Sharing information literacy resources as OERs


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Presentation given at ALISS Summer Conference in July 2013 on the CoPILOT sub-group which provides a community of practice for librarians to share their information literacy resources

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  • Overview Definition of Information Literacy Project team Background (BRUM, CaRILLO and DELILA) Survey Existing sites Project aims Community of practice Challenges Next steps
  • Existing model requires people to upload material into a central repository. Looking at possibilities to ‘ harvest ’ content from a variety of sources around the world. We know there are lots of OER repositories e.g. Jorum, Merlot, Primo, OER Commons etc. Need to identify all the places that people currently use to share their OERs to join this up Is there some way we can build a collection of OERs about information literacy? Previous projects: BRUM, CaRILLO, previous LILAC symposium in 2008.
  • Brain storm for 5 minutes in pairs Is it always a good thing to share? Three reasons why it ’ s good Three problems or challenges sharing presents
  • 1. Respondents share internally or send material directly to others via email 2. Don ’ t know how to share and don ’ t know enough about copyright issues NB – note how few were worried about others seeing their work 3. Would like to use LO repository although this one was split evenly So, what did we do next…
  • Just as the Committee was getting off the ground, the HEA called to see if we wanted to run a project. 2 months timescale to lead on from current work and DELILA project. Aim was to internationalise promotion of OER We used several mailing lists to promote project and ask for participation. We had already started working with UNESCO in 2012 on IL OER and therefore we utilised their WSIS platform for the project. We had 3 simple activities for participants, upload a link to resources, take part in discussions and show how you would re-use a resource.
  • Held a CoPILOT day at Birmingham for further in-depth discussions with respondents and other interested librarians. We also knew from a previous symposium at LILAC that librarians really wanted a CoP to discuss and share ideas. The main aim/outcome of this meeting was to form a committee with clear remit to support, primarily but not exclusively, UK librarians in sharing their teaching resources. Now have 10 committee members. Mailing list has over 250 members from all over the world Wiki has several editors uploading useful links and sharing information. JISC Good Intentions report (2008) highlighted importance of CoP – same curricula encourages sharing Librarians in UK with interest in IL have LILAC and CSG-Information Literacy Group Other existing groups in US, Ireland etc. Use WSIS Knowledge Communities platform CoPILOT Committee provide support
  • Work in pairs/fours again for 15 mins then feedback
  • What would be a suitable set of terms to describe information literacy globally? Could resources be organised by UNESCO ’ s Media and Information Literacy Curriculum
  • Sharing information literacy resources as OERs

    1. 1. CoPILOT: sharing information literacy resources for researchers Nancy Graham (University of Birmingham) Dr Jane Secker (London School of Economics)
    2. 2. Who are we? • Dr Jane Secker ▫ Copyright & Digital Literacy Advisor at London School of Economics and Political Science ▫ Previous IL OER projects include JISC funded DELILA ▫ Editor of Journal of Information Literacy • Nancy Graham ▫ Subject Librarian at University of Birmingham ▫ Chair of CILIP IL Group ▫ Previous IL RLO projects include BRUM, CaRILLO and DELILA
    3. 3. What are OERs? • UNESCO definition: Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows for free use, adaptation, and distribution.
    4. 4. How do OERs fit in with other open stuff? • Complementary to Open Access, MOOCs and Research Data Management • All resources can sit within same platform (institutional repository) • Librarian has a role with all of these open educational trends • We can lead by example – share our own stuff!
    5. 5. Why share Information Literacy resources?
    6. 6. Background: DELILA • Developing Educators Learning and Information Literacies for Accreditation • Cross institutional project to adapt digital and IL resources to OER • Improved institutional repositories hosted material • Encouraged academics to share • Highlighted a range of challenges when sharing IL resources as OER • Project website:
    7. 7. Background: April 2012 survey • To gather information about librarians’ sharing of IL teaching material • April 2012 for one month • 101 responses from UK, Europe, US and beyond • Findings indicate closed sharing • Willingness to share openly but don’t know where to start • Available at
    8. 8. Survey findings
    9. 9. Project CoPILOT: • Funded by JISC / HEA and aimed to develop a strategy to promote international sharing • Part of JISC/HEA UKOER Phase 3 Programme • 2 month timescale • Exploited UNESCO Knowledge Communities platform • Posted links to IL material • Discussions on OER and Creative Commons
    10. 10. CoPILOT Committee • Established as a sub-group of the CILIP Information Literacy Group in December 2012 • Aim: to support UK librarians in sharing IL resources openly • Aims for 2013…… • Mailing list • Wiki: • Twitter: @CoPILOT2013
    11. 11. Sharing research support materials • Key priority and new opportunity for academic libraries • Not a critical mass of resources in the area yet • Need for professional development for librarians – new roles, new skills • Building on existing librarian expertise
    12. 12. Where and how to share? • Is it feasible to share ‘research support’ resources by uploading them to repositories such as Jorum, Merlot? • Should resources by organised by subject / institution / country / topic / level • Links or deposit?
    13. 13. Progress so far • CoPILOT training event (more to follow) ▫ raising awareness about Creative Commons ▫ Advice about where to find existing materials • Slides available: • Creating an online space to share • Encouraging and supporting the development of a community of practice
    14. 14. Questions? • What type of IL resources are most useful? Slides, lesson plans, worksheets, reading lists? • How should IL resources be catalogued and organised? • Where should they be deposited or shared? • What role is there for institutional repositories? • What sort of training for research support librarians should CoPILOT be running?
    15. 15. Get involved! • Join IL-OERS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK • Join us at Twitter: @CoPILOT2013 • Join our wiki: (note this site will eventually be replaced by our new online community with greater functionality)
    16. 16. Research support OERs • MI512 Programme in LSE Learning Resources Online and in Jorum • RDMRose - • RILADS - • RIN Data management • DCC -
    17. 17. Further reading Appleyard, S. (2012) A Survey of sharing and reuse of Information Literacy resources across Higher Education Libraries in the United Kingdom. Aberdeen; Robert Gordon University. Boon, S., Bueno de la Fuente, G. & Robertson, J. (2012) The roles of librarians and information professionals in Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives. Bolton; CETIS. Available at: Graham, N. & Secker, J. (2012) Librarians, information literacy and open educational resources: report of a survey. Available at: Secker, Jane (2012) Digital literacy support for researchers: the personalised approach. In: Priestner, Andy and Tilley, Elizabeth, (eds.) Personalising library services in higher education: the boutique approach. Ashgate, Farnham, UK, pp. 107-125. Available at: