Teachers never know what will trigger significant change. For this presenter, the catalyst to change was OpenEd 2012 in Vancouver. While Open Ed ?12 initiated significant change in an academic library?s approach to affordable learning solutions, collections, staffing, and space, it also caused a deeper look at what libraries are, or are not, doing to support Open Ed.
In ?The Inevitability of Open Access? (C&RL, September 2012), David Lewis acknowledges the potentially disruptive impacts of open access uptake on library collections budgets. He concludes that ?we should do everything we can to encourage and support its growth, because in the end it is a disruption whose success will make our world better? (504). Indeed, librarians have led the world in creating open content commons through the Hathi Trust and OpenLibrary. With library support, tools and directories like Sherpa/RoMEO and the DOAJ have been created that inform open content policies. Librarians have also helped shape the legal and policy frameworks that support open content, including Creative Commons, Science Commons, and the open access mandates of research funding bodies. Librarians have built hundreds of robust open content repositories, and are active in creating new models of open library access, such as the Digital Public Library of America. At a time when our budgets are strained and constricting, where we are losing our battles against publishers for access to ebooks and vendors are increasing their costs unpredictably and copyright battles weigh on campuses, libraries, and scholars, the Open movement is a beacon of hope for librarians.
But what obstructs libraries? deeper involvement in Open Ed? Why are many of the tools and repositories librarians played such a key role in creating remaining isolated from our core collections? Why is the open ethos absent from our core visions? Open content results in a tectonic shift for libraries not only in terms of collections but because truly embracing OER demands a the reconceptualization instructional services, reference services, outreach, digital scholarship, data curation and data services, and more.
This presentation will discuss these themes as well as highlight the steps one public, polytechnic university is braving to take by reimagining collections, spaces, staffing, resources, and partnerships. We will also explore specific strategies for deconstructing barriers and the results of those efforts. Rome wasn?t built in a day?this presentation will show what an Open Education program looks like one year to the day from its inception.