Revising the “Open” Paradigm: Justice-Oriented OEP for the Modern Information Worker

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Equity-oriented Open Educational Practices (OEP) encompass more than the current paradigm in LIS often recognizes. For instance, gaps exist which could be addressed in community collaboration, participatory design, and content ownership practices. In this workshop, we will discuss the intersection of social justice and epistemic justice with OEP, which will lay the foundation for understanding how to ethically and sustainably engage with community partners. Tools and resources that support this work will be shared during this session, as well as recommendations for alternative assessment methods that will aid in sharing the story of the community-engaged work.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

Develop an understanding of OEP and how it intersects with social justice and epistemic justice
Conceptualize ethical and ongoing engagement with community
Create intentional and sustainable community-engaged work
Identify tools that currently exist to support this work
Assess current practices in evaluation to then revise and remix assessment models to reframe the story


Kristin Conlin (she/her/hers) is the Open Education Resources Coordinator and a Reference and Instruction Librarian at The University of Baltimore. She holds an MLS from the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland (UMD) and an MA in History from George Mason University. Her professional focus is in access and equity in libraries and cultural heritage institutions, and open education practices.

Allison Jennings-Roche (she/her/hers) is a PhD student in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland (UMD) and the Library Instruction Coordinator at Towson University. She holds an MLIS from UMD and an MA in Legal and Ethical Studies from The University of Baltimore. Her research interests include information policy, ethics and human rights, and the impact of neutrality, neoliberalism, and gendered labor on library advocacy.

Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Academic library: 2 year
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