Guest Blog: Librarians Still Want Your Books
When a couple of biologists began their journey to share everything they knew about fruit flies, they didn’t plan on publishing a multivolume encyclopedia. But as Annelise Doll (Van Pelt and Opie Library) explains in her Unscripted guest blog, when the pages piled up, the team needed a place to publish that provided easy access.
By publishing books with open access on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, authors retain their copyright and control the subsequent use of the work through a Creative Commons license.
Under the license, readers may copy and share the work without changes in a noncommercial context as long as proper attribution is included. Works like The Encyclopedia of North American Drosophilids and “Printing 3D Models for Chemistry” that are published open-access (OA) are often considered open educational resources (OERs). These openly available, online instructional or reference materials can be used as alternatives to expensive course materials or as supplemental content. As the home of Michigan Tech’s digital repository, the Van Pelt and Opie Library promotes and assists with OA and OER projects.
Read more about the behind-the-scenes process in Doll’s guest post on Unscripted, the University’s research blog.