OhioLINK is Seeking Two Senior Repository Software Developers

My place of work, OhioLINK, is part of a larger group called the Educational Technology Division of the University System of Ohio. In that capacity, we’re seeking two senior repository software developers to work in our downtown Columbus, OH, office.

The position description can be a little tricky to get to — the Ohio State University jobs website does not allow deep linking into job descriptions — so I’m reproducing the entire description here:

Position Information

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Both current Ohio State employees and the general public may apply for this unclassified professional position.  

Textbook Affordability at the Student Success Assessment Summit

I had the pleasure of presenting on a panel at the Ohio Student Success Assessment Summit this morning on the topic of textbooks and open educational resources. Specifically, I was talking about the plans and desires of the University System of Ohio to help faculty help students with the escalating of costs of learning materials. My talk (below and on SlideShare) gives a background of the problem in the context of the State of Ohio, principles upon which a working plan for statewide support is forming, and strategic themes

Clarification Offered for “Technology: The textbook of the future” in Nature

A recent issue of Nature published an article by Declan Butler called “Technology: The textbook of the future” included a paragraph about OhioLINK’s exploration of digital textbooks:

Ongoing tests of CourseSmart e-textbooks by the University System of Ohio show that they reduce costs — the average US student forks out some $900 annually on print textbooks — and students using them perform just as well as when using paper versions, says Peter Murray, deputy head of new service development at the Ohio Library and Information Network in Columbus, Ohio, which assists the University System of Ohio on the project.

Dr. Michael Wesch to Give Keynote at LLT 2009

Dr. Michael Wesch, a cultural anthropologist dubbed “the explainer” by Wired magazine, will give the keynote address “Mediated Culture: Tales from New Guinea, New Media and New Experiments in Learning” on Monday, March 2, at the University System of Ohio’s Learning, Libraries & Technology Conference 2009.

Using examples from fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, YouTube and “the future,” this presentation will demonstrate the profound ways in which media are pervasive in our lives, mediating our relationships in ways we often do not recognize. Dr. Wesch will showcase and discuss his own attempts to leverage new media to create new forms of community and conversation to enhance learning and create a rich virtual learning environment. Visit the conference web site for more information about Dr. Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University, and his presentation.

Program Posted, Registration Open for Learning, Libraries and Technology Conference

Pre-conference workshop descriptions [PDF] and the preliminary program [PDF] as well as the registration form for the Learning, Libraries and Technology Conference have been posted to the conference website. Learning, Libraries & Technology 2009 is a learning and networking opportunity from the University System of Ohio with content of interest to everyone involved in Ohio education, including those from colleges and universities of all sizes, independent colleges, workforce development centers and high schools. Held at the Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio, the pre-conference Workshops will be on March 1, 2009 followed by the main conference on March 2-3, 2009.

Learning, Libraries & Technology 2009 Conference will be the tenth anniversary of Ohio’s premier higher education conference, previously known as the Ohio Digital Commons for Education Conference. Although the name might have changed, this year’s conference will deliver all the same great professional development and networking opportunities from past conferences, including keynote sessions, vendor exhibits and technology demonstrations. In order to attract as many people as possible to attend this special 10th anniversary conference, organizers are reducing conference fees to just $195 ($95 for students) for two-day registrations, and $95 ($55 for students) for one-day registrations.

Drupal as the Foundation of Ohio Textbook Portal

At the end of last month, the Ohio Board of Regents announced the University System of Ohio Textbook Portal. The service has been talked about in the media, in trade publications, and in numerous blog postings. Enough time has passed now that word has gotten out, and I won’t be taking any of the chancellor’s thunder about the project. I did the back-end development work for the portal and wrote this document as an introduction to the project for our development team and anyone else interested about the project.