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The Role of Librarians in OER Adoption and Use [clear filter]
Friday, November 4

10:30am EDT

OER Advocacy and Adoption in Utah Libraries
With the rapid expansion of OER, Libraries need to become intrinsically integrated into the open education movement. In the state of Utah the role of libraries advocating for and supporting OER adoption and application takes multiple forms. One advocacy project that embodies this shift in the attitudes of Libraries is the ILEAD (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover) project "Utah OER". ILEAD is an initiative designed to help librarians understand and respond to user needs through the implementation of participatory technology tools. "Utah OER" is a cross-institution collaboration exploring librarians' unique authority to utilize their expertise with information literacy, academic support, and advocacy to promote the finding and use of open access academic materials through the "Utah OER" advocacy website and additional resources. At a higher level in Utah, the Utah Academic Libraries Consortium (UALC) is discussing the role of libraries in OER adoption and application. This consortia level of support for OER in Utah activates conversations considering Library roles of leadership and advocacy. As a member of UALC, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Libraries are examining their role with OER and the UALC initiatives around OER. The academic libraries in Utah have a variety of roles in implementing and assisting in the use of OER. Some libraries are on the vanguard of OER on their campus, others are merely supporting the larger work schools have already done. This presentation will examine these varying levels of roles libraries in Utah that have advocated and supported for OER adoption and application as well as address the pitfalls/barriers involved with such efforts.


Zach Allred

Salt Lake Community College Libraries

Friday November 4, 2016 10:30am - 10:55am EDT

10:55am EDT

But What About The College Store? The Impact of Textbook Affordability Projects
When academic librarians gather to share information about textbook affordability initiatives, the college bookstore position is invariably debated. That conversation is typically more about uncertainty than a concrete understanding of the relationship between the library, campus OER partners and the college bookstore. It is also the case that this relationship is shaped by the nature of the institution and how the college store is operated. Some of the frequently heard issues are;

- How will the college store react to a campus textbook affordability initiative

- Will the college store share information about textbooks and data on student textbook purchasing

- How will an affordability initiative impact the revenue a college store contributes to the institution

- Does it make a difference if the college store is run by the institution or outsourced to a for-profit retailer

- Can the college store be a partner in the OER initiative, and if so, what role can the bookstore play

- Why do some OER project leaders report productive relationships with college store managers while others report frustration and lack of progress.

The volume of questions with few answers suggests higher education needs to better understand what happens when an institution launches a textbook affordability project, and how that impacts the college store and its response. This presentation is based on a survey of academic libraries and college stores that have initiated some form of textbook affordability project that leverages OER and open textbooks.

The desired outcome of the survey research is to gain more information about what happens to the relationship between the library and the college store when the library is advocating for and leading a textbook affordability initiative. To what extent do academic librarians and college store managers demonstrate concerns about their relationship, and under what circumstances do textbook affordability initiatives encounter barriers because of opposition from a college store or owing to perceived concerns about how it will impact the store?

In addition to adding more clarity to our understanding of the relationship between the college store and other campus participants in a textbook affordability project, this presentation will offer some recommendations for best practices in bringing the college store into the project to facilitate a partnership, rather than raising the potential for conflict. In its "Learning Ecosystem" analysis The National Association for College Stores recommends in "deciding what's best, administrators, campus store leaders, IT, libraries, and faculty should work together to come up with a recommendation" for a learning content delivery model. This raises the prospect that the nature of the campus store is evolving from a past focus on selling textbooks to playing a larger role in the academic success of college students so that they are retained and persist to graduation.

A wise bookstore manager said that if students fail to persist and dropout, that's one less student to buy goods at the college store. We all have a common goal in retaining our students and helping them persist to graduation.


