There have been many exciting developments in open educational resources, open-access textbooks, and other topics related to scholarly communications in the past several years here at Milner Library and Illinois State University. We hope the end products of that work have been useful in your pedagogy and teaching. For those interested in learning more about some of the methods and philosophy behind the open access movement, we would like to draw your attention to the Open Research Toolkit.

The toolkit was developed by Associate Professor Christopher Eaker of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, during a faculty development leave in fall 2021. It was primarily designed with librarians in mind, but will be useful for anyone who wishes to learn more about or teach concepts related to open research. The Open Research Toolkit homepage includes PowerPoint files, presentation notes, recorded modules, and resource files developed by Eaker.

The 14 recorded modules (videos) can also be found on YouTube and are titled The Open Research Ecosystem; Principles & Practices of Open Research; The Philosophical Underpinning of Open Research; Open Access to Published Research; Open Access to Research Data; F.A.I.R. Data Principles; Reproducibility of Research; The Five Rs of Open Research; Open Peer Review; Open Licensing of Data & Software; Open Advocacy; Citizen Science; Open Policies; and Open Education Resources. Each video is between 10 and 25 minutes long.

Milner Library also offers a wide variety of resources for those interested in open access year-round, and during our annual Open Access Week celebration in the fall. If you have questions about open research, would like to include your materials on our institutional repository ISU ReD, or have questions about any scholarly communications or related topics, we hope you will contact Milner Library’s Scholarly Communication Team at

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