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Faculty and instructor perceptions of open educational resources in engineering
Anderson, Talea · Gaines, Annie · Leachman, Chelsea · Williamson, Evan Peter

PublishedOctober 2017
JournalThe Reference Librarian
Volume 58, Issue 4, Pages 257-277
CountryUnited States, North America

As open education initiatives aiming to lower the cost of course materials appeared at two universities, librarians became involved in identifying open educational resources (OERs) for university courses. However, when considering a number of subject areas—particularly in colleges focused on upper-division instruction—librarians encountered problems related to the availability of resources and materials selection processes. For this project, librarians selected one prominent subject area at their respective institutions—engineering—and worked to identify best practices for introducing OERs into courses. They surveyed engineering faculty and instructors to better understand their perceptions and needs related to OERs and, based on this work, they suggest best practices for liaison librarians in specialized fields who wish to incorporate OERs into their outreach work with a focus on upper-division courses.

Keywords embedded librarianship · engineering librarianship · Open Educational Resources

RightsPublished with license by Taylor & Francis.© Talea Anderson, Annie Gaines, Chelsea Leachman, and Evan Peter Williamson This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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