Friday November 4, 2016 10:55am - 11:20am EDT

11:30am EDT

LOUISiana OER Faculty Survey: Librarians opening doors
We know from the literature on open educational resources that faculty awareness and institutional support are two barriers to widespread adoption, addressing these issues through trusted library networks is one strategy to impact change. Libraries are natural partners as they are already positioned to support all areas of the curriculum in higher-education. They have expertise in the subject areas they support, such that they can identify, vet, and thereby reduce the sometimes overwhelming number of materials that faculty consider for course adoption. Libraries have already demonstrated their excellence as a profession in this area through their support of materials for online education. With this new role promoting OER, libraries continue what they've always done in building quality collections, but now expanded to materials for the classroom, and with an eye for adopting a price agnostic approach. To support this work, LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network surveyed faculty across the state over a two month period in 2016 to assist with developing the program goals and initiatives of their Affordable Learning LOUISiana project. Over 700 faculty participated in the survey, representing two & four year and public & private institutions of higher education. Faculty shared their perceptions of the suitability of OER for their courses, their levels of concern for textbook affordability, and provided insight into what strategies would persuade them to include OER in their courses. In addition to sharing results from this survey, a general discussion of how these results influenced the design of a program for library advocacy will be discussed. Topics covered will be aligning educational programming for librarians to build capacity on campuses, investigating library sponsored programming that directly engages faculty and instructional support staff, leveraging Open Access and Open Education Weeks, as well as developing partnerships and best practices within the library community.


Teri Gallaway

LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network

Friday November 4, 2016 11:30am - 11:55am EDT

2:15pm EDT

A Library Consortial Approach to Facilitating OER Adoptions
In April 2015 the Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) Directors Council hosted David Ernst, Director of the Open Textbook Network (OTN), at its spring meeting to learn more about OTN and the resources of the Open Textbook Library. His visit spurred UALC members Brigham Young University-Lee Library and the University of Utah-Marriott Library to join OTN as institutional members and later for UALC to join as a consortial member.

To create a broader conversation around open textbooks and OER among the state's academic librarians and interested faculty and students, UALC adapted a successful two-day workshop template developed by Texas A&M University for the Southeastern Conference. Financial constraints and a desire to hold this workshop during the middle of the academic semester with student and teaching faculty participation made a one-day workshop more viable. Working with SPARC's Nicole Allen, UALC workshop planners devised a one-day workshop hosted by Brigham Young University (BYU) to which 3-5-person teams were invited from each member school. During the October 2015 workshop, teams were guided through a process that resulted in at least the creation of a local skeleton plan for coordinated and strategic action related to advancing open textbook adoptions.

As teams reported out, it became clear that a common part of most local plans was the creation and administration of a baseline survey to determine local awareness of and attitudes toward open textbooks among students and faculty. Members of BYU's OER Research Group offered to devise a survey which could be administered by each institution for the purpose of providing local data and a comparable statewide data set. In January 2016, participating institutions began administering the survey to selected faculty and students. Due to local IRB requirements and surveys that had been previously scheduled for administration, some institutions were not able to participate until fall 2016. Analysis of this data indicates differences in awareness and attitude across the various institutions, strongly suggesting that a one-size-fits-all approach to facilitating open textbook adoptions would not be optimal.

In addition to the survey, UALC worked with OTN to develop a train-the-trainer model in place of its one-day on-campus faculty workshops to enhance creation of a state-wide knowledge base among academic librarians. UALC formed an OER Committee to create a mechanism for Utah's academic librarians to exchange information, to identify other sources of appropriate training for the state's academic librarians, and to develop and utilize best practices in their individual settings. The OER Committee also provides statewide coordination for events such as OER Week, long-term maintenance of a Utah OER website, training opportunities for librarians, faculty, and students, and other relevant activities.

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Jennifer Paustenbaugh

University Librarian, Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library
I was appointed University Librarian in March 2013. I'm interested in patron-centered services and spaces, deep collaboration, and innovative uses of technology in GLAM settings that facilitate those things as well as help make collections optimally discovered and accessed.

Friday November 4, 2016 2:15pm - 2:40pm EDT

2:40pm EDT

A Bottom-Up, Data-Driven Approach to Encouraging OER Adoption
The Lee Library at Brigham Young University initiated separate surveys of faculty and upper division undergraduate students to gauge attitudes toward open textbooks as well as to ascertain the impact of textbook cost on students' decisions to register for courses and purchase required or recommended textbooks. The study highlighted some intriguing perceptions and feelings about student textbook costs and faculty perceptions of the same.

