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EBSS Online Learning Research Committee panel at Annual

Sunday, June 25, 2017
10:00 am to 11:30 am, US/Central

The EBSS Online Learning Research committee will not be meeting at annual. Instead, we will be sponsoring a panel/discussion group about using open educational resources to work with distance students. We hope you will join us for what should be an interesting discussion!


Here is the link to the event on the scheduler:



And here are the panelists and their topics. After the panelists speak, we will have plenty of time for discussion.


Dorinne Banks

Education Librarian, George Washington  University Libraries

EBSS Education Committee, Co-Chair, 2016-2018


Open Educational Resources are increasing in popularity in higher education and in the workflow of academic librarians.  If you have ever searched for an open textbook, OER digital object, or lesson plan on a specific topic, you know that it can be challenging to find one!  Unlike looking in your library catalog, or WorldCat to discover where a book on a specific topic is located, open educational resource--or, OER--searching can be time consuming.

My discussion will detail two initiatives that I have recently led--one with the EBSS Education Committee and the other at my institution, George Washington University (GW) Libraries’ OER Team.  I’ll share resources from both these projects which have helped in uncovering the proverbial OER needle in the haystack!


Cynthia Thomes

Reference and instruction librarian

University of Maryland University College


I'll be talking about my library’s role in helping my university (UMUC) eliminate for-cost textbooks from all classes.  I'll explain the process and timeline under which this project was achieved and will describe the OER and subscription resources that were used to replace textbooks.  I'll discuss what we learned from our experience and provide recommendations for those interested in implementing a similar project at their institution.


Lindsey Wharton

Extended Campus and Distance Services Librarian│Social Work Subject Librarian

Florida State University Libraries


Florida State University Libraries has worked closely with the Office of Distance Learning to embed library services into our course management system and online instruction design. Beginning in Fall 2016, the Distance Services Librarian and Scholarly Communication Librarian presented a focused session on utilizing open education resources in online courses as part of the Office of Distance Learning faculty development workshop series. As many faculty attending these workshops were in the midst of transitioning their courses from in-person to online or initially designing their online courses, an introduction to open education resources and the benefits of utilizing these resources to increase students’ information literacy skills proved valuable and timely for instructors. In addition, the OER Taskforce at FSU Libraries is in the midst of several exciting projects such as an Alternative Textbook Grant program and an upcoming #textbookbroke campaign. My discussion will detail the workshop, our current initiatives, and benefits of partnerships between scholarly communication librarians, distance services librarians, and offices of distance, distributed, or online learning to promote the adoption of open education resources.


Hope to see you there!


Laura Bonella, OLRC chair