Library Trends 69 (2) Fall 2020: OER and the Academic Library [Restricted Access]


Library Trends 69 (2) Fall 2020: OER and the Academic Library. Edited by Elizabeth Dill and Mary Ann Cullen.

Every issue of Library Trends begins with a proposal from one or more librarians volunteering to guest edit an issue about a topic they feel needs discussion in the scholarly literature. The would-be guest editors must feel a great deal of passion for the topic because they are going to be living with it for over a year. As guest editors for this issue, we found our work with the articles in this issue only increased our passion and fervent belief in open educational resources (OER). In addition, we confirmed our belief that there is a need for more scholarly communications and research about OER and open pedagogy, and their relationship with librarianship.

When we proposed this special issue, we thought we’d be able to hit the high points of all—or at least many—of the ways libraries impact OER, and the OER movement impacts libraries. But when we received sixty article proposals covering many different aspects of the topic, it was apparent that we were not even going to be able to scratch the surface! We looked for articles that represented trends in our existing areas of interest—advocacy, academic support, campus collaborations, social justice, and open pedagogy among them. We also learned about important new facets of the topic and were frustrated that we could not more thoroughly represent different scholars and issues in the space allotted. In this issue we present merely some of the high points, with articles selected for both theoretical and practical use.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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