Students report that they would use the savings that open textbooks afford them to meet personal financial needs including housing, healthy eating choices, and savings. The students report postponing, avoiding, or dropping certain courses because of textbook prices. Perhaps most significantly, registering for or completing fewer courses because of textbook costs causes students to delay graduation and can add to the overall expense of an education. The aggregated influence of approximately one-fifth of all students taking fewer courses because of textbook costs can be significant. The fact that over one third of the students actually select specific sections of a course because of textbook costs is interesting because it implies that textbook cost is a larger barrier than is often discussed or acknowledged.

Although most faculty respondents indicated that they know the price of textbooks they assigned, more than two thirds were not aware of OER alternatives. When presented with a description of open textbooks, more than half indicated that they would appreciate help learning more and 91% said they would be willing to use a suitable, open alternative. Faculty motivation for adopting OER included a desire to help alleviate costs to students but also to encourage students to have access to updated content. Although the barriers of adopting OER are high, faculty who are aware may be willing to invest themselves in adopting OER with the proper institutional training and support.

In the absence of an administrative directive or institutional policy to consider the affordability of course materials, the library formed a partnership with university's Student Advisory Council, the Center for Teaching & Learning, the Copyright Licensing Office, the BYU Store, and the the Student Center for Financial Management and Planning to raise awareness and to help find solutions that support faculty efforts to adopt or create open textbooks. Utilizing the results of the two surveys, a variety of strategies were implemented included determining the textbook affordability landscape on campus and highlighting best practices involving existing or new adoptions of open textbooks; instituting a donor-funded pilot project to assist with converting materials in existing courses from commercial to open textbooks; educational campaigns focused on informing students of the financial benefits of using OER; training and using subject librarians, who already have established relationships of trust with faculty around campus, on resources that support the creation and use of disciplinary-based OER; and engaging and training students-especially student leaders-to become more informed and articulate consumers of the resources that support their classroom learning experiences.

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Jennifer Paustenbaugh

University Librarian, Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library
I was appointed University Librarian in March 2013. I'm interested in patron-centered services and spaces, deep collaboration, and innovative uses of technology in GLAM settings that facilitate those things as well as help make collections optimally discovered and accessed.

Friday November 4, 2016 2:40pm - 3:05pm EDT

3:15pm EDT

Pathways: Facilitating an Online OER Training Course for Faculty
The Z-degree at Tidewater Community College was the nation's first zero textbook associate's degree. Additional Z-degrees and courses have since been developed and continue to expand to community colleges across Virginia. Faculty who would like to teach a Z-degree course at TCC are required to complete a 6-week online training course called Pathways. Pathways was developed by a member of the TCC business faculty, and introduces faculty to core concepts in open access and the use of open educational resources. One of the ways that TCC librarians support OER efforts at our institution is by facilitating these online Pathways courses.

Attendees at this session will learn about Pathways content and structure, and the challenges and successes of librarian-led faculty OER training. Presenters will discuss the development of library involvement with Pathways, and will highlight their experiences working with teaching faculty and other academic partners to support OER adoption.

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Olivia Reinauer

Reference Librarian, Tidewater Community College
Olivia Reinauer is a Reference Librarian at Tidewater Community College. Her professional interests include OER, library instruction, instructional design, outreach, assessment, and user experience.

Friday November 4, 2016 3:15pm - 3:40pm EDT

3:40pm EDT

What Libraries are Doing Regarding OER and Affordable Course Content: A Summary of Findings from the ARL SPEC Kit
In July 2016 the Association of Research Libraries published a SPEC Kit Survey on Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources. The purpose of this survey was to determine the degree to which ARL member institutions are engaged in ACC/OER advocacy, support, and development. The survey is designed to gather information on ACC/OER initiatives at the institutional level and the role of the library in these initiatives. It examines initiatives' origins, implementation, governance, and funding, incentives for faculty participation, and the types of affordable/open course content that have been developed. It also explores library support of ACC/OER activities with staffing and services. The results of this survey can inform senior library decision-makers who are considering new or additional initiatives to support ACC/OER. Over 50 libraries from ARL institutions completed the survey. This session will present a summary of findings from the survey.

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Anita Walz

Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Virginia Tech
Anita Walz is the Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. She works with faculty, administrators, and staff on local, state, national and international levels to inspire faculty to choose, adapt, and create learning resources which... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 3:40pm - 4:05pm EDT