Digital Art: October’s Oil Paintings, Oil Pastel Drawings, Pastel Drawings, and Pen and Ink Drawings

In October, I transformed photos into oil paintings, oil pastel drawings, pastel drawings, and pen and ink drawings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size download images (typically 8 x 10 in. or 8 x 12 in.) and descriptions of the processing steps involved are freely available on Flickr. The images are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

Digital Oil Painting of a Rose Floating in Water

Digital Pastel Drawing of Sandhill Cranes

Digital Pen and Ink Drawing of an Astronomer

Digital Oil Pastel Drawing of Arrow Lake

Digital Oil Pastel Drawing of White Sands

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Library System Coordinator at University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is recruiting a Library System Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Library Technology and the Five Colleges Librarians Council through the Dean of Libraries, the Library System Coordinator position leads the management and ongoing utilization of the Five Colleges' library software platform, related projects and auxiliary services. Working with the UMass Amherst Libraries DRMS Unit and Systems & Library Technology Services Department staff, the primary library system contact(s) at each of the member libraries, the FOLIO Implementation Team, and the Five Colleges functional committees, the Coordinator facilitates communication and project efforts among the libraries and within the shared FOLIO system.

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"On the Value of Preprints: An Early Career Researcher Perspective"

Sarvenaz Sarabipour et al. have published "On the Value of Preprints: An Early Career Researcher Perspective" in PeerJ Preprints.

Here's an excerpt:

Peer-reviewed journal publication is the main means for academic researchers in the life sciences to create a permanent, public record of their work. These publications are also the de facto currency for career progress, with a strong link between journal brand recognition and perceived value. The current peer-review process can lead to long delays between submission and publication, with cycles of rejection, revision and resubmission causing redundant peer review. This situation creates unique challenges for early career researchers (ECRs), who rely heavily on timely publication of their work to gain recognition for their efforts. ECRs face changes in the academic landscape including the increased interdisciplinarity of life sciences research, expansion of the researcher population and consequent shifts in employer and funding demands. The publication of preprints, publicly available scientific manuscripts posted on dedicated preprint servers prior to journal managed peer-review, can play a key role in addressing these ECR challenges. Preprinting benefits include rapid dissemination of academic work, open access, establishing priority or concurrence, receiving feedback and facilitating collaborations. While there is a growing appreciation for and adoption of preprints, a minority of all articles in life sciences and medicine are preprinted. The current low rate of preprint submissions in life sciences and ECR concerns regarding preprinting needs to be addressed. We provide a perspective from an interdisciplinary group of early career researchers on the value of preprints and advocate the wide adoption of preprints to advance knowledge and facilitate career development.

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Dean, University Libraries at University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland, College Park is recruiting a Dean, University Libraries.

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The University of Maryland seeks candidates who are committed to building a great university library acknowledged on the regional, national, and international stage. We seek candidates who can leverage our considerable academic strengths as a major research university, the unique advantages offered by our location, and our overriding commitment to excellence in education and research. The successful candidate must be dynamic, strategic, entrepreneurial, and innovative in recognizing and exploiting opportunities as well as in identifying and overcoming constraints.

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"Barriers, Incentives, and Benefits of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement: An Exploration into Instructor Perspectives"

Serena Henderson and Nathaniel Ostashewski have published "Barriers, Incentives, and Benefits of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement: An Exploration into Instructor Perspectives" in First Monday.

Here's an excerpt:

The purpose of this research was to replicate and extend Kursun, Cagiltay, and Can's (2014) Turkish study to include international participants. Kursun, et al. surveyed OpenCourseWare (OCW) faculty on their perceptions of OER barriers, incentives, and benefits. Through replication, these findings provide a glimpse into the reality of the international educators' perceptions of barriers, incentives, and benefits of OER use to assist in the creation of practical solutions and actions for both policy makers and educators alike. The results of this replication study indicate that barriers to OER include institutional policy, lack of incentives, and a need for more support and education in the creating, using, and sharing of instructional materials. A major benefit to OER identified by educators is the continued collegial atmosphere of sharing and lifelong learning.

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