The Role of the Library in Open Education

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Christine McCarthy Madsen

University of Oxford - Oxford e-Research Centre; University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute; Bodleian Libraries

Megan M. Hurst

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 28, 2005

Abstract

In 1931, when S. R. Ranganathan presented his Five Laws of Library Science, he envisioned libraries playing a vital role in education. Yet, as these principles have confronted modern technologies and the tendency of libraries to distance and isolate themselves from the larger educational environment, they have been significantly weakened. Libraries must be involved in the effort to advance and sustain open education. They should be at the forefront of providing open content to educators and students. But because they often believe this responsibility falls outside the scope of their profession, many librarians avoid it, leaving a noticeable gap between educators and students and the resources they need.

Keywords: libraries, open educational resources

Suggested Citation

Madsen, Christine McCarthy and Hurst, Megan M., The Role of the Library in Open Education (September 28, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1767915 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1767915

Christine McCarthy Madsen (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Oxford e-Research Centre ( email )

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University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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University of Oxford
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Bodleian Libraries ( email )

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Oxford, OX2 0EW
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Megan M. Hurst

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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