Through a MOOC, Darkly: Understanding the MOOC Landscape and Its Impact on Libraries' Digital Resources

MOOCs are forcing us to rethink how we teach, learn, and provide educational resources. These courses have become a catalyst for issues that universities must confront: the value of a degree and its rising cost, the marketization and unbundling of education, to name a few. In this webinar, we will take a peek through the looking glass to see how librarians can shape the conversation about these changes and guide faculty, administration, and students through them. Librarians are well-positioned to become the new academic sherpas, but we must first understand the MOOC landscape and its impact on higher education, and in particular, on our libraries’ owned and licensed digital repositories.

This series of webinars features librarians and scholars from public and academic libraries reporting on the latest research about MOOCs and offering practical information on creating and presenting MOOCs. It will appeal to librarians in academic, public, and special libraries. Presenters will discuss the role libraries play in the development of MOOCs and share information that will enable attendees to familiarize themselves with the steps involved in developing a MOOC.

Learn more about the Libraries and MOOCs webinar series, both upcoming sessions and those held in 2013 (recordings are available).

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


Curtis L. Kendrick is University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources, CUNY. He works in concert with the Council of Chief Librarians and other university administrators to enhance library system funding, resources, programs, and services. He has also held library management positions at Columbia, Harvard, and Stony Brook Universities, and Oberlin College. A graduate of Brown University, Kendrick earned his MLS from Simmons College and his MBA from Emory University.

Irene Gashurov is Communications Writer for the Office of Library Services, City University of New York (CUNY). She holds advanced degrees in library science and linguistics from Columbia University. She has worked as editorial director (for Columbia University Medical Center and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), as reporter (at Fortune magazine), copy editor (at Time), and as research librarian at the Time Inc. Library.


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