From local to global: sharing good practice in information literacy - Nancy Graham, Jane Secker, Darren Flynn & Siobhan Burke
From local to global: sharing
good practice in Information
Nancy Graham, Ella Mitchell, Jane Secker, Darren
Flynn and Siobhan Burke
LILAC – 24th
Why share Information Literacy
resources via a CoP?
Librarians as OER advocates
• Leading by example
• Gaining new expertise by adapting and sharing our
• Builds on core librarian skills: licensing, copyright,
finding quality resources (information literacy)
• Highly established profession with strong networks
OER Research Hub Survey
• Run in November/December 2013 by Dr Beck Pitt
from the OER Research Hub
• Over 300 librarian respondents
• Headline statistics…
Top three challenges for using OER
• Knowing where to find resources
• Finding resources of sufficiently high quality
• Finding suitable resources in my subject area
• Not having enough time to look
• Technology problems
• Finding up to date resources
Top three reasons for selecting one
particular OER over another
• The resource being created or uploaded by a
reputable/trusted institution or person
• The resource being relevant to my particular interests/needs
• The resource having a Creative Commons license
• Evidence of popularity
The being recently created
Having previously used this resource successfully
Lots of detail of how to use the resource, learning objectives etc.
Easy to download
Top three purposes for using OER in
context of Librarian role
• To help find available content for learning, teaching
• To get new ideas and inspiration
• To enhance respondent's professional development
• To stay up to date in a topic area
• Broaden resources available to my users/supplement existing
• To broaden my teaching methods
How can we make this happen?
• Developing online communities/a community of
▫ Building librarian OER advocacy role?
▫ Online activities to encourage participation/contribution
▫ Comms channels?
▫ Other CoP functions
▫ Face to face events?
▫ Support from international organisations?
• In Finland: seminar in sharing best practices - doubts
about collecting material in one place as don't keep
up to date. Sharing ideas is useful
• New Zealand - online hub for IL. Academics want a
collection of IL resources to pick and choose. But
should it be open access or just one institution?
• Czech Republic - IL group share resources and tips.
Need to update materials regularly - time consuming
• Sub-group of CILIP IL Group
• Set up in November 2012
• Aim: to support UK librarians in sharing openly
• Two events at University of Surrey and Glasgow Caledonian
• Mailing list IL-OERS@jiscmail.ac.uk
• Twitter: @CoPILOT2013
•More training events for 2014/2015
•Work on the online CoP
•Various conferences including OER14, HEA
conference, Library Instruction of the West, Portland,
Jorum’s Information and Digital
Literacy Skills collection
Support for sharing
• Schools - TES - area for sharing IL? But should we separate this out as
librarians area or use teachers area?
• Too many platforms? People not using existing platforms
• Out of date material on platforms, too large
• Sharing with a local community or same subject domain a benefit
• Skillswise for sharing FE English/maths resources- some IL there.
• Scottish Government resources - shared via a blog
• Signposting exercise - this would be useful
• Support in confidence building, support for the platform, support for
changing your workflows
• Workflows - look at offline practices to model the community - how do
we do this. Person to person, making connections
• Nancy Graham
• Jane Secker
• Siobhan Burke
• Darren Flynn
Already lots of repositories/communities out there, working successfully to one degree or another.