Undergraduate outreach about Open Access (OA) lies at the intersection of information literacy (IL) and Scholarly Communications (SC). Reframing undergraduates as current and future scholars allows us to treat them as agents within the SC network. Students who have mastered fundamental research skills are prepared to view them through the critical lens of SC in order to learn both how to locate resources and how those resources are created. This educational approach highlights the various barriers scholars can face in the research process, as well as provides an awareness of information privilege.
This poster will provide a model for how OA can be integrated into IL instruction by describing a one-shot session delivered to a 300-level Women and Gender Studies (WGS) course. For librarians looking to integrate OA into their teaching, WGS courses are a logical starting point. There is a moral imperative for WGS scholars to be aware of OA due to its corresponding values of equality, justice, and the belief in the capacity for all people to be participants in the scholarly conversation. Advanced WGS students are prepared to apply high level critical thinking to their own research practices. Situating their scholarly activity in the greater ecosystem of scholarly communications reveals how these students are agents within this system whose choices can have an impact on the larger network.
The class session received positive feedback from the students and the professor credits this educational opportunity for her decision to adjust her course material to reduce the cost for future students.
Sarah Appedu– Scholarly Communications Assistant, Gettysburg College