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KU Libraries accepting applications for second annual faculty Research Sprints

KU Libraries Research Sprints
KU Libraries are now accepting applications for the second annual Research Sprints, a program to offer in-depth, dedicated support for KU faculty. Research Sprints provide faculty the opportunity to partner with a team of expert librarians on a specific project or component of a broader project during a weeklong collaboration May 15-19.
 
Individuals or groups of faculty may apply to work intensively with a team of librarians. The intent is for the entire team—faculty and librarians—to work without distractions to produce a tangible product or outcome. Proposed projects need not be stand-alone; they can be a component or a module of a larger project that helps meet a well-defined milestone towards a bigger goal.
 
KU Libraries will host an information session 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Monday, March 27 in Watson Library, room 455. Interested applicants are invited to attend to learn more about the program, discuss the application process, and share their project ideas with each other. To RSVP, please email Karna Younger at karna@ku.edu. Read more...

KU Libraries offer grants to support open educational resources

KU Libraries, through the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, are currently accepting proposals for small grants to support the implementation of open educational resources (OER) in KU classrooms. College textbook costs have increased over 800% in the last 3 decades, far outpacing inflation, housing, and medical costs, to become the most inflated consumer product. High cost texts create significant barriers to learning and student success.
 
The libraries are at the forefront in addressing this concern, and the Shulenburger Office staff are working with faculty to explore Open Educational Resources. Read more...

Libraries host workshop to improve reproducibility of research

Last fall, KU Libraries, working with co-sponsors, offered a Software Carpentry workshop to teach fundamental skills that can increase productivity and improve the quality and reproducibility of research. In the two-day workshop, 47 registered attendees, made up of faculty, staff, and students across disciplines, learned how to automate tasks using the Unix shell, how to track and share work using version control, and how to write software in Python that is readable, reusable, and reliable.
 
The Software Carpentry Foundation estimates these skills can save half a day to one day a week over a researcher’s career. Workshops can be held by anyone, but must be led by certified instructors. KU Libraries are a productive partner in offering large-scale workshops that pull from a variety of departments and institutions, and are open to partnering on Carpentry Foundation membership. For more information about collaborating with KU Libraries to host future workshops, please contact Jamene Brooks-Kieffer, data services librarian, at jamenebk@ku.edu.

Open textbook published by Dr. Razi Ahmad


Rudaki Tomb in Ranjkent. Image source Jamal Nazareth.

KU Libraries and the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright continue their commitment to open educational resources (OER) by publishing Dr. Razi Ahmad’s open textbook entitled, “Tajik Persian: Readings in history, culture and society,” available through KU ScholarWorks, KU’s open access digital repository. The book is also indexed in the Open Textbook Library, a free online collection of more than 360 openly licensed textbooks curated by the University of Minnesota based Open Textbook Network.
 
“It has been a great experience working with all the library staff who helped me on this project,” said Ahmad. “Tajik is one of the critical languages for which there exist very limited pedagogical materials for elementary and intermediate-level and virtually negligible for the advanced-level students. "Tajik Persian: Readings in history, culture and society" is a modest attempt to provide instructors and students free of cost advanced-level textbook that can be used as the primary or supplementary material in classrooms.” Read more...

Spencer Library opens Education: The mightiest weapon exhibit



“Education: The mightiest weapon” explores the educational experiences of African American Kansans, including artifacts surrounding the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court decision, drawing on Kenneth Spencer Library’s African American Experience Collection.
Engaged: Campus and community scholars working together for the public good is open in Haricombe Gallery



“Engaged: Campus and community scholars working together for the public good” showcases KU’s community-engaged programs, initiatives, centers and scholarship.
Upcoming events
  
Gallery Lecture Series
James Bever, Distinguished Foundation Professor and
Dr. Liz Koziol, Post-Doctoral Fellow
March 29 | 2:30-4 p.m.
Watson Three West

Serving Social Justice and Pedagogical Innovation Through Open Educational Practices
Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani
March 30 | 10-11:30 a.m.
The Commons

Annie is still on my mind

Dr. Stephen Case
April 5  | 4 p.m.
Watson Three West


Education: The mightiest weapon reception
April 7 | 5:30 p.m.
Spencer Research Library


Snyder Book Collecting Contest award reception
April 13 | 4:30 p.m.
Watson Three West


Gallery Lecture Series
Wendy and Bill Picking, Distinguished Foundation Professors
April 26 | 3-4:30 p.m.
Watson Three West

 
What's new in the libraries?

Explore new spaces
Anschutz 201


GIS & Data Lab


Digital Humanities Classroom



New to collections
Archives of Sexuality and Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940
is a digital collection, procured through funds from the Jayhawks for Libraries endowment, containing primary sources that document aspects of social, political, and legal issues affecting LGBTQ communities throughout the world.  The database is comprised of extensive sources relating to the AIDS crisis, including materials from government agencies and organizations working to combat the disease.

 
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