COD Library Blog

Internet Archive takes on the "Last 20."

The Internet Archive is taking advantage of a little known copyright law provision that allows for the digitization of books published between 1923-1941 that are still protected by copyright but are not being actively sold. The Internet Archive is being quite cheeky by naming the collection for Sonny Bono, who helped pass a law that extended copyright by an additional 20 years. Read about legal battle against the "Last 20" and the Internet Archive's brave project here.

E-Textbook Practices in Higher Education--New Study.

An exciting longitudinal study on E-textbook practices in higher education is now available in the latest issue of Educause Review.
Key Takeaways:

  • A four-year university-wide study of students' e-textbook practices found that e-textbook use has increased, particularly among younger students.
  • The major barriers--including a student preference for print and unfamiliarity with e-textbooks--show signs of being alleviated.
  • Other factors related to mobile device access and pedagogically effective e-textbooks show little change over the study period.
  • Instructor practices have improved, but there is still room for growth, with implications for focused professional development.

DeNoyelles, A., Raible, J., & Seilhamer, R. (2017). Exploring the use of e-textbooks in higher education: A multiyear study. Educause Review Online. Retrieved from http://er.educause.edu/

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What Should I Study?

There are many quality degrees and certifications offered here at College of DuPage. Deciding on a career path is a huge decision! If you’re undecided, or if you’re looking for more information about a particular career, take a look at our online resource, Career Cruising. Use it to search for a particular profession or use the "Career Selector" tool to choose aspects of a job that are important to you. You can use the "Assessments" tool to identify the type of career that suits your personality and interests. Career Cruising is a great place to start developing the resources you need to develop a plan for your future.

To access Career Cruising, use:
Username: cod
Password: careers

Take your career research to the College's awesome Counseling & Advising department for help exploring your options and make sure to visit the Career Services Center for even more information. We're here to help you succeed!

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Lifelong Learning with Lynda

lynda_logo3k-d_144x.pngDid you know that your Lynda account is free with a student, faculty, or staff library card? Sign up to brush up on your skills--whether it’s finally mastering Microsoft Excel or learning Photoshop to create the ultimate holiday card. Learn how to code or prepare for an IT certification. There are even videos on study skills and how to use BlackBoard! Lynda allows you to create a personal library of videos. You can start or stop a course at any time and come back to it when it’s convenient for you.

Go to our Lynda registration page to get started. You'll need your dupage.edu email address to register.

Get the Whole Scoop with CQ Researcher

cq.pngIt can be tricky to narrow down a broad subject when writing a paper or speech. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or you don’t know where to begin, head over to CQ Researcher. CQ Researcher provides an overview of hot topics like gun control, marijuana legalization, and LGBT rights. It also includes timelines, visual aids, and pro/con arguments to help you put things into perspective. Head over to the Current Events resources page to use CQ Researcher. You'll need a library card to use CQ Research when you aren't on campus.
Need more help with your topic? Ask a Librarian!

What Should I Read Next?

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Are you craving a fresh book? You can always ask a librarian for a recommendation--or you can use one of our many online resources to find a story that suits you. We suggest checking out Novelist Plus, which can be accessed on our book review resources page

Novelist Plus is a book recommendation site that includes both fiction and non-fiction books. It allows you to search for books by genre, by reader's age, and even by your mood!. You can even search for audio books by running time if you’re planning a long car trip. Novelist Plus includes a "Read-Alike" tool if you’re looking to read something similar to your favorite books. Remember, you’ll need your library card number if you’re logging in from home.

A slice of the textbook pie: Textbook Arbitrage

ar·bi·trage
/ärbəˌträZH/
noun: the simultaneous buying and selling of securities, currency, or commodities in different markets or in derivative forms in order to take advantage of differing prices for the same asset.
verb: buy and sell assets using arbitrage.

Have a listen to a fascinating (and quite annoying) NPR Planet Money episode about a little corner of the textbook marketplace. And learn something about economics & finance while you're at it.

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Webinar: Faculty & Librarians Select High Quality OER

Learn about how classroom faculty and librarians collaborate to select high-quality OER in this webinar recording from the CCCOER (Recorded Sept 27, 2017) Regina Gong's experience is particularly useful--Lansing Community College is a Guided Pathways school.

"I may have a Ph.D., but I’m not perfect" - Profs share their own cheating stories

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"There’s definitely students that are lazy and are just cheating for the fun of it, but I think a huge part of it is how we’re teaching,"

Sam Hosington writes about three college professors who cheated as students and how those experiences have impacted their reactions to and understanding of cheating behaviors in their own students.

Read more online www.chronicle.com/article/They-Once-Cheated-in-Class/241415 [no login necessary]

Hosington, S. (2017, October 10). They once cheated in class. Now they teach. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from www.chronicle.com/article/They-Once-Cheated-in-Class/241415

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OER Repositories: Webinar (10-25-2017)

Recorded October 25, 2017
Details: Join CCCOER for this webinar to hear about how OER repositories and Open Course Management systems can support the development and sharing of OER within colleges and regional consortiums.

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