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OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Thursday, October 12 • 11:00am - 11:25am
Table 14 - The School Librarian's Role in the Adoption of Open Textbooks

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Librarians in higher education are integral in the adoption and use of OER at their institutions.However, school librarians have a different role in the adoption process. This presentation aims to examine ongoing research on P12 schools' use of their librarians. #GoOpen schools agree to replace at least one traditional textbook with an open textbook within a year. Agreeing to participate in the initiative means the school will äóìidentify a district #GoOpen team who will work to develop a strategy for the implementation of openly-licensed educational materials, commit to replace at least one textbook with openly-licensed educational materials in the next year, and document and share their implementation processäó (#GoOpen Districts). For P12 schools the chance of locating an open textbook that meets their needs may be limited depending on the subject and level of the open textbook they are considering. Librarians are trained to locate, access, and evaluate resources; therefore, it would seem that the schools participating in this initiative would utilize their school librarians when undergoing this transition.

This presentation will report on findings based on the research questions:

(1) How many #GoOpen schools are using their school librarians in their open textbooks adopting process?

(2) How are school librarians being used in open textbook adoption process for schools participating in the #GoOpen campaign?

(3) Why are schools who are not using school librarians choosing to not include them in the open textbook adoption process?


Thursday October 12, 2017 11:00am - 11:25am
Royal Ballroom
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