From local to global: sharing information literacy teaching as open educational resources
From local to global: open and
sustainable ways to sharing our
Dr Jane Secker and
Library Instruction West – Portland State University, 23-25 July 2014
From sharing to truly open
Questions to consider
▫ What might be the barriers to sharing?
▫ How can we share IL resources: locally or globally?
▫ How might a community of practice assist?
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. UNESCO 2012
Communities of practice are groups of people who
share a concern or a passion for something they
do and learn how to do it better as they interact
regularly. Etienne Wenger
How are you sharing your
Which sites do you use? Are they
open? What sorts of materials?
Who are you sharing with ? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ben_grey/4582294721/
How are you sharing your
teaching materials currently?
Which sites do you use?
Are they open? Are they OERs?
What type of resources?
Who are you sharing with?
• 35 members from 14 countries worldwide
• 19 links posted to English, Spanish, German and
French IL resources
• 53 discussion posts on 8 different topics
• Report, case study and post-project survey
• Strategy for sharing IL OERS produced
Project CoPILOT: outcomes
The OER international strategy
1. Prepare your resources to be OER and clearly licenced
2. Host your resources somewhere accessible
3. Choose generic resources to appeal to more than one
4. Use well established lists/websites and other
5. Have a clear plan of attack and TEST EVERYTHING
6. Have one of the project team take on the moderator
7. Encourage participation and contributions
8. Measure impact, survey your participants
• Read our strategy
Librarians and OERs: research findings
• Survey run in late 2013 by Dr Beck Pitt from the
OER Research Hub
• Backed up findings from an earlier survey by
Secker and Graham
• 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 librarians
• The resource being created or uploaded by a
reputable/trusted institution or person
• The resource being relevant to interests or needs
• The resource having a Creative Commons license
• Evidence of popularity
• Having previously used similar resource successfully
• Lots of detail of how to use the resource, learning objectives etc.
• Easy to download
Image: Microsoft clip art
Top three purposes for using OER by
• To help find available content for learning,
teaching or training
• To get new ideas and inspiration
• To enhance respondent's professional
• To stay up to date in a topic area
• Broaden resources available to my users/supplement
• To broaden my teaching methods
Librarians and OERs in the UK
• Growing interest following Jisc funding for OER
projects in UK universities (2009-2011)
• Several projects involved librarians advising on
copyright, establishing repositories
• Co-PILOT Group funded by CILIP Information
Literacy Group since 2010
▫ Aims to support librarians share their own
teaching materials and understand OERs
▫ Run training, mailing list, website
▫ Aims to develop a community of practice
Case Study 1: University of Northampton
• Skills Hub: information, digital, academic
• Winner of Credo Online Information Literacy
• Bite sized resources – many videos
• All OERs and licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA
• Aimed at their own staff to encourage them to
embed IL into the curriculum (online and f2f)
• Can be used by others
OERs elsewhere: LILAC delegates
• 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
• Czech Republic - IL group share resources and
tips using website. Need to update materials
regularly - time consuming
Case Study 2: University of Leeds
• Skills @ Leeds provides support for students in
information, digital and academic literacies
• Range of resources: PDFs, online tutorials etc.
• Also resources aimed at Uni of Leeds staff to
embed IL in teaching online
• Staff resources licenced under CC-BY-NC and
student resources are CC-BY-NC ND
• Won Credo Online IL Award in 2013
• Working in a group, read and discuss your
scenario and search Jorum to see what
resources you find.
• How might you use these materials?
• How would you evaluate the resources?
• Any issues or comments?
• How can librarians best share their teaching
• What role if there for a ‘community of
practice’ and online communities?
• How do we join up the emerging communities
to include librarians from around the world in
discussions and sharing of resources?
UK Community of Practice for
Information Literacy Online
Current Chair: Ella Mitchell
Find out more!
• Mailing list IL-OERS@jiscmail.ac.uk
• Twitter: @CoPILOT2013
Thanks for your participation!
