Open Education & The Library

The two panelists, Christina Mune and Ann Agee, facilitated a mock debate on the pros and cons of Open Access (OA) journals and Open Educational Resources (OER). The room was separated into two groups and two questions were asked: 1) Can Open Access and OER replace paid publishing? and 2) Should libraries buy textbooks? The session not only produced useful counter-narratives that could support changing the minds of resistant faculty members, it also enabled a critical discussion on concerns that sympathetic librarians may have regarding the implementation, outcomes, and investment in alternative publishing models that might reproduce the same issues that OA and OER are attempting to deal with.