July 27, 2021

New Report: “Open Education in European Libraries of Higher Education”

From SPARC Europe:

Today, SPARC Europe is releasing “Open Education in European Libraries of Higher Education” — an in-depth report on the findings from a recent survey that was designed to help glean insights into the current OE landscape within higher education institutions and their libraries. The intent of this undertaking is to strengthen Open Education and Open Education Resources across Europe.

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Following are a sampling of recommendation highlights from the report; these are intended for HE libraries and institutions:

Fund:

  • Earmark some of your library budget for Open Education
  • Explore opportunities for seed-funding projects to kick-start OE efforts
  • Consider establishing a grant programme to support the creation of OER

Lead:

  • If you haven’t already, consider taking a leadership role to help drive OE at your institution/library; many of your peers already are doing so
  • Step up advocacy efforts within your own organisation—teaching staff and management; identify and equip your own internal champions.
  • Help initiate or develop an OE policy (locally or nationally); there is still a shortage of such policies. (Policies of peers can help aid in the process.)

Create:

  • Engage in the creation of Open Education Resources; help grow what is available.
  • Identify the skills you need for OE/OER, and upskill by partnering more internally / externally

Monitor & Grow:

  • Establish an overview of OER resources being created within your institution; optimise accessibility and monitor growth of such resources over time.

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72 pages; PDF.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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