Dr Jane Secker Nancy Graham
Part of the CILIP IL Group
CILIP Information Literacy Group (2014) Available at:
LSE (2012) Project CoPILOT. Available
Pitt, Beck (2014) Survey Results: Librarians and OER (Part I) Available at:
Russell, P. et al. 2013. Creating, sharing and reusing learning objects to
enhanceinformation literacy. Journal of Information Literacy, 7(2), pp. 60-
UNESCO (2012) Open Educational Resources. Available at:
Wenger, E. (1998) Communities of practice: learning, meaning, and identity.
Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
This workshop is led by two librarians from the UK who discuss the practicalities of building an international community of practice for sharing information literacy resources. The speakers are the leaders of Project CoPILOT (Community of Practice for Information Literacy Online Teaching), which was a joint initiative between the University of Birmingham, London School of Economics and the Information Literacy Section of UNESCO. The project focused on how to promote the sharing of IL resources internationally as open educational resources (OERs).
Project CoPILOT used existing OERs developed as part of the earlier DELILA (Developing Educators Learning and Information Literacies for Accreditation) project, and explored how to make best to use a platform hosted by UNESCO (WSIS Knowledge Communities), to share OERs and forge international links with practitioners. The project also developed a strategy for international collaboration which will be shared during the workshop.
The presenters will reflect on the success of this project and related work in the UK to share library instruction teaching materials. In the UK a Committee was established in 2013 which has run a number of face to face events for librarians. They have also explored the use of wikis, mailing lists and various websites such as Jorum in the UK, MERLOT, Primo and ANTS in North America, and the IFLA / UNESCO website Infolit Global (www.infolitglobal.info/en/).
The workshop will highlight findings from an international survey (Graham & Secker, 2012), which collected data on librarians current practices for sharing teaching materials and searching for OERs. Over 100 librarians responded, with the findings clearly demonstrating a need for training and greater awareness of OER. The findings echoed similar UK research (Bueno de la Fuente & Robertson, 2012 and Appleyard, 2012), building further evidence to support the need for an international community of practice.
During the presentation we will explore:
Results of CoPILOT activity - the growing body of evidence to support librarians sharing their own resources including data from surveys and feedback from face to face events
The emergent community – how can librarians from different countries discuss ideas around sharing and share resources in a practical way?
How can existing organisations such as IFLA and UNESCO help promote the sharing of IL OERs?
The session will include small group discussions on the issues such as key features of a successful community of practice, what we mean by ‘open’ when we share teaching materials and how to extend the emerging community to include practitioners from around the world in discussions and sharing of resources.
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: http://publications.cetis.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/OER-Libraries-Survey-Report.pdf
DELILA (Developing Educators Learning and Information Literacies for Accreditation) Project home page. Retrieved 1st November 2013 from http://delilaopen.wordpress.com/
Secker, J and Graham, N. (2012). Information Literacy Open Educational Resources: sharing best practice in the global context. UNESCO World Open Educational Resources Congress, 20-22 June. Retrieved 1st February, 2013 from http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/themes/graham_secker.pdf
Information literacy and OERs: history
DELILA Project and COPILOT Project
The CO-PILOT Committee
The UK’s Information Literacy Group (Nancy is Chair)
LILAC (Jane a Co-founder)
Journal of Information Literacy (Jane is Editor)
Librarians have been sharing resources for many years – we are good at collaboration!
Open is topical and relevant to librarians’ role
Open Access, Open Education, Open Education Resources, MOOCs
Definition of OERs?
Also to look at the role of online communities
We were really lucky in meeting all our objectives in just over a month.
Over 30 members from over 10 different countries
Lots of discussions and resources posted
We even had Amazon vouchers to give away as part of the budget.
As JISC/HEA specified outputs we now have a report, case study and strategy.
We also ran a post-project survey for participants on how they found using the WSIS platform and we’ve shared this with UNESCO
So what do we already know about librarians and open educational resources? Research completed at the end of last year
Here are some examples of work that is going on in the UK to develop information literacy OERs
Explain what Jorum is – highlight that is has a digital and information literacy collection
Already lots of repositories/communities out there, working successfully to one degree or another.
Also at LILAC we found out about work going on in Finland, New Zealand and the Czech Republic for librarians to share their teaching materials. Many were concerned about:
Where to put their resources
Sharing them locally vs globally
Keeping resources up to date if they are deposited vs linked to