Advocacy, Librarians, and OERs
Because librarians have these campus connections, they can use the opportunity to increase awareness of OERs among these key stakeholders in higher education and help to create an understanding of their benefits. They can:
Help to create institutional support via senate and faculty discussions, whenever they are involved.
Address policies that work against OER creation
Once agreement between stakeholders is reached, the can help to create policies and procedures that support OER creation
Advocate for institutional assistance for content creation (please see the UMass Amherst example here)
Can work with stakeholders in order to secure appropriate funding and can lobby for open textbook creation, distribution and reuse.
Additionally, in regard to creation, given their extensive skill set, librarians can give:
intellectual property advice
instructional design and pedagogical assistance
assistance in mixing or adapting OERs in a wide range of formats
providing access to technology via multimedia labs
expertise in cataloging and classification
housing and archiving OERs via content management systems, and,
dissemination of OERs to facilitate delivery.
A global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. The Open Education Consortium is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the United States and operating worldwide.
SPARC Coalition - Global Coalition to making Open the default for research and education. Offers a free subscription to a listserv for SPARC's libraries and OER forum.
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