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Author: Nicole Hernandez (Research Commons Associate, University Libraries) (page 1 of 4)

2 Million In-Copyright Books Opened for The Ohio State University By HathiTrust

HathiTrust has opened emergency temporary access to copyrighted materials in their digital library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections. Books available through HathiTrust which are also in The Ohio State University Libraries collections have been made available online without the additional step of requesting a digital scan. This action from HathiTrust allows digital access to nearly two millions volumes, corresponding to approximately 46% of the printer collection held at Ohio State.

To take advantage of this resource:

  1. Visit and click the yellow “LOG IN” button.
  2. Select “The Ohio State University” and log in using your university credentials.
  3. Use the site to locate the item you wish to view.
  4. Click on the Temporary Access link at the bottom of the record to check out the item through the Emergency Temporary Access Service.

Users will have 60 minutes of access to the book during a session. If you remain active in the book during a session, access time will be extended. Users are not permitted to download a book in any way and may only read materials online in an active session while using HathiTrust in order to protect the author’s rights. More information on accessing the materials is available in their Information for Users and FAQs for students, faculty and staff

The Emergency Temporary Access Service will be available to members of our campus community for as long as University Libraries facilities are closed and circulation of print materials is suspended.

Ohio State Online: Utilizing the University’s Remote Resources Part 2

This post is a follow-up to a previous post on Ohio State University’s online resources. The previous post focused on resources available through the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). This post will focus on resources available through The Office of Distance Education and E-Learning (ODEE). 

As classes and meetings migrate online, people across campus are operating from the University’s two main online collaboration tools, CarmenZoom and CarmenCanvas. These tools are operated and managed by The Office of Distance Education and E-learning (ODEE).  ODEE has a support page for CarmenZoom and a support page for CarmenCanvas. Navigate to the support pages to view video guides, submit service tickets, or directly contact ODEE IT support. There are amazing resources available for these two services, and as the backbone of Ohio State online operations for both student, staff, and faculty alike, I encourage everyone to become familiar with them as they continue through the semester.

Online Recording and Video Hosting

With an increasing number of lectures and meetings being hosted online, there is a unique opportunity to make lecture capture easier than ever. Through ODEE’s Mediasite Desktop Recorder you can make a recording of anything on your screen including your general desktop, videos, or meetings through other applications.

While CarmenZoom also offers a recording feature, recordings through that service are only available in cloud storage for 180 days before automatic deletion. You can download the files before the end date, but this make keeping a large archive of lecture recordings more difficult. However, Mediasite offers video hosting as well as recording, meaning that the videos you record are stored on the site indefinitely, and  you can share the videos with others through an easy sharable link.

For those who love the recording options of CarmenZoom but are also interested in the video hosting ability of Mediasite, there is now the option to combine the two. Videos recorded and downloaded from Carmenzoom can be reuploaded into Mediasite for hosting or archive purposes. This is also true for any video file from another source such as a camera or movie file.

You can explore more options of Mediasite on ODEE’s support page.

Additional Resources

For everyone unused to teaching/learning in a remote capacity, I recommend that you take an in-depth look at the additional services and resources that ODEE offers for online instruction. Below I have provided a quick summery of some of the more popular services

Online Course Design: ODEE has experts in digital learning and host many articles and guides that can help instructors make their content more suited to the online environment. 

Secured Media Library: Available to faculty is ODEE’s Secured Media Library. Through this service, instructors can assign various movies, documentaries, and other media to their students free of charge. With physical class time suspended for the remainder of the semester, it has become even more difficult to show video resources in class. For faculty interested in providing this service to students, please see the resource guide.

Digital Books: Aligned with Ohio State’s Digital Flagship, ODEE has started a program called Book Launch to allow instructors the ability to create interactive online textbooks that can be provided to students. 

Examsoft: Finals week is approaching, and ODEE provides instructors extensive exam creation and delivery services through the software Examsoft. Everything from initial creation to final grading can be done entirely online and is a powerful resource to consider in remote learning. 

Top Hat: Top Hat is a 3rd party software provided through ODEE which allows instructors to provide an interactive lecture experience to their students. Everything from attendance tracking, lecture updates, question polls, student discussions, and general CarmenCanvas integration can be done through the service. This is a powerful tool that had its uses with in person classes, but is now extremely beneficial for faculty hosting online courses. Visit the online resource page for more information on the software, and how to integrate it into your course. 

