The Academic Library in Times of Change

Evolving roles for librarians and sustaining value through OER initiatives

April 15, 2018
12:30  -  1:30
Blue Room

Session Category :  Engaging in Practice 

Free and equal access to information is one of the tenets of librarianship, and increasingly librarians are not just involved in Open Educational Resource (OER) initiatives, but are often leading affordable learning projects campus-wide. This has given librarians an opportunity for deeper collaboration with faculty to support curriculum directly with library resources and services.

The presenters will lead an interactive discussion on the epiphany they reached while leading OER workshops: teaching faculty often lack basic information literacy skills! Who can blame them? Copyright is complicated, discovery tools can be confusing, and ebook platforms are cumbersome to use. This collaboration between faculty and librarians has provided an opportunity to explore new roles for librarians in curriculum development, instructional design as well as more authentic integration of information literacy throughout the course. The presenters will also explore the implications and sustainability of these new roles for liaison librarians.