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Publishing, Digital Projects, & Scholarship

Open SUNY OER ServicesOpenSUNY Textbooks and OpenSUNY OER Services

In response to the growing impact of Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption across SUNY, the Open SUNY Textbook (OST)/SUNY OER Services project is offering services to support wide faculty adoption of OER that can be effectively sustained, improved and shared, as well as delivered to students to give them the day-one access to course materials they need for academic success. Our OER services will continue to include supporting the development of new, original low-cost learning materials for SUNY students, using a financial model that any SUNY campus can easily join. These new and continuing services provide faculty with a common platform to remix, revise, reuse, redistribute, and retain openly-licensed content from any source, including their own original works.

SUNY OER Services is a scaled-up, networked, and sustainable approach to digital learning and publishing within the SUNY system, using curated OER content, faculty course supports, and instructional technology development and design.OpenSUNY Textbooks

Open SUNY Textbooks

Open SUNY Textbooks: Milne Library spearheaded the publication of SUNY-wide open textbooks. Authored and peer-reviewed by SUNY faculty and staff, these titles currently cover nine academic disciplines and are available free online.  These publications are available in .pdf, EPUB, and online/HTML format. Nearly 250,000 Open SUNY Textbooks have been downloaded worldwide, and have been incorporated into traditional classes, online classes, and MOOCs.

Milne Library PublishingMinerva, Milne Library Publishing

  • Genesee Valley Historical Reprints: This series highlights rare and locally significant titles in our Genesee Valley collection. These reprints of public domain titles offer the historical perspective of the Genesee Valley region through many genres and are available free online and through
  • Geneseo Authors: Debuted in the fall of 2013, Geneseo Authors highlights the scholarship and creativity of SUNY Geneseo faculty and alumni. These titles are also available free online and through


The Proceedings of Great DayThe Proceedings of Great Day

Established in 2009,  The Proceedings of Great Day journal compiles and publishes promising student work presented at SUNY Geneseo's GREAT Day symposium. The projects, presentations, and research included here represent the academic rigor, multidisciplinary study, and unique creativity of the students taking part in the SUNY Geneseo GREAT Day symposium.

Digital Thoreau

  • Digital Thoreau. Digital Thoreau is a collaborative project of the State University of New York at GeneseoDigital Thoreau, The Thoreau Society, and The Walden Woods Project.
  • Walden: A Fluid-Text Edition. Ronald E. Clapper's magisterial 1967 dissertation, The Development of Walden: A Genetic Text (UCLA, 1967), has long been indispensable to Thoreau scholars for its insights into Thoreau's writing process, as evidenced by the original Walden manuscript (HM 924) at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. Key to Clapper's Genetic Text is the idea that Walden's ten-year writing period could be divided into seven different chronological stages, or versions. Students in Professor Paul Schacht's Literature in the Digital Age class along with  Milne Library's Technical Services department encoded the Digital Thoreau Fluid Text Projecttext of Professor Clapper's dissertation into TEI XML, and utilizing web-based tool called the Versioning Machine, published a fluid text edition of Walden which allows readers to read its full text at any of these identified stages of development.
  • The Readers' Thoreau. Funded by a SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant, The Readers' Thoreau is a digital edition of Walden by Henry David Thoreau, embedded inside a social network where people can attach comments to the text, and reply to them.

Student Collaborative Projects, Digital Collections, & Publications

  • Open Valley - view of Hogsback ridge in Letchworth State ParkOpenValley - History, Ecology, and Geography of the Genesee Valley - The Highbanks section of Letchworth State Park is one of the Genesee Valley's natural beauties. Looking out across the river, it's not just the breadth of the landscape that amazes but what you might call the depth of time. Trying to think about our area's past and its ecology together is the goal of OpenValley; it uses archival materials to create historical exhibits with a contemporary focus on sustainability.
  • Livingston County Historical Society. Local History and Material Culture in Livingston County, NY is an Omeka website in progress created for use by Professor. Catherine Adams' HIST 221 (Research in History) students, for cataloging, describing, contextualizing, and exhibiting objects, images, and documents relating to the historical material culture of the area surrounding SUNY Geneseo. Omeka, an open source web-publishing platform, offers students a wide range of options for presenting their research products, well beyond the traditional research paper or in-class presentation. In the project's first semester (fall 2013), students worked closely with Adams, as well as with Milnes special collections librarian, information technology professionals, and Livingston County Museum staff to add items and create an exhibit focusing on the Craig Colony for Epileptics in Sonyea, NY. Additional items and exhibits will be added each semester that Adams' HIST 221 course is taught.
  • Geneseo Geosciences Collection Geneseo Geosciences Collection. Geneseo's Geoscience department has an extensive collection of rock and mineral samples used in teaching. The Geneseo Geoscience Collection is an ongoing project to catalog and describe the items in this collection. Initial work on the project was completed by directed study student Amanda Lanik, and geology majors have added to the online catalog over the past two years.  While the site can serve as a finding aid for rock and mineral samples, students have also added extensive metadata and references to the geological literature. As a result, the Geneseo Geosciences Collection can be used as a starting place for research on the items in the collection.
  • NaRMo. "A word-hoard of book reviews."  SUNY Geneseo was proud to launch their first ever National Book Review Month: a chance for each of us to share what we've been reading, and what we recommend. Perhaps you have been meaning to review a book or send out a review, and this will Gandy Dancer - SUNY Geneseo Literary Magazinejog your elbow. At a time when we as writers and readers want more review space, we hope NaRMo can become a window onto worlds of books.
  • Gandy Dancer. SUNY Geneseo Literary Magazine. Available online and in print, publishing fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art. We invite student writers and artists from all SUNY campuses to submit. Edited by a rotating staff of students at SUNY Geneseo, Gandy Dancer is published twice yearly.