Recorded on Thursday, May 28, 2015 this webcast presentation and discussion with Quill West speaks to the importance of academic librarians fostering an institutional culture that embraces open education as their institutions recognize that textbook costs create a significant barrier to students’ access to education. Librarians in Washington State are taking a leadership role in college-wide efforts to adopt alternatives to textbooks by engaging in a Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) Grant administered by the Washington State Library/Office of the Secretary of State. In the effort to be open education leader, West and colleagues have created a course for librarians on how to serve open education needs. The webcast will address the open education skills that librarians are developing in order to better serve the open education needs of our institutions.
About the Speaker
Quill West is an open education advocate, librarian, and educator from Washington state. Currently Quill is the Open Education Project Manager at Pierce College, where she works with students, faculty, and administrators to lower student costs for textbooks by adopting open resources. Quill has worked in open education for five years, and has worked on a project at Tacoma Community College that successfully saved students over one million dollars in traditional textbook costs.