Working groups

LIBER Educational Resources Working Group

Introduction

In these extraordinary days of online teaching and learning, librarians are supporting their faculty with educational resources. LIBER’s new working group aims to support European librarians in their role to provide educational resources, both open and online. 

Read more about this Working Group below.

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Rationale

  • As LIBER libraries are supporting research universities with collections and research support, during recent years their focus has broadened to supporting teaching and learning. At LIBER Annual Conferences we have seen growing interest in topics that address teaching and learning. A number of papers have addressed Open Educational Resources (OER), open education, student interaction (makerspaces) and information literacy.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented move to online teaching and rising demand for online educational resources. Many research librarians are working very hard to support their teachers with advice on licenses, finding and (re-)using resources and innovative methods for online interaction based on content (online feedback tooling etc.). There is a clear rise in the demand for OER and support for the creation and sharing of e-textbooks.
  • There are specific issues coming up when dealing with educational resources compared to research collections: the e-textbook market is a challenge, there are no consortium deals for educational content, resources come in different forms and shapes, language is a more important factor in education than it is in research, the diversity of the educational system throughout Europe, etc. While learning from developments supporting research, working with educational resources requires specific attention.

Librarians and Educational Resources

Libraries support their faculty with educational collections: on-site, online and/or open, as books, e-textbooks, coursepacks, educational platforms, video, in 3D or VR, etc. The WG on ER will help librarians with their support on how to find, use, create and share educational resources.

How to find

The discovery of educational content requires a different focus, with regards to educational level, language, quality assurance, and where to find it. Traditionally, libraries have always supported teaching with the provision of textbooks. Books on reading lists are available at the library, and teachers are supported when setting up the lists and choosing the right versions. For several years now, reading list software is taken into production in connection to library systems to help setting up the lists. But to find and make available all content that is consistent with the intended learning outcomes, requires more than the traditional library discovery.

How to use

What are restrictions in copyright when it comes to use of material in an educational environment? What can be used for what educational level? Can material be edited and re-used in a different setting? And can e-textbooks be bought only at enormous costs for single concurrent users or can we work together in changing publisher models?

How to create

Educational resources should not just transfer passive knowledge, but should seduce students into active learning and participation. What does that mean for the creation of educational material? Which pedagogical approaches can be applied? And how can we trust the quality, when peer review processes are not in place as they are in the publication process of research publications? There are many platforms and publishing tools that can help teachers create e-textbooks. The library can help setting up these platforms, offering support for using them and managing the content.

How to share

While teaching online, teachers create courses and content that is worth of being shared among colleagues. The library can help preserving newly created content, and can support sharing this content with the right licenses and copyright compliance. As OER repositories have existed for a long time already, use and demand have risen enormously, and librarians are needed to manage the repositories and help their faculty use them. Supporting open education through Open Educational Resources is a growing topic for librarians. While OER Librarian is a job title at libraries in the US, European libraries have started to work in this area as well. With practical support for creation, sharing and finding OER but also with strategy, lobby and policy building, making use of experiences in the field of Open Access/ Open Science.

Goals of the Working Group

The Working Group will help librarians with their support on how to find, use, create and share educational resources.

The new working group will set up knowledge exchange on library support for educational resources.

  • How to help teachers find useful materials
  • How to manage and re-use educational materials
  • How to bring new developments in educational content into the university

The WG would also work on the advancement of Open Educational Resources.

  • Promote the creation and use of OER
  • Support management and worldwide sharing of OER
  • Be ambassadors of including Open Education in Open Science programs.

Collaboration

The new LIBER working group will work together with the SPARC Europe-led European Network of Open Education Librarians (ENOEL) on achieving common Open Education goals and on their implementation. Both the LIBER working group and ENOEL support and promote Open Education messages in their networks. They will jointly focus on selected common activities and complementing each other’s work.

  • Collaboration

    Collaboration

    The new LIBER working group will work together with the SPARC Europe-led European Network of Open Education Librarians (ENOEL) on achieving common Open Education goals and on their implementation. Both the LIBER working group and ENOEL support and promote Open Education messages in their networks. They will jointly focus on selected common activities and complementing each other’s work.

  • Collaboration

    Collaboration

    The new LIBER working group will work together with the SPARC Europe-led European Network of Open Education Librarians (ENOEL) on achieving common Open Education goals and on their implementation. Both the LIBER working group and ENOEL support and promote Open Education messages in their networks. They will jointly focus on selected common activities and complementing each other’s work.

  • Collaboration

    Collaboration

    The new LIBER working group will work together with the SPARC Europe-led European Network of Open Education Librarians (ENOEL) on achieving common Open Education goals and on their implementation. Both the LIBER working group and ENOEL support and promote Open Education messages in their networks. They will jointly focus on selected common activities and complementing each other’s work.

  • Collaboration

    Collaboration

    The new LIBER working group will work together with the SPARC Europe-led European Network of Open Education Librarians (ENOEL) on achieving common Open Education goals and on their implementation. Both the LIBER working group and ENOEL support and promote Open Education messages in their networks. They will jointly focus on selected common activities and complementing each other’s work.

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