48 Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
ideal outcomes. We hope to encourage other libraries to participate as well through larger collaborative
efforts like Unizin and the CIC to grow the impact at a national level.
We think the library should play a key role on campus as the advocates for affordable course content
services in the future. Further, we can provide a critical support role in helping faculty identify possible
content, as well as offering incentives to encourage affordable course content. The library should be the
campus leaders in this area, in addition to creating the necessary infrastructure for these activities.
33. Please briefly describe what you envision as the role of research libraries in open educational
resources services in the future. N=49
As the number and breadth of OERs continues to grow, instructors will need more assistance to
discover suitable OERs. As we move away from teaching from the textbook, instructors will require
more assistance in instructional design for flipped or online classrooms, multimedia production, and
creating digital learning objects. There is also a role for the library in storing and preserving some of
this content, or referring instructors to a suitable repository.
A key role for research libraries in OER services is as a partner/facilitator with faculty and students in
OER development, discovery, access, and use. Right now there are many OER repositories but there is a
need to improve discoverability across the diverse range that exist.
Deliver on digital repository platforms. Use of digital collections creation expertise to also aid in
creation. Support services for authors.
Engaging with faculty about identifying and creating open educational resources, and collaborating
with other units on campus to promote and support OER.
Hosting a platform that supports the hosting and publication of open e-textbooks and open e-journals.
Hosting and discovery services. Facilities, support, and training enabling production of ACC/
OER materials.
I believe that libraries will take on greater publishing roles (both of Open Access and OER content) and
will naturally continue to aid faculty in the discovery, evaluation, and implementation. Libraries will
seek grants or divert collection development funds to fund the creation of content and grants provided
to faculty to adopt OER.
I expect that research libraries will continue to develop their support for open educational resources,
especially assisting with the identification of high-quality OER across various fields of study.
I feel we can own the resources services space both in content and providing infrastructure.
I see research libraries able to facilitate cross-institutional collaboration to create and host OER.
I think our librarians will be routinely called upon to assist with finding discipline-specific OER
similarly to how we currently assist with research. Many academic libraries will have positioned
themselves as leaders in OER by starting and coordinating campus initiatives, so we will be looked to as
the OER experts on campus and will continue to provide programming around OER. Many of us will
provide a publishing platform for creation of OER.
I’d like to see libraries play a more active role in providing alternative publishing options for faculty
and groups of faculty who become aware of cost-related student textbook problems. I’d like to see
libraries continuing to raise awareness regarding the problem that expensive textbooks and learning
software pose for students. I’d like to see groups of libraries work together to enable groups of faculty
to create high-quality, top-scholar-written, learning materials that will be freely available and editable/
openly licensed. I’d like to see libraries leading collaborations in open education (textbooks, technology,
and assessment) with instructional designers, IT, and pedagogy experts in response to faculty and
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