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SPARC Europe releases ‘Open Education in European Libraries of Higher Education’ report -

SPARC Europe has announced the publication of the report, Open Education in European Libraries of Higher Education: Implementing the UNESCO Recommendation on OER.

The report presents the findings of the third edition of the annual survey of European academic libraries on the topic of Open Education (OE) and Open Educational Resources (OER). It explores the work being done by European academic librarians to implement the UNESCO OER Recommendation, almost three years on from its initial publication in November 2019.

The 2022 survey is structured according to the five areas of action/objectives of the UNESCO OER Recommendation (indicated below) and includes detailed recommendations for each objective:

Objective 1 — Building capacity; Objective 2 — Developing supportive policies; Objective 3 — Encouraging diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) access to quality OER; Objective 4 — Sustaining OER; and Objective 5 — Promoting and reinforcing international collaboration.

This report also compares and contrasts differences with last year’s survey results.

The report reveals that awareness of the UNESCO Recommendation has increased year-on-year – particularly this year – with libraries taking more action. On the one side, libraries are becoming more involved in OE policymaking, and on the other, they are becoming more involved in OE support and implementation.

Nevertheless, many libraries still need to decide on what role to take in this environment. Building capacity in this area in libraries is still a priority, and this includes leadership skills, which is still one of the library’s key challenges in this area. Furthermore, a critical area of importance in Europe is the need for more targeted work to address DEI effectively in OE and OER work, which is still limited. A lack of resources and few opportunities to engage projects, partly due to few grant funding opportunities, will stand in the way of accelerating open education.

More action will be taken to open up Higher Education when libraries continue to collaborate together and with other departments, teachers and learners for more equal access to high quality education.

Click here to read the original press release.

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