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  • Posted: February 26, 2018
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    Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students

    Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a one hour workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive a $200 stipend for your efforts!

    Did You Know...

    • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.
    • The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate can budget $1,220 - $1,420 for textbooks and supplies in 2017–18.
    • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
    • Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
    • 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.

    Open Textbooks

    Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

    What You Can Do

    Attend the Open Textbook Workshop— a one-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review.

    What: Open Textbook Workshop

    Where: Randall Library (RL1045)

    When: March 21, 2018, 12:00 -1:00 pm

    Who: The workshop will be led by Ashley Knox, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Beth Thompson, Digital Formats and Metadata Librarian.

    Registration closed. This workshop filled up in record time on the first day! Please email Ashley Knox (knoxa [at] uncw.edu) if you are interested in us holding another workshop like this in the library!

    If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Ashley Knox, at 910-962-7996 or knoxa [at] uncw.edu.

    This workshop is sponsored by The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).

    Find out more information on the Open Educational Resources Guide.

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  • Posted: February 14, 2018
    An image of a newspaper with the headline "What's New"

    Randall Library is excited to announce the addition of five historical newspapers to its collection: The Atlanta Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. These newspapers provide invaluable insights and information on leading issues and events, like the U.S. Civil War, immigration, westward expansion, industrial developments, race relations, and World War I and II; to local and regional politics, society, arts, culture, business, and sports.

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  • Posted: February 02, 2018
    Zine Artist Madeleine Veitch

    Randall Library is proud to welcome artist Madeline Veitch for an event that is all about Zines!

    Please join us at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 14th, in the Sherman Hayes Gallery for a conversation about zines: their origin, zine culture, and how Randall Library and the department of Art & Art History are creating a UNCW zine culture of their own. 

    Zines create powerful spaces for low-budget, offline, author/artist-directed knowledge sharing. Tracing some of the roots of underground and author-driven publications through19th and 20th century subcultures, this talk will address how zines and their forerunners have played a vital role in building community and visual resonances around identity and lived experience. In examining contemporary zine cultures, we’ll explore how zines facilitate important forms of speech and knowledge circulation in the present social and political climate. 

    Madeline Veitch is a Research, Metadata, and Zine Librarian at SUNY New Paltz. In 2014, she collaborated with a group of students to start a zine library at the Sojourner Truth Library. The collection has since grown to over 600 zines and spawned an array of library programming around zines and zinemaking. She believes that communities should have access to the knowledge they produce and sees the circulation of art and ideas through zines as a powerful way to upend the traditional publishing model. She lives in the Hudson Valley where she spends her spare time rambling around the Shawangunk mountains and making zines. 

    A zine-making workshop will be held from 1 - 3 PM at CAB 2041. Seats available on a first come, first served basis. 

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