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Digging Deeper into University Opposition to Open Educational Resources (OER)

Recently Elliot Harmon from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) contributed a post to EFF’s blog. Harmon explores the university opposition to open educational resources paradox: “… universities’ opposition to open licensing has nothing to do with students’ access to educational resources. What’s really playing out is a longstanding fight over how universities use patents—more specifically, software patents. Open education just happens to be caught in the crossfire.”

For Harmon’s complete analysis, read “Why Are Universities Fighting Open Education?


2016 MediaHub Updates

MHBWIf you have not yet heard or made use of the Phillips Memorial Library+Commons’ MediaHub, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the space and what it has to offer. The MediaHub is a multimedia center located on the first floor of the library, which aims to assist and inspire Providence College’s students, faculty, staff in their digital media-inclusive work. Stationary equipment is located within the space and loanable equipment is available upon request from the Circulation Desk, located next to the library’s front entrance. Specialized assistance is available from the Digital Publishing Services Lab.

Static equipment includes five high-end iMac computers, equipped with a variety of media hardware and software, including iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Audacity, Lynda.com, and GarageBand; three lockboxes for equipment with plexiglass windows and multiple cable knockouts; specialized audio recording equipment; and Epson scanners. Loanable equipment includes video cameras, digital cameras, drawing tablets, green screen lighting kits, portable digital audio recorders, MIDI keyboards, and microphones, and peripherals to aid in use and storage including tripods, external hard drives, memory cards, headphones, and cables. Loanable equipment has a loan time of 7 days. For more information, please visit Digital Publishing Services’ MediaHub webpage, where you can view a comprehensive online catalog of equipment, listing of item availability, image gallery, and tutorials.

Pillars of the Dominican Order: St. Dominic de Guzman & St. Thomas Aquinas – Library Exhibit


DPS is proud to share that a digital version of the library’s current exhibit - Pillars of the Dominican Order: St. Dominic de Guzman & St. Thomas Aquinas- is now available through Digital Commons here. Almost eight hundred years ago, in … [Continue reading]

DPS Welcomes Elizabeth Schneider

We are glad to welcome the newest member of the Digital Publishing Services Team- Elizabeth Schneider.  Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art History at the University of Michigan and her Master’s of Library and Information Studies degree … [Continue reading]

Open Library of Humanities


From About OLH page: The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries … [Continue reading]

Library of Congress Passes New Exemption to Copyright Law


On October 28th, the Library of Congress passed a new exemption to copyright law, which allows consumers to jailbreak their tablets, computers, automobile software, and Blu-ray devices without fear of having legal action brought against them. This … [Continue reading]

SelectedWorks is Getting an Upgrade

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 SelectedWorks, the faculty webpage builder from Bepress, is receiving an upgrade very soon! Digital Publishing Services will be trained and updated on the exciting new features.  In the meantime, have a look at Providence College's present … [Continue reading]

#ReCollectingRI: The Dorr Letters


What does the past mean to you?  What comes to your mind when you think of Rhode Island history?  These questions are at the heart of the #ReCollectingRI project, an effort of the Rhode Island Historical Society to engage all Rhode Islanders with our … [Continue reading]

Guest Post: Russell Franks on Infrared Photography


This is a guest post by Russell Franks, Librarian for Special and Archival Collections at Providence College.  Our eyes are truly a wonderful part of our being. As a window on the world, our eyes are capable of distinguishing as much as 10 … [Continue reading]

Commons Digital Publishing Services Specialist (Open Position)


The Phillips Memorial Library, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island is seeking applicants for a Commons Digital Publishing Services Specialist. Reporting to the Digital Publishing Services Coordinator, the Commons Digital Publishing Services … [Continue reading]

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