Month: October 2021

Digital Commons OA Collection

Yesterday we discussed graduate students’ options for publishing OA and CC licensed works on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, but this isn’t the only group of husky authors that go the extra mile to make their work accessible and reusable at no cost to the public – numerous members of the Michigan Tech community do!

The Open Educational Resources collection on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech highlights a variety of faculty, staff, and student works that were published on the repository or through 3rd party publishers that are available full-text to the world. In only the last month, these works have been downloaded over 25,000 times from 150 different countries, showing the vast reach that open scholarship has. View the complete Digital Commons Readership Dashboard for these works here.

CC Licenses and ETDs

Many academic institutions maintain an institutional repository. These repositories increase access to the scholarly work produced by their community by gathering it in one online location and providing the public with no-cost full-text downloads to the extent possible under copyright law. Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, Michigan Technological University’s institutional repository, has published master’s reports, master’s theses, and dissertations (ETDS) since 2013. The graduate student authors of these works have the option to make their works available Open Access (OA) for free. To date the repository features over 1,800 OA ETDs which would otherwise exist behind a publisher’s subscription paywall unless the author paid a fee. 

New this year, students that opt to publish their work OA will also have the option to apply a Creative Commons (CC) license to the work. These free, standardized licenses allow authors to explicitly state how and under what conditions their copyright-protected works may, or may not, be used by others. Works with a CC license are still protected by U.S. copyright laws and authors retain their copyright. The addition of the Creative Commons license option provides graduate student authors with a simple way to control the reuse of their work. Additionally, all six CC licenses require attribution to the original author, ensuring ethical standards in publishing are maintained. The six CC licenses available to Michigan Tech graduate students can be viewed here: For more information on copyright and licensing in relation to master’s reports, master’s theses, and dissertations, see the Van Pelt and Opie Library’s guide here: 

Check out the entire collection of Michigan Tech’s ETDS on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech here: 

Publishing OA – interested in getting started in OA?

The goal of Open Science, making the results of research freely accessible to all, leads naturally to an open access publishing model. Today there are many ways to share research findings and supporting data. Repositories, whether based on discipline or university affiliation, have long played a significant role in providing access to scholarly articles prior to their final publication or as homes to open books, data, or models. Open access publishers and their journals have gained credibility and publish many highly cited articles. And an increasing number of subscription-based publishers offer OA publishing options in their journals.
See our Open Access guide ( or contact library for more information.

Open Access Week – Open Science

Open Science is not new. In fact it may be older than you think. The concept of sharing scientific knowledge can be traced to 17th century Europe, where the demand for shared knowledge and discoveries was so great it gave birth to scholarly societies and academic journals. Built on the notion that scientific research best benefits humanity when shared, open science encourages free or open access to the processes and products of research. This may include open peer review, methodology, tools, research results, data, and subsequent education tools.

Michigan Tech is no stranger to the principles of Open Science. The University hosts the Astrophysics Source Code Library ( and Michigan Tech Open Source Hardware initiative ( In the last five years at least 1450 scientific articles have been published open access by Michigan Tech faculty and researchers. And the university’s repository, Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech continues to grow its collections of OA works.

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Open Access Week 2021

The 2021 Open Access Week Advisory Committee chose the theme “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” OA week is October 25-31 this year and to celebrate, the library is sharing a series of posts related to this theme. Today, we share with you part of the Advisory committee’s discussion of the theme itself:

“This year’s theme intentionally aligns with the recently released UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, of which Open Access is a crucial component. Circulated in draft form following discussion by representatives of UNESCO’s 193 member countries, the Recommendation powerfully articulates and centers the importance of equity in pursuing a future for scholarship that is open by default.

Open Science should embrace a diversity of knowledge, practices, workflows, languages, research outputs and research topics that support the needs and epistemic pluralism of the scientific community as a whole, diverse research communities and scholars, as well as the wider public and knowledge holders beyond the traditional scientific community, including Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and social actors from different countries and regions, as appropriate. (UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, Page 7)”

Read the entire discussion of this year’s theme on the OA Week blog here: 

Tomorrow we’ll explore exactly what the term Open Science means and why it’s important for an institution like Michigan Technological University. 

Erin Matas Named Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow

Erin Matas, Director of the Van Pelt and Opie Library

Library Director Erin Matas is one of 20 information professionals selected from the U.S. and Canada to join the 2021-22 ARL Leadership Fellows cohort. The ARL Leadership Fellowship develops and prepares the next generation of senior library and archival leaders. Past Leadership Fellows have emerged as successful leaders in a wide array of roles and settings, including as deans and directors of leading research libraries and archives.

“I am thrilled to join this cohort because of the impact that the program’s goals will have on my approach to library leadership,” says Matas. “ARL’s priority is to advance scholarship through systemic changes at the intersections of public policy, institutional policy and the ever-changing landscape of how we research, teach and learn. This program is an exceptional opportunity for library leaders to join these conversations and bring important guidance to their home institutions.”

In their press release, ARL shared that the 2021-22 cohort brings together an immensely diverse and highly accomplished group of library leaders, representing the broadest range of research institutions and communities since the program began in 2004.

Provost Jackie Huntoon noted that Michigan Tech is proud to have a representative in the 2021-22 cohort of ARL Leadership Fellows. “Matas’ outstanding contributions on campus and beyond have clearly contributed to her selection. By participating as a Fellow, Erin will be able to continue to grow as a library professional and contribute her knowledge of best practices to the Michigan Tech community.”

Matas has been the director of the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library since August 2020 and is also a graduate student in the Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors department.

“Irish by Invironment”*

The East Reading Room • October 14th, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

A presentation and interactive discussion with John Haeussler, sharing his research on local hockey players who made it big with Notre Dame in the early 1900s.
When Notre Dame played its first informal hockey game in 1912, a student from Calumet was one of the stars. When the Irish began intercollegiate play in 1921, their roster featured three more Calumet High School alums.

ND’s first intercollegiate game was at the Amphidrome in Houghton; its first intercollegiate win at the Colosseum in Calumet.

In this 100th anniversary year, this presentation highlights the Copper Country’s contributions to Notre Dame Hockey’s formative years.
John Haeussler has authored or co-authored two books on Hancock history. His current project is a biography of Bill Gray, the first Calumet High School alumnus to star at Notre Dame.

*The University of Notre Dame Football Review 1921, quoting legendary ND coach Knute Rockne, had this to say about Calumet’s Hunk Anderson and Ojay Larson: “Neither is of Celtic origin but as Rockne puts it, ‘they are Irish by invironment.’”

Image courtesy of Jim Bognar.