Creative Communities - BC Library Conference 2015
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Friday, May 22 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
F20 - Academic Librarians and OER: Access, Advocacy, and Activism LIMITED

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We’ve all read or heard the stories  - “Libraries cancel large academic journal packages due to price increases”. “Students muster to demand Open Textbook options across Canadian Universities”. “Scholarly publishing revolution breakthroughs!” Never before has the Open Education movement been more important in academia. Local institutions are beginning to devote more resources towards it, yet the advocacy role that libraries and librarians can play is still unclear to many.  Join members of the BCOER (British Columbia Open Educational Resources) and a BC Open Textbook Faculty Fellow as they discuss how the open movement is changing education, how it can alter the scholarly publishing paradigm, and why librarians should care. A panel of two librarians and one faculty member actively teaching using open resources will discuss open material within the context of the current landscape, finding and promoting open resources to extend collections, and how open access licensing works for the content creators and users.   This session will be a good basic introduction to open access and open educational resources – what they are, how they work, how to get started using them, and how libraries can play a role in the open movement. But it will go further and also look at how librarians can collaborate and contribute to join in the impassioned discussion about OERs in the broader educational community.


Caroline Daniels

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Caroline Daniels is the Systems, Web and Interlibrary Loans librarian at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and a member of BCOER. KPU’s president is a long time proponent of Open Education and has secured KPU as a member of OERu. Many of the KPU faculty have demonstrated great... Read More →

Rajiv Jhangiani

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani teaches psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he conducts research in political psychology, social cognition, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is a Faculty Fellow with the BC Open Textbook Project and has revised two open textbooks... Read More →

Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith is the Distance and Document Delivery Librarian at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and a member of the BCOER. For the past year, she has been working with faculty who are creating open textbooks and using OERs in their courses. TRU is active with BCcampus’ Open Textbook... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm PDT
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 1 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Simon Fraser University Library