OER + ScholComm

This IMLS-supported (LG-72-17-0132-17; LG-36-19-0021-19) collaboration among librarians at North Carolina State University Libraries, University of Kansas Libraries, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences explored approaches to – and is currently developing – 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.


Josh Bolick

Image of Josh BolickJosh Bolick (0000-0002-7379-0432) is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of Kansas Libraries’ 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 was a presenter for the Open Education Network (OEN), and OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group. He is also a co-PI on the two IMLS grants supporting this project, the creation of OER for training LIS students on scholarly communication topics. 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

Image of MariaMaria Bonn is the MS/LIS Program Director and 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

Image of Will CrossWill Cross is the Director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center in the NC State University Libraries, an instructor in the UNC SILS, and an OER Research Fellow. Trained as a lawyer and librarian, he guides policy, speaks, and writes on open culture and navigating legal uncertainty.

As a course designer and presenter for ACRL, SPARC, and the Open Textbook Network, Will has developed training materials and run workshops across the US and for international audiences from Ontario to Abu Dhabi. Will’s current research focuses on the relationship between copyright and open education. In addition to this project he serves as co-PI and co-developer of the IMLS-funded Library Copyright Institute and is part of a team developing a set of Best Practices for Fair Use in Open Educational Resources. Twitter: @tceles_B_hsup

Jenna Strawbridge

Image of JennaJenna Strawbridge is a recent MLIS graduate who is working on the SCN project as Graduate Research Assistant. Before joining the world of library and information science, Jenna worked in museum collections after obtaining BA and MS degrees in anthropology. Jenna’s interests within the field of library and information science include information organization, metadata and resource description, and information literacy