, visit news.illinoisstate.edu/2021/09/milner-library-recognizes-open-access-week-october-25-31.
Milner Library is your hub for all repository questions whether they be about open textbooks, affordable resources for research and projects, or assistance making your own work more accessible. Milner’s Scholarly Communication Team works hard to reduce the costs of academic materials for users as well as provide freely accessible information to all.
ISU ReD, Illinois State University’s institutional repository, continues to be used by faculty, staff, and students—even ISU’s new president. More than 10,000 items have been added to ISU ReD with more than 1 million downloads. Recently, President Kinzy’s work was uploaded to ISU ReD making it easier for the University community and beyond to find her important work and get to know her as a researcher.
Another way Milner Library is working on affordability and access is waivers on author processing charges for authors publishing in open access titles. In February 2021, Illinois State signed its first read and publish agreement with Cambridge University Press “allow(ing) research published by Illinois State University corresponding authors to be made open access in Cambridge’s open access and hybrid journals, without having to pay an article processing charge (APC).” Another deal with IGI allows Milner to purchase more of IGI’s e-book titles that are specifically relevant to Illinois State courses at a significantly cheaper price. As part of that deal, the University negotiated another three waivers for processing charges of published works in IGI titles.
Milner continues to add new journals to ISU ReD for open access research. Journals currently hosted on ISU ReD include Journal of STEM Education, Spora: A Journal of Biomathematics, and Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders. Keep an eye for others to be added soon, such as the International Journal of Business Education, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that is put out by the International Society of Business Education (IJBE). IJBE has been published for years, but will soon move over to ISU ReD.
Each semester, Milner Library partners with the Center for Teaching and Learning to facilitate workshops to help Illinois State faculty incorporate open access resources into their course work. Open Access workshops this week include a workshop on incorporating affordable and open access resources in the classroom led by Heather Koopmans, fine arts librarian, and Lindsey Skaggs, instructional design librarian. On Friday, Rebecca Fitzsimmons, special collections librarian, and Anne Shelley, scholarly communication librarian, will facilitate a workshop on text analysis. Learn more about Open Access Week 2021 activities. Follow Milner Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with the latest workshop offerings and open access news.
Connect with Milner’s Scholarly Communication Team
The Scholarly Communications Team, led by Shelley, is made up of experts in open access and helping people find affordable textbooks, articles, and other materials. The team also works with faculty to increase the number of affordable and open educational resources on campus through collaboration and outreach. Additional information is available on the Scholarly Communication Guide and Open Access Guide, available 24/7 on Milner’s website.
More from the Scholarly Communication Team at Milner Library
- Milner Library recognizes Open Access Week, October 25-31
- Welcome back from Milner’s Scholarly Communication Team
- Milner deal supports opportunities for open access publishing
- Google Dataset Search: Using open access tools during the research process
- Summer Open Access activities
- Open Access documents from the Government Publishing Office
- Streaming in ISU ReD: beyond an article
- Search scholarly works preserved by the Internet Archive
- Discovering affordable materials for your class and research
- ISU ReD Marks its 10,000th item
- Recent developments in Open Access
- Integrating Wikipedia with Scholarly Communication
- Happy Domain Day 2021!
- Big Deals and the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts
- Deceptive publishers begone: Cabell’s Predatory Report is here
- “Create your own” through the public domain
- University Research Symposium hosted in ISU ReD
- A look at the Open Library of Humanities
- Finding Open Access journals and books
- Smithsonian open access
- Reusing others’ work with Creative Commons licenses
- Digitization of historical WGLT program guides informs broadcast history research
- Open Access Digital Theological Library
- Keeping it 100! Celebrating Milner’s contributions to ISU ReD
- How do you make a book free for everyone? Unglue.It
- Open Access publishing options
- Find free scholarly articles using the Unpaywall browser extension
- Historic ISNU enrollment ledgers now online
- Why submit to ISU ReD?
- Explore resources in the public domain
- Lever Press: an open access monograph publisher
- Oh, the places your thesis will go
- Educating Illinois on ISU ReD
- Finding open access resources using OAIster
- Illinois Shakespeare Festival programs now online
- UC library system says “no deal” to Elsevier