Massive Open Opportunity: Supporting MOOCs in Public and Academic Libraries is an article by Meredith Schwartz that was posted on the Library Journal website last week.
There has been a lot of talk about libraries and MOOCs lately as librarians try to figure out a possible role for library services and collections in the evolving world of digital education. This article offers some solid options. But first Ms. Schwartz provides an overview of the MOOC landscape i.e. what they are, the role they play in online education, the main providers, etc. Then she moves on to discuss how an academic library might offer support by clarifying copyright issues, providing production facilities and software for faculty, addressing questions of resource and research support for students, and playing a possible role as “big data” repositories for MOOC assessment, as well as preserving various versions of courses.
Ms. Schwartz continues by touching on the real possibility that as academic libraries try to figure out their role, the public library will be the resource that many MOOC students will turn to in getting materials and professional assistance. She also bring up the fascinating notion the MOOCs may play a possible role in library education and training by pointing to experimental courses being offered at the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University (SJSU) and the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.
As always, we’re just scratching the surface. Truth be told, a wealth of information along with a number of compelling ideas can be found running throughout this article. But of course you’ll need to click on the above link and begin reading before you can start benefiting from all that’s here – so get cracking!
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.