Denise Dimsdale is the subject librarian for Education and Gerontology at Georgia State University (GSU). She also participates in Georgia’s statewide Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) initiative as GSU’s ALG Library Coordinator. In this role, she leads efforts to support the adoption, use, and creation of open educational resources (OER) and affordable learning alternatives at Georgia State University. She also works through the ALG community to help promote OER and affordable learning opportunities across the state.
My capstone project included an awareness campaign that culminated in three major projects: an Open Education Week Task Force, a booklet, and plans for two faculty learning communities. I began by leading a task force to coordinate student-focused Open Education Week activities across all six Georgia State University campuses. Librarians from each campus lead activities and created a variety of content including posters, coloring sheets, and buttons. Jennifer Brown, Decatur campus Instruction and Reference Librarian, posted a blog highlighting student concerns over the high cost of textbooks and the impact of our Open Education Week activities. I also worked with the GSU library’s marketing division to create a printed and online booklet, Getting Started with Open and Affordable Course Content. Several versions of the booklet can be found on GSUs Open Education Guide. The booklet is designed to allow adaptation and to provide a brief, step-by-step process with links to services and additional information. Finally, I began working with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to plan Faculty Learning Communities for the Atlanta and Clarkston campuses. Plans for the faculty learning communities can be found in my capstone report. My mentor, Anali Perry, Scholarly Communications Librarian, at Arizona State University was an invaluable guide through each of these projects.