Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Thursday, July 23 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Using OERs to teach information literacy through a social justice lens

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This session will focus on methods and strategies used by two academic librarians to teach a credit-bearing information literacy course with an emphasis on diversity and equity. Making the choice to develop our course using open education resources allows us to introduce topics of equity and inclusion on day one.  Open education resources (OERs) are published under a creative commons license, freely accessible to everyone, and allows users to remix or modify the original work. Adoption of open course materials affords us the opportunity to seamlessly integrate perspectives from members of marginalized communities to counterbalance the white hegemonic narratives pervasive in more traditional curriculum and textbooks.
While OERs should be lauded as a cost-savings measure and reduces barriers to information access we need to be cautious not to reproduce the same inequities in legacy publishing models. Our curated social justice themed OER content serves as a springboard to introduce concepts of structural oppression in academic libraries and injustices in existing scholarly communications models. Students are encouraged to use a more inclusive strategy to gather resources when conducting research to ensure they are capturing authors that are often excluded from scholarly discourse. These discussions also facilitate student engagement with the ACRL information literacy framework.

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Chemera Ivory

Assistant Professor & Librarian, University of West Georgia
CJ Ivory is Assistant Professor and Learning & Research Support Librarian at the University of West Georgia where she teaches Information Literacy & Research. She also serves as a campus liaison for Affordable Learning Georgia, a statewide initiative to support the implementation... Read More →
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angela pashia

head of learning & research support, university of west georgia

Thursday July 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm AST
MGH 238 (Seats 35)

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