Resource of the week: Oxford Scholarship Online

Oxford Scholarship Online is a vast and rapidly-expanding online library, providing easy access to thousands of books from the world-renowned scholarly list of Oxford University Press. Spanning subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law, Oxford Scholarship Online is an essential research resource for student, scholar, and academic alike, no matter what their subject specialty. The resource contains cutting-edge works from up-and-coming academics, alongside the classic scholarship of established and award-winning names, including Nobel Laureates.

Oxford Scholarship Online is available to our library via VIVA, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium. Access here.

VIVA Open Adopt Grants – applications due Oct. 4

VIVA Open Adopt Grants provide awards of $2,000 to individual instructors to support the time it takes to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus, and to ensure that the results of those efforts are widely available to Virginia educators.

Instructors interested in applying for this opportunity are encouraged to explore VIVA’s repository of Open Education Resources, VIVA Open, to discover open resources that may be of use in their courses. Applicants do not need to choose a resource listed in VIVA Open to apply for the grant.

Team and departmental adoptions, as well as projects seeking to adapt or create new Open Educational Resources, should apply for the larger scale VIVA Open Course Grants.

Applications are due October 4, 2021 via email at vivaopen@gmu.edu. Notification of award recipients will take place by November 12, 2021. Adopted course materials must be piloted in the classroom by spring, 2023.

Learn more at https://vivalib.org/va/open/grants/adopt. Register for an upcoming informational webinar on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 9:30 am: https://vivalib.libcal.com/event/8065999. Advance registration is required.

Questions about all VIVA Open grants can be sent to vivaopen@gmu.edu.

New streaming media content resources available

Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium – VIVA – has acquired three new streaming media products: Academic Video Online (AVON), three Sage Video Collections, and Docuseek2. These recent acquisitions are thanks to one-time CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds allocated by the Governor for streaming media content, in support of online and remote education at public institutions.

As a member of VIVA, the Mason Libraries is pleased to share that access for these resources is now available to our Mason community. The Libraries’ prior subscription to Docuseek will continue, enhanced by the acquisition of AVON and SAGE.

AVON

Academic Video Online (AVON), an Alexander Street Press/ProQuest streaming media product, includes over 72,000 titles spanning a wide and interdisciplinary range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. Included among the titles are news programs, training, lectures, interviews, documentaries, ethnographies, performances, and feature and short films. Additionally, there is a set of over 2,000 videos to support student success in areas such as stress management, college life, communication, and success in math. AVON is highly rated for its accessibility, with such features as on-demand audio described video, onscreen captions, and scrolling/searchable transcripts.

To get started with AVON, go directly to our database. Mason faculty, students, and staff may access AVON on or off campus by clicking this link. Off-campus users will be prompted to sign in using their Mason credentials. Access for this resource will continue through December 2021.

SAGE Counseling & Psychotherapy, Criminology & Criminal Justice, and Nursing Video Collections

The Counseling & Psychotherapy Collection includes over 130 hours of video and addresses a wide range of academic and practitioner issues through tutorials, interviews, and demonstrations. 

The Criminology & Criminal Justice Collection includes over 120 hours of video covering all branches of the criminal justice system.  It supports students and researchers via tutorial videos that take viewers step-by-step through the criminal investigation process; case studies that show how that research affects policy and practices; and films that take viewers inside forensics labs, correctional facilities, and court rooms. 

The Nursing Collection includes over 75 hours of video and features content aligned to support traditional baccalaureate- and masters-level nursing programs, including demonstration, tutorial, and in-practice videos as well as interviews with leaders and practitioners in the field. The Nursing Collection also includes an assessment tool, accessible only to instructors, that allows instructors to select questions specifically curated for the video content. For access to the assessment tool, contact Kathy Butler, Health Sciences Librarian, at kbutle18@gmu.edu.

Mason faculty, students, and staff may access SAGE on or off campus by clicking this link. Off-campus users will be prompted to sign in using their Mason credentials. Access for this resource will continue through December 2021.

DOCUSEEK2

The Libraries already subscribed to the Docuseek2 Complete Collection, which includes 1800 titles from such distributors as Bullfrog Films, Icarus Films, Film Movement, MediaStorm, First Run Features, and more. These documentary films are on a variety of subjects, including education, healthcare, science and technology, and critical thinking. 

Mason faculty, students, and staff may access Docuseek on or off campus by clicking this link. Off-campus users will be prompted to sign in using their Mason credentials. Access for this resource will be funded by VIVA for three years, through December 2023.

QUESTIONS?

Questions about the above resources? Please contact your subject librarian. Questions about our media collections and services? Check out this resource guide.

Changes to VIVA Wiley agreement

Mason researchers have access to a large number of journals published by Wiley, thanks to an on-going contract between Wiley and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA).  However, given current budget cuts across the state, recently VIVA has had to renegotiate this contract. To maintain this important journal access and yet still reach a viable price point, one component of the earlier contract has been dropped: financial support for authors publishing in fully-open journals. 

Fortunately, at Mason we are still able to offer our Open Access Publishing Fund as a way to support Open Access (OA) publishing by university researchers and offset potential publishing costs. To review the eligibility criteria and to apply for funding, please visit our OA Publishing Fund site.

To learn more about the cost of academic journal subscriptions, please visit our Sustainable Collections site.

Announcing VIVA Open Adopt Grants

VIVA is pleased to announce a new grant initiative, VIVA Open Adopt Grants. VIVA Open Adopt Grants provide awards of $2,000 to individual instructors to support the time it takes to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus, and to ensure that the results of those efforts are widely available to Virginia educators.

Though united in purpose with VIVA’s Open Course Grant program, VIVA Open Adopt Grants have a simplified application process, a pre-determined award amount, and will be awarded to individual faculty members hoping to adopt an already existing resource.  Team and departmental adoptions, as well as projects seeking to adapt or create new Open Educational Resources, should apply for the larger scale VIVA Open Course grants, the next round of which will be announced in December 2020. The VIVA Open Adopt Grant RFP and application can be found on the VIVA website. Applications are due October 19, 2020. 

Informational webinars will be held on the below dates. Registration is required. More information is available on VIVA’s website.

Questions can be sent to vivaopen@gmu.edu.