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Intersections of Open Educational Resources and Information Literacy

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Mary Ann Cullen, Alpharetta, Georgia

Elizabeth Dill, Hartford, Connecticut

Copyright Year: 2022

Publisher: Association of College and Research Libraries

Language: English

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Reviewed by Barbara Lovato, Principal Lecturer III / Library Director, University of New Mexico on 5/16/23

This OER text about OER and Information Literacy is timely and comprehensive. Through the lens of different authors for each chapter, the subject is covered effectively. No index or glossary are included, which would be useful for the extreme... read more

Reviewed by Barbara Pope, Reference/Periodicals Librarian and Professor, Pittsburg State University on 1/12/23

This OER text addresses a wide array of topics, including introducing the concepts of OER and open pedagogy, copyright and licensing in OER, searching for OER, and evaluation criteria. In addition, several of the authors relate their experiences... read more

Reviewed by Stephanie Comer, Librarian, Tidewater Community College on 12/15/22

A very timely text on the natural blending of Information literacy and Open Educational Resources. This book is divided into six parts that will walk the reader through the beginnings of this partnership up to the prospects of future advocates.... read more

Table of Contents

  • Foreward
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Foundations
  • Part 2: Teaching Info Lit with OER
  • Part 3: Librarian Support of Open Pedagogy/OER
  • Part 4: Social Justice/Untold Stories
  • Part 5: Student Advocacy
  • Part 6: Spreading the Love: Training Future Advocates and Practitioners
  • About the Authors

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About the Book

"The present volume is timely not only because it models creative and effective strategies to advance both open education and information literacy, but especially because it poses critical questions and urges practitioners to go well beyond questions of access to and the use of information. It demands reflection on what is being accessed (and what is not), who is gaining access (and who is not), who is providing access (and who is not), and what the goal is of this access (and what lies beyond access)."—from the Foreword by Rajiv S. Jhangiani Information literacy skills are key when finding, using, adapting, and producing open educational resources (OER). Educators who wish to include OER for their students need to be able to find these resources and use them according to their permissions. When open pedagogical methods are employed, students need to be able to use information literacy skills as they compile, reuse, and create open resources. Intersections of Open Educational Resources and Information Literacy captures current open education and information literacy theory and practice and provides inspiration for the future. Chapters include practical applications, theoretical musings, literature reviews, and case studies and discuss social justice issues, collaboration, open pedagogy, training, and advocacy. The book is divided into six parts:

  1. Foundations
  2. Teaching Info Lit with OER
  3. Librarian Support of Open Pedagogy/OER
  4. Social Justice/Untold Stories
  5. Student Advocacy
  6. Spreading the Love: Training Future Advocates and Practitioners 

Chapters cover topics including library-led OER creation; digital cultural heritage and the intersections of primary source literacy and information literacy; situated learning and open pedagogy; critical librarianship and open education; and developing student OER leaders. Intersections of Open Educational Resources and Information Literacy—which went through an open peer review process—informs and inspires on OER, info lit, and their many iterative convergences. It is available as an open access edition at

About the Contributors


Mary Ann Cullen is an associate professor and Associate Department Head at Georgia State University’s Alpharetta Campus. She has been involved in the open and affordable educational resources movement since 2013, when she participated in the adaptation of an OER text for an introductory English composition course. Since then, she has assisted faculty with OER adoption and grants, and presented about librarians’ roles in OER at ACRL, the Distance Library Services Conference, and a Carterette Series webinar. She has been recognized as an Affordable Learning Georgia Featured Advocate and co-edited the Fall 2020 special edition of the academic journal, Library Trends, “OER and the Academic Library,” with Elizabeth Dill.

Elizabeth Dill is the Director of University Libraries at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. As an instructor of university-level theater classes, she assigned OER, facilitating open pedagogy. She has also used her librarian role to advocate for OER. Dill has presented at national and international conferences on Open Educational Resources. Dill co-edited the Fall 2020 special edition of the academic journal, Library Trends, “OER and the Academic Library.”

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