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Librarians and OER

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 !