Lindsey Gwozdz

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Lindsey GwozdzScholarly Communications Librarian, Associate Professor

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Areas of Expertise

copyright; information literacy; open educational practices; OER policy & advocacy


B.A., Roger Williams University 

MLIS, Simmons University

Lindsey Gwozdz is an Associate Professor and the scholarly communications librarian at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. She also serves as the Open Education Fellow at the New England Board of Higher Education in Boston, Massachusetts and as a faculty member with The American Association of Colleges and Universities' Institute on Open Educational Resources  With an active interest in the intersections of information literacy, open education, and critical librarianship, Lindsey works with faculty on her campus and region-wide to transform the awareness of open education from a cost-savings tool to be more inclusive of pedagogies that allow for opportunities to create systemic changes in more representative and equitable information creation, evaluation, and access. She resides in Rhode Island with her family and together they enjoy the beach, hiking, gardening, and their homestead.

External grants:


William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, "No-cost Course Marking at Independent Institutions in the Northeast” (PI $420,000 October 2022 - September 2024)

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) supports innovation and drives change by working with the region’s public and independent higher education stakeholders, government, and business leaders. Led by PI and Fellow for Open Education, Lindsey Gwozdz, NEBHE will undertake a two-year grant to support institutions in developing infrastructure for zero cost coursemarking at independent institutions in the northeast region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont) that enroll at least 23% of Pell-eligible students through technical assistance and policy research. This proposed work aligns with and advances the Education Program’s strategic goals of building research capacity, increasing  grantee collaboration, policy decisions, incentives for educators and access to appropriate professional  development.

Institute of Museum and Library Services — Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. "A Blueprint for Equitable Open Educational Practices” (Co-PI. $96,540 Aug. 2021 - Aug 2023)

Roger Williams University Library, North Carolina State University Libraries, and the Open Education Network will develop a blueprint for equitable open educational practices and pilot a training program in partnership with Open Education Network that prepares librarians and faculty to serve as partners for these efforts. As awareness of open educational resources continues to grow and gain support in making a postsecondary education more accessible, academic librarians are now being asked to lead faculty in the exploration and implementation of open educational practices. This project seeks to develop a flexible blueprint that would enable actionable pathways for librarians and faculty to collaborate in making this work more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable.

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, "Increasing access, affordability, and equity using OER” (PI $250,000 October 2020 - October 2021)

In partnership, the four higher education regional compacts — Midwestern Higher Education Compact, New England Board of Higher Education, Southern Regional Education Board, and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education — aim to increase access, affordability, and equity using OER. The compacts have formed the National Consortium for Open Education Resources to advance OER across their member states, with coordination support from the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies. With this grant, the NEBHE (as a member of the consortium) will build capacity for policy and effective practice, enable substantial research, and develop open education solutions that promote equitable learning across the country.

Selected publications:

Virginia Clinton-Lisell & Lindsey Gwozdz (2023) Understanding Student Experiences of Renewable and Traditional Assignments, College Teaching, DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2023.2179591

Gumb, L. (2022). OER-enabled Pedagogy Meets Info Lit: Empowering the Next Generation of Open Scholars. In E. Dill & M. A. Cullen (Eds.), Intersections of OER and Information Literacy. Chicago, Illinois: Association of College & Research Libraries.

Gumb, L. & Cross, W. (2022). In Keeping with Academic Tradition: Copyright ownership in higher education and potential implications for Open Education. Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship, 5(1), 1-30.

Gumb, L., & Miceli, H. (2020). Library Support for Scaffolding OER-enabled Pedagogy in a General Education Science Course. In K. Hoffman and A. Clifton (Eds.), Open Pedagogy Approaches. Montreal, Quebec: Rebus Community.

Gumb, L. (2020). Open Matters: A Brief Intro. New England Journal of Higher Education. Boston, MA.

Gumb, L. (2019). An Open Impediment: Navigating Copyright and OER Publishing in the Academic Library. College & Research Libraries News, 80(4), pp. 202-04,