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Scholarly Communications Guide for Faculty, Staff: Open Access & OER

Resources to help you with writing and publishing your scholarship

Where to start?

Are you looking for open access alternatives to your textbook? See the "where to find OERs" list below to start, or start with these

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What is Open Access?

Video: Open Access Explained!

Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics). "Open Access Explained!" (00:08:23) YouTube. 25 October 2012.

The Open Movement

Our current system for communicating research uses a print-based model in the digital age. The results of many research projects are largely hidden behind paywalls by legacy publishers and restrict access to a small fraction of users, locking out most of the world’s population and preventing the use of new research techniques.

In response to the aforementioned restrictions, Open Access

  • is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.
  • fully utilizes the Internet for what it was originally built to do—accelerate research.

Curated OER Collections at LaGuardia

Learning Matters Assignment Library

A college-wide effort at building the higher-order thinking capacities students need for 21st century success, The Learning Matters Assignment Library contains examples of assignments that model ways to address our Core Competencies and Communication Abilities. Contributions to the Library emerged from CTL seminars, Learning Matters Mini-Grants, and departmental assignment development workshops. Assignments from a wide range of disciplines are included. Assignments that complete the submission process and are selected count as a college contribution.

Please contact Ece Aykol (English) at regarding the submission process.

First Year Seminar Curricular Resources

The First Year Seminar Curricular Resources collection includes assignments from a range of academic disciplines that support and strengthen first-semester student learning. Please contact Ellen Quish (Center for Teaching and Learning) at

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barrier and carry legal permission for open use. OER are in active development across CUNY. They leverage the internet to make education more affordable, accessible, and effective. Check out CUNY's guide to learn where you can find OER to use in your classes and learn more about open education.


opening slide from the presentation Open Educational Resources (OER) in Tenure & Promotion

Disciplinary OER Collections

OER Collections

OER Liaison

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Ian McDermott
LaGuardia Community College Library,
31-10 Thomson Avenue, room E101

Your Librarian

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Ann Matsuuchi
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Your Librarian

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Elizabeth Jardine

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