Denise Dimsdale is the subject librarian for Education and Gerontology at Georgia State University (GSU). She also participates in Georgia’s statewide Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) initiative as GSU’s ALG Library Coordinator. In this role, she leads efforts to support the adoption, use, and creation of open educational resources (OER) and affordable learning alternatives at Georgia State University. She also works through the ALG community to help promote OER and affordable learning opportunities across the state.
I created a guide about public domain content to use when teaching workshops on the topic. The guide is a subtopic on GSU’s Open Education guide. Adding public domain information was especially timely considering that an abundance of documents whose copyright protection had been extended for 20 years would fall into the public domain on January 1, 2019. I also co-presented on public domain at the Georgia Libraries Conference with Laura Burtle. The slides for the presentation are available here. I wrote several blogs published on the GSU library homepage including Free Digital Textbooks from the University of North Georgia Press and Remembering Aaron Swartz. I also began planning an OER/Affordable learning guide targeted to faculty adoption. I worked with our Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to start a faculty learning community (FLC) on OER and affordable content, but the project fell through due to lack of faculty interest. I plan to revisit this FLC project in the Spring.