Thursday, March 08, 2007

Open Access Course

Fellow OA Librarian team member Heather Morrison will be teaching a course on OA this spring at the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia. The formal name for the course is LIBR 559K: Topics in Computer-Based Information Systems: Open Access. The goals of the course are:

To provide overview of the basic concepts of Open-access. The open access movement is one of the key trends in librarianship today, one that presents librarians and archivists with challenges, but also significant opportunities for leadership. This course will provide students with an overview of open access, key definitions, how and why libraries and archives are involved in open access, trends, policies, and implications for librarians and archivists.

I haven't really checked but I wouldn't be surprised to find out that this is the first university course devoted to OA in its entireity (though I'm sure that OA is an element in many other courses these days). Congratulations to Heather for developing and teaching this course!
I look forward to hearing more from her about it.

The full description for the course can be found at http://www.slais.ubc.ca/COURSES/coursdes/libr/libr559k.htm

1 comment:

Eli said...

Wonderful! This is great news. I hope some of the other ALA schools will choose to follow suit.