The Library’s Role in Course Content Provision: Textbooks and Open Educational Resources

Sponsored by BibliU
Recorded on 08/03/2021

Posted in Open Access and Open Educational Resources

How can librarians work with faculty to deliver cost-effective course materials?


Historically, academic libraries at US institutions have not worked to deliver or shape course content on campus, leaving that to the bookstore and faculty. While libraries kept books on reserve, they did not move further into the course content space.

However, in the last few years, libraries have begun to take a larger role in delivering course content to help students and institutions navigate the new trends in higher education. This change has been driven by several factors, including the rise of open educational resources (OER), difficulties curating OER, the rising costs of college attendance, and the COVID-accelerated push toward digital content. 

This panel will bring together librarians who have done innovative work in delivering content to students to discuss those initiatives. Topics will include:

  • What drove the shift for libraries to take a more active role in course content on campus
  • How libraries are working to deliver course content to in-need students
  • What librarians can do to drive OER initiatives on campus
  • How libraries helped make content more accessible during the pandemic
  • How librarians can work with faculty to deliver cost-effective course materials that retain their quality
  • The future of the academic library and course materials


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    Rex Krajewski

    Director of Library & Learning Commons ServicesNorth Shore Community College

    Rex Krajewski is the Director of Library & Learning Commons Services at North Shore Community College. He previously held positions at the Simmons University Library, including Reference Librarian, Head of Research Services, and Associate Director of Collections & Information Services. He also has been an adjunct faculty member at the Simmons University Graduate School of Library & Information Science, teaching Reference & Information Services and Online Information Services courses online and face-to-face, as well as several Continuing Education courses. Currently, Rex is the Past-President of the academic library network, Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts (HELM). Rex is a creative innovator and a staunch believer in strategic, evidence-based practice.

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    Linda Kobashigawa

    LibrarianFresno City College

    Linda Kobashigawa is a librarian at Fresno City College, where she manages e-resources, coordinates information literacy instruction services, and teaches in the Library Technology Studies program. For the past year, she has worked under a Title V grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education that aims to increase the success of Latinx and low-income students, and more recently, was appointed as FCC’s OER liaison to the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.

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    Dave Sherwood


    Dave Sherwood is the CEO of BibliU. First as an undergraduate in Western Australia, and then as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Dave had a pressing question: why are textbooks so unintuitive? Co-founding BibliU six years ago, Dave and his team have since signed over 2000 academic publishers and 140 universities across the globe with this simple message: when it comes to learning, there has to be a better, more affordable, and more accessible way of doing things.