Oct. 23, 2013

Geneseo releases open-access publications and leads SUNY initiative

Cyril Oberlander

Library Director Cyril Oberlander is the principal investigator and project editor for the Open SUNY Textbook Program. /FILE PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11

Two SUNY Geneseo faculty members released open-access publications this week – a textbook on learning the Chinese language and an essay on Bob Dylan, both accessible online free of charge to anyone. The release coincides with both International Open Access Week and the release of two publications from two other SUNY colleges developed through the Open SUNY Textbook Program, a collaboration among SUNY libraries and faculty members to develop free online textbooks.

Geneseo Library Director Cyril Oberlander is the principal investigator and project editor for the Open SUNY Textbook Program. The program was developed through a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant and library funding and draws upon the expertise of SUNY librarians and SUNY Press.

“It’s very gratifying to see all of these publications reach the virtual bookshelves, and the authors have my esteem,” said Oberlander. “We continue to work with other SUNY faculty members in the production of additional open-access textbooks in support of the Open SUNY initiative.”

The two Geneseo authors who each released their own textbooks online for all are Jasmine Tang, a lecturer in the Department of Languages and Literatures, and Eugene Stelzig, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English.

Tang published “Let’s Speak Chinese!,” which she has been using in her Chinese language course. Fifty-one students are enrolled this semester. The online version contains an audio feature that allows the student to listen to word pronunciations.

Stelzig published an essay he wrote about “Bob Dylan’s Career as a Blakean Visionary and Romantic,” which he wrote in 1976 for inclusion in a volume of scholarly essays on the musician. The volume was ultimately never published, but Stelzig has received numerous requests for it over the years.