Call For Proposals

Open Pedagogy Symposium – Paid Opportunity for MLIS Students

The Graduate Center Library is seeking applicants for a paid stipend of $175 to attend Breaking Open: An Open Pedagogy Symposium on Friday, May 3rd, 2019, 10am-4pm. This opportunity is intended for students of color who are currently enrolled OR recent graduates of a Masters of Library and Information Science program (up to 2 years from date of graduation). Please apply here, and see details below.

The Open Pedagogy Symposium will focus on the intersections of pedagogy and scholarly production that emerge around openly accessible, zero-cost materials. Participants in the Graduate Center Library’s Open Pedagogy Fellowship will present on their work, as well as offering an orientation to concepts and terminology.

Questions of “open” are implicitly tied to deeper issues of access in higher education. The movements towards Open Access publishing and the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) emerged as a dual response to the high costs of academic journals and textbooks, respectively. At CUNY, open resources play a key role in lowering overall costs, and have recently been endorsed by the University Student Senate.

Publishing materials with an open license allows for them to be redistributed freely, yet it also raises questions about the behind-the-scenes work required to create them. Keynote speaker Clelia Rodriguez (author of Decolonizing Academia: Poverty, Oppression and Pain) will speak broadly about such implications – which kinds of knowledge are contested, and which are silenced and contained? Using a decolonial perspective, Rodriguez considers how we can use the guidance of our ancestors, tap into our own knowings, and the way that “open” challenges existing models of academic hierarchy and authority.

How to apply:

Please fill out the following application form (https://goo.gl/forms/nmm00BtlVvFmumXx2).

Applications are due by 12pm on Monday, March 25th.

For questions or concerns, please email both Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Head of Reference and Elvis Bakaitis, Adjunct Reference Librarian at ssmith4@gc.cuny.edu and ebakaitis@gc.cuny.edu