SPARC Europe has released ‘Open Education in European Libraries of Higher Education’ — an in-depth report on the findings from a recent survey that was designed to help glean insights into the current OE landscape within higher education institutions and their libraries. The intent of this undertaking is to strengthen Open Education and Open Education Resources across Europe.
The report details the findings while including concrete recommendations for how libraries can act to increase OE and OER offerings within their own institutions.
In this survey and the resulting report, OE and OER have been defined as resources, tools and practices that are free of legal financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment.
With interest in OE growing, SPARC Europe, among other long-time Open advocates, views libraries as natural partners in helping drive OE and OER. Reason being: they have shown consistent leadership in opening up their research, developing policy and practices around Open Access, Open Scholarship and Open Science.
For an in-depth look at the survey results and a full review of the recommendations, download the report in full. The survey referenced here was developed by SPARC Europe in consultation with members of the European Open Education Librarian Network.
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