Webinar | The Library’s Role in Course Content Provision: Textbooks and Open Educational Resources

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August 3, 2021

Historically, academic libraries at US institutions have not worked to deliver or shape course content on campus, leaving that to the bookstore and faculty. While libraries kept books on reserve, they did not move further into the course content space.

However, in the last few years, libraries have begun to take a larger role in delivering course content to help students and institutions navigate the new trends in higher education. This change has been driven by several factors, including the rise of open educational resources (OER), difficulties curating OER, the rising costs of college attendance, and the COVID-accelerated push toward digital content.

This panel will bring together librarians who have done innovative work in delivering content to students to discuss those initiatives. Topics will include:

  • What drove the shift for libraries to take a more active role in course content on campus
  • How libraries are working to deliver course content to in-need students
  • What librarians can do to drive OER initiatives on campus
  • How libraries helped make content more accessible during the pandemic
  • How librarians can work with faculty to deliver cost-effective course materials that retain their quality
  • The future of the academic library and course materials

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Linda Kobashigawa

Fresno City College

Linda Kobashigawa is a librarian at Fresno City College, where she manages e-resources, coordinates information literacy instruction services, and teaches in the Library Technology Studies program. For the past year, she has worked under a Title V grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education that aims to increase the success of Latinx and low-income students, and more recently, was appointed as FCC’s OER liaison to the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.

Dave Sherwood


Dave Sherwood is the CEO of BibliU. First as an undergraduate in Western Australia, and then as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Dave had a pressing question: why are textbooks so unintuitive? Co-founding BibliU six years ago, Dave and his team have since signed over 2000 academic publishers and 140 universities across the globe with this simple message: when it comes to learning, there has to be a better, more affordable, and more accessible way of doing things.