Posted by: bluesyemre | August 22, 2012

The role of libraries and librarians in OER initiatives

  • Gema Bueno de la Fuente of the University Carlos III of Madrid reports on the outputs of a survey, undertaken with R. John Robertson (formerly of CETIS, University of Strathclyde) and Stuart Boon, (formerly of CAPLE, University of Strathclyde), on the role of libraries and librarians in OER initiatives. The main objectives of the study were to gain insight into the level of involvement and commitment of the library as an organizational unit, and of individual librarians and other information science specialists in OER projects. More specifically, it sought to identify their primary roles and responsibilities, whether they already had relevant expertise or, on the contrary, whether they needed further training to meet project requirements. The study also looked at the level of integration of OER initiatives, particularly their content, into library resources and services. The ultimate aim was to recognize and highlight the opportunities for libraries and librarians to be involved in and contribute to OER initiatives, and the advantages that their involvement offered to these projects.

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