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Student Post: #TEXTBOOKBROKE Student Survey for Open Education

Deepshika Verma, our Open Education Student Assistant

My name is Deepshika Verma and I am an International Studies major here at USF, with a minor in Health Sciences. I hope to go into the public health in the future as a result! I am super passionate about advocacy, an avid sports fan (Go Giants!), and also a student performer (been dancing my whole life).

As a student, I totally relate to excessive costs for education. Whether it be tuition, food, transportation, or textbooks, I have been there and done that. This is why I decided to advocate for Open Education at USFCA. I want to do what I can to get the word out about free resources for educational endeavors here on our campus, all thanks to Charlotte Roh, my partner-in-crime. She has guided me throughout my journey of discovering open education resources (OER) this semester and has been a huge supporter for me and many other students who are struggling to recover from expensive books/materials costs.

These upcoming few weeks left of the semester, we are implementing a survey for students and faculty to bring more awareness of OER and have it implemented into the university’s system. It is important to the both of us, not only to reduce costs of textbooks, but to have a chance to interact with millennials who have a different, unique mindset towards their education. Having a community to share OER with is something we strive towards and I cannot wait to continue my journey!

You can take the survey and win a $25 Amazon gift card at:



Open Education Week 2018: #textbookbroke #OEWeek

How much is your textbook? Is it too much?

This year, Gleeson Library is working to address the cost of textbooks and its impact on student learning. We’re celebrating Open Education Week and making moves!

Deepshika Verma, our new Open Education Student Assistant
  • We’ve hired an Open Education Student Assistant, Deepshika Verma, modeled on the SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellowship, to do research and outreach on how the University of San Francisco uses educational materials and how we can improve.
  • We’re holding a workshop in partnership with the The Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 4-5 pm Gleeson Library 213 (interactive classroom). RSVP here.
  • We’re piloting seed grants for faculty who want to flip their classrooms to Open Educational Resources (OER) or library resources. You can apply here.


For more information about Open Education Week please contact Charlotte Roh at


Fan Fiction and Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2018

When do you most frequently encounter copyright law? Is it when you click on a YouTube video and you find — uh oh — that it’s been taken down at the request of the owner?

In fact, we use an important part of our copyright law every day when we engage in “criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research” without paying or asking permission from copyright owners.

U.S. Code Title 17, Chapter 1, § 107 describes “fair use”, the part of copyright law that allows principals to parody whole songs from Disney’s Frozen and Teen Vogue to embed tweets in their article about ice skater Maé-Bérénice Méité’s costume change during the Olympics. It’s fair use that allows you to make a meme, quote a paragraph from a book in your paper, or use a clip from a movie in your classroom. In short, we use copyright law every day!

This year, the Association of Research Libraries has put out a handy infographic on the many ways our fair use right is crucial to innovation, creativity, and scholarship. You can see it at: fair-use-infographic-2018-accessible

At Gleeson Library, we’re screening a webinar featuring Harvard Copyright Advisor Kyle Courtney. He’ll talk about court cases related to fan fiction and fair use such as the recently settled Star Trek case, Paramount Pictures v. Axanar, the JK Rowling/Harry Potter lawsuit, and Warner Brothers v. RDR Books.

Fan Fiction and Fair Use
Thursday, March 1st
Gleeson 239 (seminar room)
RSVP to Charlotte Roh at
You can also contact Charlotte to request that Gleeson Library provide workshops to your class or department on how to use copyrighted work in teaching and scholarship.

Academic Take Down Notices and Author Rights: Understanding what’s happening with ResearchGate right now

Last week, the Coalition for Responsible Sharing brought pressure on ResearchGate for hosting material under copyright by publishers. In some ways, this is no different from Sony Music putting pressure on YouTube to take down copyrighted content – while YouTube might not have put up that video of a baby dancing to a Prince song, they certainly have the ability to take it down.

In other ways, however, it is very different, because the people who have put up their papers on ResearchGate are actually the creators. So if we take the YouTube analogy a little further, it might go a little something like this:

  1. Cardi B writes a song.
  2. Cardi B sells the song to Sony Music.
  3. Cardi B uploads the song to YouTube.
  4. Sony Music tells YouTube to take down the song.

Understandably, many users of ResearchGate are alarmed and upset that their work is now inaccessible. Unfortunately, unlike the musician Cardi B, academic authors don’t retain any rights and royalties to their work when they sign contracts with publishers.

