Presentation Title

Open Access and Information Literacy: A Roundtable Discussion

Start Date

October 2019

End Date

October 2019

Description

Six years ago, the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment report connected these two areas of librarianship and drew attention to how deeply they are intertwined. In some ways, the effort presented a fresh perspective, because scholarly communication work is more frequently associated with support to faculty and graduate students as creators, while information literacy (separate from skills-based training on library resources) often focuses on undergraduate students and critical thinking. The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, formally adopted in 2016, further meshed two, with its frames on information value, scholarship as conversation, the information creation process, etc.

Here we ask how efforts to integrate the two are working in practice, considering that institutional structures and staffing levels, professional development opportunities, and the existing instruction model might make a robust reframing difficult. And specifically, the question arises of how open access fits into this work—particularly when information literacy instruction often consists of a one-shot session that is centered on the subscription resources available to college students while they are matriculating.

This roundtable discussion is an opportunity for attendees to share examples of their attempts to integrate open access topics into information literacy workshops and course-integrated instruction at the college and university level, discuss lessons learned and suggestions for their own institutions with their colleagues, and interrogate ethical, pedagogical, and functional issues about the role of open access education within academic librarianship.

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Open Access and Information Literacy: A Roundtable Discussion

Six years ago, the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment report connected these two areas of librarianship and drew attention to how deeply they are intertwined. In some ways, the effort presented a fresh perspective, because scholarly communication work is more frequently associated with support to faculty and graduate students as creators, while information literacy (separate from skills-based training on library resources) often focuses on undergraduate students and critical thinking. The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, formally adopted in 2016, further meshed two, with its frames on information value, scholarship as conversation, the information creation process, etc.

Here we ask how efforts to integrate the two are working in practice, considering that institutional structures and staffing levels, professional development opportunities, and the existing instruction model might make a robust reframing difficult. And specifically, the question arises of how open access fits into this work—particularly when information literacy instruction often consists of a one-shot session that is centered on the subscription resources available to college students while they are matriculating.

This roundtable discussion is an opportunity for attendees to share examples of their attempts to integrate open access topics into information literacy workshops and course-integrated instruction at the college and university level, discuss lessons learned and suggestions for their own institutions with their colleagues, and interrogate ethical, pedagogical, and functional issues about the role of open access education within academic librarianship.