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Librarians and OER

created using World Startup Report template
published by Eleni Zazani

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Librarians  &  OER 2014  

Survey Results

Participants

Live in the UK

Ghana

USA

218

40.0% 

47.4% 

3.3% 

89.4% of respondents have English as their first spoken language

25.3% respondents had worked as a librarian for more than 20 years 

Canada

3.3%

Botswana, South Africa, Italy, Lebanon, Czech Republic, Tanzania

6.0%

Demographics

OER Use

78.7%

Respondents have used OER

Top three challenges faced...

...when using OER:

1

Knowing where to find resources

2

Finding resources of a sufficiently high quality

3

Finding suitable subject-specific resources

Creative Commons Licensing

70.6%

were aware of the CC logo and knew what it meant

17.0%

had never seen the CC logo 

12.4%

had  seen the CC logo but didn’t know what it meant

Participants

Perceptions of the OER Impact

LIBRARIANS  BELIEVE THAT ... 

POINT 1:

Over 50% of respondents think that their institution benefits financially by using OER 

HOWEVER, 

60.8% of respondents who create OER do not measure the impact of the OER they create

what constitutes “measuring impact" ?

40.9%  don't know if their Institution benefits financially by using OER

53.5 % Institutional Benefit

51.2% of respondents don’t know whether their students have saved money by using OER

37.7 % of respondents believe their students  have saved money  by using OER

Measuring IMPACT

Analytics

Feedback

Analytics & feedback

60.9% look at statistics/usage/analytics

26.1% Both analytics and feedback

13.0% Feedback

What kinds of policies would help you to be more open?

Recognition

Skills

“Recognition for the impact of OER’s we create … This might incentivise us to create resources which are more reusable and can be exploited by the wider academic community instead of everybody reinventing the wheel for their local users.”

“I don’t have much in the way of graphic or web design skills. If I did, I’d be more likely to make my own resources and share them.”  

Licensing

Institutional Culture

“It’s more about a cultural shift and a holistic approach – policies are limited.”

“If open licenses were mandated for all materials the college produces. If administrators were more understanding of licensing and open source. My institution is still in the habit of defaulting to expensive corporate products even when superior open ones are available.”  

Summary

LACK OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN STARTUP COMMUNITIES

of librarians are more likely to select a particular resource if it had been created/uploaded by a reputable institution or person.

Many librarians are  working in “silos”

87.4%

These findings are preliminary. More granular examination is needed !