Using "Liberation Bibliographies" in our Teaching – Bringing Open-Access Research into the Classroom

Thursday, 8th July, 3pm to 3:50pm

The aim of the session is to kick-start a conversation around open educational practices, as part of UoB’s contribution to the EUniWell Open Education project. 

The ways in which research is stored and distributed behind paywalled databases provides “privileged and stratified access to this scholarly information and knowledge” and “allows information to appear and function as a commodity rather than as a commons and a public good” (Lawson, Sanders & Smith, 2015, p. 2). We believe that open-access publishing is the antidote to such commodification of knowledge, and we would like to engage UoB colleagues in debate on the possible benefits of using more open-access research in our teaching. We plan to start by crowdsourcing the creation of a “liberation bibliography” (Baker et al., 2021; Fister, 2010) -- a bibliography comprising entirely open-access, scholarly research items -- on the topic of “Open Education and Social Justice”. During the week of the HEFi Festival (July 2-6, 2021), we will be seeking contributions from UoB colleagues and our networks across various social media platforms to generate this bibliography. In our session at the Festival, we will invite participants to engage in “appreciative inquiry” (Cooperrider & Whitney, 2005) around the potential advantages and opportunities for innovation arising out of the incorporation of such liberation bibliographies into our teaching practice.  

Presenters: Jeremy Kidwell and Gabi Witthaus

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 Baker, S., Tran, J., Olliff, L., Block, K., & Edwards, C. (2021, April 30). Liberation bibliography: Towards open access to powerful knowledges to enhance forced migration advocacy. [Blog post].  

Cooperrider, D., & Whitney, D. (2005). Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers. 

Fister, B. (2010). Liberating Knowledge: A Librarian’s Manifesto for Change. Thought & Action, 83–90. Available at:   

Lawson, S., Sanders, K., & Smith, L. (2015). Commodification of the Information Profession: A Critique of Higher Education Under Neoliberalism. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 3(1).