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Release Announcement: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind [ed. Heather Salazar]

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I am excited to announce the release of the first book in a new series of open textbooks for Introduction to Philosophy courses: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind, edited by Heather Salazar (Western New England University).  Introduction to Philosophy of Mind surveys the central themes in philosophy of mind and places them in a historicalKeep reading “Release Announcement: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind [ed. Heather Salazar]”

Adapting OER for your Unique Context (Office Hours Summary)

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“Adapting OER for your Unique Context,” a co-presentation with the Open Textbook Network, taught us a lot about the wealth of possibilities for adaptation that OER presents, and the different methods of achieving those adaptation dreams. Our guests told us stories of creating an open textbook that is easily adaptable and of adapting an openKeep reading “Adapting OER for your Unique Context (Office Hours Summary)”

Publishing Together: Finding Community in Introduction to Philosophy

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There were 163 posts on the Rebus Community platform and 35 people collaborating on the Introduction to Philosophy series when I first joined this open textbook project. The team had been working together for almost six months, so there was some catching up to do: I had to understand the team’s motivations, vision, and currentKeep reading “Publishing Together: Finding Community in Introduction to Philosophy”

Publishing is about making things public

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We here at Rebus are often asked what it is we do, both as individuals and as an organization. Sometimes, depending on the context, we find ourselves stretching to find the right combination of words—non-profit, web-based platforms, tools for academics, digital texts, collaboration. A common perception is that Rebus is a publisher, given that weKeep reading “Publishing is about making things public”

More than a Button: Getting Open Textbooks into Print. (Office Hours Summary)

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More than a Button: Getting Open Textbooks into Print, a co-presentation with Open Textbook Network (OTN), was a great success! Guests spoke from a variety of perspectives, helping us learn more about print-on-demand (PoD) services for open textbooks. PoD sounds straightforward enough, but as we got deeper into the topic we discovered so many complications—fromKeep reading “More than a Button: Getting Open Textbooks into Print. (Office Hours Summary)”

Opening up LGBTQ discourse with a compelling textbook project

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During June, some parts of the world recognize Pride Month, celebrating sexuality and gender diversity, as well as the importance of individual self-expression. In other parts of the world, however, governments and societies have moved to limit rights, protections, and respect for people who do not identify as heteronormative. Being open about identity is notKeep reading “Opening up LGBTQ discourse with a compelling textbook project”

Libraries at the Front Lines (of everything)

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Are librarians superheroes? Are libraries a real-world amalgam of Themyscira, the Batcave, Xavier’s School, and Stark Industries (but made open to the public)? Yes, I think, especially after this past Friday’s conference of the ABQLA (L’Association des bibliothécaires du Québec / Quebec Library Association). The 87th annual event took place in Montreal on May 24,Keep reading “Libraries at the Front Lines (of everything)”

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