General Resources


  • arXiv is a disapline repository for the sciences such as physics, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, computer science, quantitative biology.

  • Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) provides a list of open digital repositories, both disciplinary and institutional, organized by continent.
  • DSpace, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) institutional repository which provides access to MIT's entire intellectual output.
  • Electronic Literature Directory is a resource for readers and writers of born-digital literature. Created by the Electronic Literature Organization, it provides an extensive database listing electronic works, their authors, and their publishers.

  • Open Access Directory (OAD) is a continually-updated resource of disciplinary specific repositories.
  • Trails, a digital repository for sociologists created in 2010, provides faculty an opportunity search for or post syllabi, lesson plans, bibliographies, and other teaching resources. Materials will be assessed by peer-review committees for their fidelity to a set of principles of high-quality teaching that have been identified by the association.

Articles & Reports


  • OER as a Model for Enhanced Teaching and Learning.(2011). Petrides, L., Jimes, C., Middleton-Detzner, C. and Howell, H. This article presents preliminary findings from a research study conducted by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education on the role of open educational resources (OER) in transforming pedagogy.


  • Code of best practices in Fair Use for scholarly research in communication. Howard, J. (June, 2010). The International Communication Association has created a code of best practices to help U.S. communication scholars interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. This guide identifies four situations that represent the current consensus within the community of communication scholars about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials.

  • Digital Object Repository Server: A Component of the Digital Object Architecture (January/Februrary 2010). Sean Reilly. D-Lib Magazine. The Digital Object Architecture defines three primary components: an identifier system, metadata registries, and digital object repositories. The identifier system is the widely used Handle System and the CNRI metadata registries are now in use in several projects. This paper introduces the Digital Object Repository Server (DORS), the most recent instantiation of CNRI's repository work. DORS includes an open, flexible, secure and scalable protocol and software suite that provides a common interface for interacting directly with all types of Digital Objects. It has been implemented and tested as server software and provides a trustworthy network interface for invoking operations on objects.


  • Florida Colleges and Universities Are Addressing Textbook Affordability. Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability. (July, 2010). The U.S. Congress has passed the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which contained language aimed at reducing textbook costs. In addition, the Florida Legislature addressed textbook affordability by passing legislation in 2008 and 2009. As a result, the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors now require Florida colleges and public universities to take various actions to help make textbooks more affordable for students. Florida also has begun a statewide open access textbook initiative that currently offers approximately 170 open access textbooks on a variety of subjects that can be accessed for free online or printed for a nominal cost.

  • Open Access Textbook Task Force report. (March, 2010). This report was compiled in response to a legislative requirement to create a plan to promote open access textbooks in Florida as a method for reducing textbook costs. Produced by a 23-member Task Force with membership drawn from Florida’s higher education arena, the report includes eleven proposed recommendations to promote and sustain open access textbook use in Florida.

  • Scholars embrace some, but not all, digital media. Howard, J. (April, 2010). “Chronicle” report on a survey of faculty members’ attitudes and behaviors related to libraries, scholarly material,  repositories, and ideas about open access. The article links to the complete report, prepared for the Ithaka group, "Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies." The report uses responses from over 3,000 scholars at institutions across the country.

    The E-Book Sector (June, 2010). E-textbooks are only used to a small extent in traditional higher education and very few students at traditional institutions are currently using e-textbooks, according to recent surveys.However, this is not the case for private educational institutions such as Pheonix Online. Campus libraries and e-reader manufacturers are betting on electronic learning materials to overtake traditional textbooks at public institutions in the foreseeable future. Comment posted to this Higher Education article are also of interest.
  • 2010 Top ten trends in academic libraries: A review of the current literature. (N.D.). ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee. (2010). A report from the Association of College and Research Libraries finds that budget challenges, digitization, the growth of mobile Internet devices, and increased collaboration rank among the top trends of 2010.