OER + ScholComm

This IMLS-supported (LG-72-17-0132-17) collaboration among librarians at North Carolina State University Libraries, University of Kansas Libraries, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences is exploring the need for, and ideal components of, a corpus of open educational resources (OER) for teaching library students and professionals about scholarly communication librarianship. Our project is born in the recognition that even as scholarly communication is ascendant as a core academic librarian competency there is little formal instruction in scholcomm topics and no unified teaching/learning resource that might spur an increase in relevant instruction. As librarians spanning career status (early to established) with a variety of experience within scholarly communication sub-fields, we hope to involve all stakeholders in the creation and maintenance of a living body of openly-licensed content to support the growth of scholcomm and related positions, as well as diffuse scholcomm praxis and values across LIS curricula according to its myriad intersections with other aspects of librarianship.

For a more detailed origin story, see a (forthcoming) News post on how we got here.


Josh Bolick

Josh Bolick (0000-0002-7379-0432) is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of Kansas Libraries’ David Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright. In addition to supporting traditional scholarly communication programs at KU, he leads KU Libraries’ OER initiatives, including the management of a $100K grant program. He also chairs a university-level Textbook Working Group, which is charged with advancing OER and other textbook affordability initiatives to increase access and student success. Josh is a presenter for the Open Textbook Network (OTN), an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group, and co-PI on the IMLS Planning Grant supporting this project, the creation of OER for training LIS students on scholarly communication topics, including open education. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a masters in library and information studies from Florida State University. Twitter: @joshbolick

Maria Bonn

Maria Bonn is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She  teaches courses on academic librarianship and the role of libraries in scholarly communication and publishing. Her research focuses on understanding the needs of scholars in a contemporary publishing environment and on the experience of collaboration in the humanities. Prior to her faculty appointment, Bonn served as the associate university librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan Library, with responsibility for publishing and scholarly communications initiatives, including Michigan Publishing. Bonn has also been an assistant professor of English at institutions both in the United States and abroad. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, master’s and doctoral degrees in American literature from the University At Buffalo, and a master’s in information and library science from the University of Michigan. Twitter: @msbonn

Will Cross

Will Cross is the the Director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center in the NCSU Libraries and an instructor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science. Trained as a lawyer and librarian, he guides policy, speaks, and writes on open culture and navigating legal uncertainty. As presenter coordinator for the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow, he has developed training materials and led workshops for international audiences from Ontario to Abu Dhabi. His research focuses on legal frameworks that support open culture and he currently serves as PI on two IMLS-funded projects on support for OER and open pedagogy. He currently serves as a SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow and  an OER Research Fellow for the Open Research Group. Twitter: @tceles_B_hsup