OER in Libraries: Advocacy Needed

Several months ago, I gave a little bit of feedback on a survey that was being designed by some folks at the Centre for Academic Practice & Learning Enhancement (CAPLE) and Centre for Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards (CETIS), at the University of Strathclyde. It was about librarians and their role in the OER movement. For various reasons, I think this is a very important feature of the open education world that needs to get  more attention than it has to date. Those old notions you thought about librarians being interested in shushing people and thumbing through card catalogs is getting outdated, fast. Librarians today are a varied, active, and capable bunch of people who are often the connectors within their communities.

Here’s the survey:

The roles of libraries and information professionals in Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives

And an excerpt from the executive summary:

“[E]ven if the library and/or librarians are well valued by projects where they are already engaged with, the participation of the library is still not widespread, and a significant lack of awareness exists both from OER initiatives with regards to library activities and from the libraries about the resources released by OER initiatives. However, most of the objectives of content-focused OER initiatives are strongly related to library and information science activities and skills and we consider that their involvement would be of great benefit to those projects not yet engaged with them.”

(This survey is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license)

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