The challenge to the status quo often comes to us (or at us), not from us. The university establishes new programs, expands online and distance-education courses, or forms strategic alliances. A recent example at the University of Florida is its decision to join Coursera, one of the major providers of massive open online courses (MOOCs).
MOOC participants do not need to be a registered student at the university offering the course, and they do not pay tuition or other fees. The requirement for open-source digital textbooks and other supporting materials creates new opportunities for academic libraries to work with faculty. Although these resources and services may be free to the students who are taking MOOCs, they are not without cost to our universities or our libraries.