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The Labor of Open: The Impact of OER and Scholarly Communications on CUNY Libraries


Event Details


As CUNY rolls out new library-led open education and open scholarship initiatives the scope of our work has shifted dramatically. In light of these changes….

  • How is the “labor of open” impacting workload and staffing structures in our libraries?
  • How does the work of supporting OER and open scholarship overlap and diverge?
  • What expertise is needed to support open initiatives and do CUNY librarians have sufficient opportunities to gain new professional competencies?

This professional development opportunity for the CUNY Library community will focus on ideological and practical differences between library supported OER and Scholarly Communications initiatives. Structured as a half-day unconference, this event will include a keynote presentation by writer, educational technology scholar, and self proclaimed rabble-rouser Audrey Watters. Post keynote breakout discussions will be led by professional facilitator Tauno Biltsted. A questionnaire will be distributed prior to the event to identify priorities for the discussion.

During conversations centered around OER program sustainability, labor, and expertise, participants from across CUNY libraries will have an opportunity to reflect on how the OER grant has impacted their work. The goal of this conversation will be to identify knowledge gaps, articulate labor concerns, share experiences, and ultimately, outline a path forward for the library community (in the context of and beyond the grant). This event is co-sponsored by the OLS Scholarly Communications Committee, OLS Copyright Committee, and LACUNY Scholarly Communications Round Table and funded by the OER grant.

Hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and coffee will be served.