January 19, 2022

Journal Article: “OER Initiatives at Liberal Arts Colleges: Building Support at Three Small, Private Institutions”

The following article was recently published by the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC).


OER Initiatives at Liberal Arts Colleges: Building Support at Three Small, Private Institutions


Caitlin A. Schleicher
Johns Hopkins University

Christopher A. Barnes
Franklin & Marshall College

Ronald A. Joslin
Macalester College


Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication
8(1), p.eP2301
DOI: 10.7710/2162-3309.2301


Liberal arts colleges (LAC) are arguably ideal environments for the use of open educational resources (OER) given their shared emphasis on innovative pedagogy and individualized learning. However, library-led OER initiatives at LAC have just started to make progress. LAC librarians have very few models or sources of advice to which they can turn when planning OER initiatives suitable to their particular institutional context.

Description of Programs
In this article, librarians describe their experience promoting and supporting OER usage at three small, private LAC, each at a different stage in developing formal programs to assist faculty interested in adopting and creating OER. The authors discuss strategies employed, obstacles encountered, and lessons learned, providing practical advice for achieving OER success in the LAC environment.

Next Steps
The authors believe practical advice for the LAC context will benefit librarians at various stages of OER program implementation.

Direct to Full Text Article
20 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

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.