I am Paul Bond, an outreach and instruction librarian at a community college in New York State, in the US. We are an open admissions institution offering certificates and two-year degrees. About half of our students plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and the other half intends to enter the workforce.
I am also the campus OER Program Lead, and have had a longstanding interest in open education. I’ve been researching the historical development of information literacy and open education, and I see interesting parallels. I think there are lessons to be learned from the histories, and I think some knowledge of the cycles of change and evolution can help us understand where we are and where we may be going. In exploring the literature, one common theme that shows up is control, which I’d like to explore here. I think it has particular relevance in an age of big data and surveillance.
I should acknowledge at the outset that my view is very US-centric. Like many of my people, I have a bit of cultural myopia. I wanted to take this talk to the UK because I think there is much I could learn from having conversations there.