New Research Resources: SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library Announces Official Launch of OASIS, an OER Search Tool (155,000 Records From 52 Sources)
Congrats and kudos to the Milne Library for developing and providing access to OASIS!
From the Milne Library Website:
Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo is excited to share with you an OER search tool that we have developed called OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search). We have gathered more than 155,000+ records from 52 different sources that have been carefully selected in collaboration with SUNY OER Services.
Some of the features of OASIS include the ability to limit search results by license, type, subject, source, and reviews available.
OASIS was co-developed by Ben Rawlins, director of Milne Library, and Bill Jones ’09, ’11, digital resources and systems librarian at SUNY Geneseo.
“One of the fundamental ideas behind OER is creating better and equal access to course materials for students,” said Rawlins. “The benefit of OASIS is that faculty can now find different types of OER all in one place using this search tool, with nearly all materials being in the public domain or openly licensed. Before, we would have to point faculty to the individual search tools from each source that are all now listed in OASIS.”
OASIS also offers an embeddable search widget. “We created a freely available search widget that institutions and libraries can use and embed on their web pages to enhance the discovery of OER locally,” said Jones.
Since its soft launch in mid-July, OASIS has shown promise in reaching 396 users from 24 states and generating nearly 7,000 page views over close to 800 sessions.
Rawlins and Jones will present on OASIS at the 2018 Access Conference in Hamilton, Ontario, Oct. 10 through 12. Conference attendees include librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers focused on leading-edge library technologies.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.