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Wednesday, November 19 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Libraries & Open Educational Resources

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This opening panel for the first-ever Libraries & OER track at OpenEd will set the stage for an exciting and fast-paced day of panel discussions. The panel will consist of two presentations, followed by shared Q&A at the end.

1. Lay of the Land: Libraries and OER
Nicole Allen, SPARC; Marilyn Billings, UMass Amherst

Why should libraries care about Open Education? How have libraries been involved so far? How does this relate to libraries’ work to promote Open Access? In this talk, the coordinators of the OpenEd libraries and OER track will provide context for the critical role libraries can play in the broader Open Education movement and a high-level overview of how libraries have been involved so far.

2. Librarians’ perceptions and use of OER
Rebecca Pitt, The Open University (UK)

How do librarians share the OER they create? And do they measure the impact of these resources? The OER Research Hub’s (http://oerresearchhub.org) collaboration with the Co-PILOT (Community of Practice for Information Literacy Online Teaching) project (http://delilaopen.wordpress.com/project-co-pilot/) produced a range of research findings on librarian’s perceptions and use of open educational resources (OER). The focus of our work was a questionnaire that covered topics including open licensing, institutional policies on OER and reflective practice. Working collaboratively we developed additional survey questions focused on specific areas of interest to the librarian community. This approach helped us to gather further data and provided a “snapshot” of current practice. Building on the work presented by Pitt, Graham & Zazani at OER14 this paper will examine some of the key findings from this research, which involved over 200 full- or part-time librarians, whilst reflecting on the contextual differences and issues librarians around the world face.

Speakers
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Nicole Allen

Hi! I'm Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for SPARC. I've devoted my career to advocating for open education to benefit students — starting back when I was an undergraduate student myself frustrated with expensive textbooks in the information-rich world we live in. My expertise... Read More →
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Steven J. Bell

Associate University Librarian, Temple University
I enjoy exploring the intersection of academic librarianship and higher education. I'm passionate about exploring how we design better library experiences for community members - and the ways we can better integrate the academic library into the teaching and learning that happens... Read More →
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Marilyn Billings

Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Libr, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Please talk with me about being on the Board of the LPC, the IMLS funded project to develop a curriculum for library publishing services, the UMass Amherst Open Education Initiative, membership in the Open Textbook Network, our digital repository ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst and related... Read More →
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Beck Pitt

Research Assistant, The Open University
Hi there! I'm a researcher on the Open Education Research Hub and Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) project at the Open University (UK). Find out more: http://oerresearchhub.org | | Come and talk to me about all things open and how we (the Hub) could help you... Read More →


Wednesday November 19, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Crystal Ballroom

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