MOOCs and the library

Bruce E. Massis (Library, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio, USA)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Publication date: 10 May 2013



The purpose of this column is to examine the current discussion of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and the library's involvement in this worldwide movement.


The paper takes the form of a literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners.


The study finds that MOOCs may offer colleges the opportunity to accept the democratization of learning for all who wish to engage. Librarians have a chance to extend their influence in the development of MOOCs as an integral component in this new model.


The value in addressing this issue is to suggest the benefits that the library can bring to this burgeoning form of online learning.



Massis, B. (2013), "MOOCs and the library", New Library World, Vol. 114 No. 5/6, pp. 267-270.

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