January 20, 2022

New Article: “What Do Librarians Need to Know About MOOCs?”

The following article appears in the March/April 2013 issue of D-Lib Magazine.


What Do Librarians Need to Know About MOOCs


Forrest Wright
Thomson Reuters


D-Lib Magazine
March/April 2013
Volume 19, Number 3/4


Over the past several months, the proliferation of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) has been hailed as a potent defense against the rising cost and insular culture of attending a traditional college. The courses, which are generally taught by experts with affiliations to elite universities, are characterized by their unique pedagogy and unlimited enrollment. To date, no course has been accepted for transfer credit at a major on-campus institution; however some administrators and higher-education experts predict their gradual integration into university curriculum. This article examines the MOOC phenomenon, identifying aspects that academic librarians should consider in the coming years, including how these courses interact with scholarly resources and library services. Methods for integrating library services in these courses are evaluated, with recommendations for the best course of action.

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See Also: OCLC and Penn Libraries Event, March 18th, 2013:
MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.