It doesn’t have to be this way. While the open access movement and open access publishing has in many ways become synonymous with APC models that are “pay to play,” open access advocates are also working to educate authors on their rights as well.

You can learn more about how USF is supporting open access and author rights this Friday. Please join CRASE and Gleeson Library for a panel discussion of open access publishing at USF, followed by a workshop on how to find and vet journals and publishers to match your publishing needs.

USF Open Access Week Publishing Panel and Workshop

Friday, October 27th

1:30pm – 3pm

Gleeson Library Room 213

There will be snacks!


Jorge A. Aquino is Associate Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, where he teaches Latin American and U.S. Latinx theologies and religious history. He is editorial director of the peer-reviewed Journal of Hispanic / Latino Theology.

Ria DasGupta is Program Manager for USF’s Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach where she proudly works under the leadership of the university’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi. Ria is a doctoral student in the department of International and Multicultural Education in the School of Education, through which she has has the opportunity to serve as the Managing Editor for the International Journal of Human Rights Education, edited by Professor Monisha Bajaj. In all her spare time, she is also a professional classical Indian dancer.

Naupaka Zimmerman is broadly interested in the intersection of microbial community and ecosystem ecology. His lab research focuses on the ecology of plant-microbe interactions, with a particular focus on asymptomatic foliar fungi (also known as fungal endophytes). He was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai’i, and continues to conduct some of his research there, focusing on the endemic Hawaiian tree Metrosideros polymorpha. After finishing his PhD, Prof. Zimmerman taught at Stanford and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona before coming to USF.

Charlotte Roh is the Scholarly Communications Librarian and has expertise and a background in academic publishing. She works at the intersection of scholarly communication, social justice, and information literacy to educate and empower the faculty, staff, and students at the University of San Francisco around issues of open access and scholarly intellectual property rights.



Happy Open Education Week!

Happy Open Education Week!

Open Education Week is an international celebration of the hard work and success stories behind the idea of “free and open sharing in education.” For many students, this is a no-brainer: Textbooks are expensive!

So expensive, in fact, that many students don’t buy them, which has a real impact on classroom learning. Initially, the open education movement began with a desire to address the prohibitive cost of textbooks by using the power of the Internet. But as the movement has spread, many professors and students have found that having control over the material means better customizability, multimedia opportunities, and flipped classroom teaching. It’s been a win-win for everyone!

Here at the University of San Francisco, our librarians consult with faculty in order to flip their courses to the open education resources (OER) model by using library databases and vetted materials that are free online. We’ll be tabling at the Ed Tech Expo on Tuesday, March 28th from 9am to 2pm at the McLaren Center to talk about OERs and answer any questions.

If you can’t make it to the Expo, no problem! Students, faculty, and staff can contact Charlotte Roh at croh2(at) to talk further.

Celebrate Fair Use Week!

What is fair use? 

Fair use is a part of copyright law, and describes how ownership over copyright is limited in order to benefit our society.

It’s what allows teachers to use materials in the classroom, artists to remix to create new works, and comedians to parody the news.

What is Fair Use Week?

Fair Use Week takes place the last week of February, and is a time to celebrate how this special and important part of copyright law has allowed us all to use copyrighted material.

How can I learn more about fair use?

The Gleeson Library and Zief Law Library are partnering on an event, please join us for conversation and snacks!

Fair Use Week 2017 Brown Bag: Using Copyrighted Work in Your Courses
Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: 12-1 pm
Where: Zief Law Library, Terrace Room
Contact: Scholarly Communications Librarian Charlotte Roh,
I can’t make it to this event, where can I learn more?
The Center for Social and Media Impact has fair use guidelines for many situations at
You can also talk to any librarian at Gleeson, or contact Charlotte Roh at

Open Access and Students

Why does open access matter for students? Don’t our students here at USF have access to everything they need through the amazing Gleeson Library?

It’s true! Our USF Libraries does a fantastic job of providing all the resources that students need to do their research here and now. But our mission here at USF is to go beyond to make a local, national, and global impact. What about students and researchers all over the world, who don’t have access to expensive databases?

We can make sure that important academic research – like cancer research or disability studies – is available to everyone. The Right to Research Coalition, which was created by students, has information on how you can be involved in working to make sure that every student has the right to the research that they need.

Happy Open Access Week and thanks for celebrating with us!