Written by Brian Frueh, Research Commons IT Specialist

Ohio State Online: Utilizing the University’s Remote Resources Part 1

With the State of Ohio Stay at Home order, due to the spread of COVID-19, many people who have never worked remotely are now finding themselves working from home. Naturally, this includes our fellow buckeyes here at Ohio State, with faculty, staff, and students moving online to perform their work from home, or attending class from a distance. I am here today to discuss a few technologies and services offered through the university to keep in mind during this remote period.    

Adobe Creative Cloud is Free to Students Until May 31

Adobe creative software is now available free of charge for Ohio State students for the remainder of the semester. If any student needs Adobe software to complete pending assignments, projects, or if they just want to test out software that is normally available in the Research Commons Computer Lab, then they will need to submit a service ticket to the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) Adobe administrator to request this extension.

You can submit a request with online with your Ohio State login credentials. 

Make sure to be as detailed in your request as possible, being sure that you mention the temporary license extension offered through Adobe and linked through OCIO’s website. 

You can visit OCIO’s complete list of available software on their website. 

Additional Software Options for Students

Until campus facilities reopen, all major computer labs are not available. Many students relied on these labs to access specialized software, and without access some students might struggle to find alternatives for completing their assignments. However, there are many lab-offered software packages available to students at low or no cost. This can include mainstay programs like Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, STATA, and SPSS. If you are working remotely and missing the software to complete your work, then I suggest taking a look at the OCIO software page to browse their collection.

This time of distant learning is the perfect opportunity to explore the remote software resources that our University has to offer. Even if there is not a software that you currently use, you may be surprised at what offerings are available to students.

Written by Brian Frueh, Research Commons IT Specialist, University Libraries

The Ohio State University Press Opens Up Access to Monographs, Textbook, and Journals for Duration of COVID-19 Crisis

In an effort to support instructors and students in a seamless transition to remote learning arrangements and support its mission to disseminate top-quality, globally relevant scholarship across the humanities and social sciences, The Ohio State University Press has opened up access to all scholarly monographs, its six scholarly journals and its Language Files linguistics textbook, now in its twelfth edition and widely adopted across the world. The monographs and Language Files will be open and free to use through the Knowledge Bank, The Ohio State University’s institutional repository, at

The Ohio State University Press journals Adoption & Culture and North American Journal of Celtic Studies are available on JSTORNarrative, American Periodicals: A Journal of History and CriticismInks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, and Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature are on Project MUSE. All materials will remain open through the end of the summer or until colleges and universities are able to resume normal operations.

“The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to the global scholarly ecosystem and its institutions. This move is our way of easing the burden on students and instructors so that they can continue research and coursework as smoothly as possible, as well as to honor the work of our authors in making their research available when the world needs nuanced and rigorous scholarship the most.” 

-Tony Sanfilippo, University Press Director

Questions can be directed to Samara Rafert, Publicist, The Ohio State University Press at or by calling 614-292-4713.

Celebrate Fair Use with University Libraries: Using Copyrighted Works Legally and Confidently

Copyright law protects many different types of creative works, including books, articles, blogs, videos, music, pictures, architecture, and even choreography. Authors and creators are given certain exclusive rights in the creative works they create. But fair use is an important limit on those exclusive rights; a fair use of a work is not considered a copyright infringement.

Fair use makes it possible for students to copy, critique, adapt, and share copyrighted works, inside and outside of the classroom, without having to seek permission from the copyright owner.

What makes a use a fair use? To determine if a use is a fair use, you must consider the following factors:

  1. Purpose and character of the use;
  2. Nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. Amount and sustantiality of the portion used; and
  4. Effect of the use on the market of the copyrighted work.

Join University Libraries on Thursday, February 27 at the Research Commons to learn more about the four fair use factors and your rights under the law. This event is offered as part of Fair Use Week. Attendees will have the opportunity to work through a fair use analysis while making their own creative work using materials from the Ohio State Libraries’ collections.

Register for the Bringing Fair Use to Life workshop at the Research Commons:

Written by Maria Scheid, Public Services Coordinator at Copyright Services, The Ohio State University Libraries.

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