Showing posts from July, 2021

The Academic Writing Centre: summer tutorials and workshops

The Academic Writing Centre: summer tutorials and workshops The Academic Writing Centre is coming back this summer. We will be doing all our work remotely, and we hope this will enable as many students as possible to access our services. Whether you are working on repeat assignments, theses, or other projects, you are all welcome to avail of the following services: 1. Questions over the email:.  If you have a quick question in relation to your project, please access the Academic Writing Centre on Blackboard (in the Community tab). Use the General Questions tab to post your question, and we will post a reply as soon as we can.  2. One-on-one consultations on Teams.  If you are interested in a consultation to improve your writing, please fill out this form . Please note that these get booked out fast, as our hours are limited this summer.  3.  Group workshops.  Depending on the demand, we will hold one or several workshops every week. The first workshop takes place on 23 July .  We

Open Voices: Interview with Student Initiative for Open Science (SIOS)

In our Open Voices series Wei and Hardy from the Open Scholarship Community Galway (OSCG) speak to Marie Agergaard and Marla Dressel from the University of Amsterdam about their role in the Student Initiative for Open Science (SIOS) :   Wei: Marla and Marie, it is nice to meet you! To start our conversation, I am wondering if you could share a little bit more about yourself and your academic background? Marie : I am currently doing a Research Master in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam , where I am majoring in social psychology and minoring in psychological methods and statistics. Broadly my research interests lie in emotions. Marla : I did a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Groningen , which is also in the Netherlands. Like Marie, I am currently doing the Research Master’s in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. I am majoring in brain & cognition and minoring in psychological methods. My main interest is social and antisocial neuro

Academic Staff - Ensure your Reading List resources are available for the new Semester

The Library requests that academic staff publish their module reading lists via the Reading List Service for Semester I by Friday August 6th . This will give us sufficient time to: review the reading list purchase available e-books purchase print copies of new books process the digitisation of requested chapters/articles check e-links All reading lists must be created and published using the Reading List System . This enables us to process the reading lists efficiently and manage the volume of ordering and digitisation requests. It also ensures ease of access for students via the Blackboard module.  There are a range of short helpful video tutorials as well as our printed user guide available from our Reading Lists Page .  Academic staff new to the Reading List Service , may be particularly interested in the the following tutorials: Creating and Structuring a Reading List Adding Resources and Publishing your Reading List Requesting a Book Chapter for Digitisation   Collection Developme

Open Voices: Planting the OER Seed

Post by Ailish Larkin As someone who, on a personal level, tries to be thoughtful about where she shops, for example doesn’t use Amazon, and tries to support local businesses, the academic publishing business model always made me somewhat uneasy. On reading this article in the Guardian one weekend, I realised the outrageous profits accrued in the industry. I had a notion of what Open Educational Resources were and liked the equitable and accessible idea of them. I decided I needed to research OER more thoroughly. The Western Regional Section of the Library Association of Ireland summer seminar was held at Shannon College of Hotel Management in 2019 and included a lively world cafĂ© on Open Science/Scholarship . From then I was hooked. Through subsequent outreach activities, faculty at Shannon College are well apprised of the benefits of OER, and in one module we were able to save students a total of €3750 through swapping a commercial textbook for an OER. In the spring/summer of 20