Erin Fields
Open Education and Scholarly Communications Librarian
Digital Programs & Services
Walter C. Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z2
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Phone: (604) 822-0977
Fax: (604) 822-0013

Subject Specialties

  • Open Education
  • Open Pedagogy
  • Open Access
  • Open Scholarship
  • Scholarly Communications


Erin Fields is the Open Education and Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of British Columbia Library. Erin was the 2019-2020 Visiting Program Officer for Open Education for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL/ABRC) and is currently the Lead of the COPPUL Open Educational Resources Standing Committee. She is the recipient of a 2018 Award for Excellence in Open Education and an Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellowship with BCcampus. Erin also received recognition as a 2019 UBC Open Education Resource Champion from the UBC Alma Mater Society, the VP Academic and Provost, and UBC Library. Erin supports a number of courses engaging in open educational resource development and open pedagogy, including course assignments contributing to Wikipedia, developing social justice zines, reviewing case studies, and publishing open-access texts found in the Open UBC Text Catalogue


Erin Fields

Publications & presentations:

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  • Design and Development of Badging in Higher-Ed Learning Environments, BCNET 2015, Vancouver BC (April 25-27, 2015). Co- presented with David Leach (Chair of the Department of Writing, UVic) and Helen Lee (Senior Instruction Designer, Justice Institute) 
  • Disruption in the Library: How OERs are Changing and Challenging the Role of Librarians, Open Textbook Summit, Vancouver BC (May 28-29th, 2015). Co-presented with Caroline Daniels (Systems, Web & Interlibrary Loan Librarian, KPU) 
  • Creating Communities with Open Badges, BCLA 2015, Vancouver BC (May 21, 2015) Co-presented with Kate Chandler
  • BCOER: Librarian Supporting Open Education, Emerging Technologies User Group Spring Workshops, BC Campus, Vancouver BC (June 2014) Co-presented with Leva Lee and Janis McKenzie 
  • Hands-On Learning: The role of Maker Culture in Innovative, Emerging Technologies User Group Spring Workshops, BC Campus, Vancouver BC (June 2014) Co-presented with Will Engle
  • Open Library Community: Research Support Services in a Digital Age, WILU 2014, London, ON (May 22, 2014)
  • To All and Sundry – Library Community in the Age of MOOCS, BCLA Conference 2014, Vancouver, BC (March 31-April 2, 2014)
  • Oh, Glorious Failures! Lightning Talks on How to Succeed Through Failure, BCLA Conference 2014, Vancouver, BC (March 31-April 2, 2014)
  • The Future? Open Online Courses and the Library, Open UBC 2013, Vancouver, BC (October 2013) 
  • Pay it Forward – How Junior Librarians Can Be Mentors, OLA Super Conference 2013, Toronto, ON (January 30 – February 2, 2013) Co-presented with Norda Majekodunmi, York University, and Klara Madenberg, OCUL
  • Experimenting on Shifting Sands: UBC Library’s LOOC Partnership, ALPS Lightning Talk, Vancouver, BC (December 2013)
  • ‘Beyond Library 'Science': (Artsy) New Professionals Reflect on Research, BC Library Association Conference. Victoria, BC (April 8, 2011) Co-presented with Dave Hudson, University of Guelph
  • Shelving Books and Packing Heat – Images of Librarians as Freedom Fighters, OLA Super Conference 2010, Toronto, ON (February 26, 2010)
  • Tutoring the Virtual Student – An Instructional Framework for Information Literacy Objectives in Chat Reference, WILU 2009, Montreal, QC (May 26, 2009) Co-presented with Irene Tencinger, Wilfrid Laurier University – Brantford Campus

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