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Open Access and libraries: Open Educational Resources

This guide is aimed at to brief students on what Open access is, its role in libraries.The guide will future go on to outline the benefits of open access to students and more specifically Libraries (Public) .

Useful articles to look at

Open Educational Resources

Author: Ann Marcus-QuinnYvonne Diggins Affiliation: University of Limerick, Ireland Limerick
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, v93 (2013-10-21): 243-246
Database: ScienceDirect
This paper focuses on the significant developments in the area of open education, in particular the role that Open Educational Repositories (OER) can play in higher education, teaching, learning and scholarship. The National Digital Learning Resources service (NDLR) in Ireland is presented as a case study of a best practice model for such an OER service.

Open Educational Resources

Author: Melissa Mallon
Publisher: Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: Public Services Quarterly, v11 n4 p270-278 2015
Database: ERIC The ERIC database is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education.
One particular topic likely on the minds of many university faculty, staff, and administrators starting a new academic year is budgets. While budget constraints are nothing new to libraries, many academic departments are starting to see more cuts in areas of faculty research and curriculum development. Academic libraries are in a prime position to develop innovative methods of supporting their stakeholders, even with limited budgets. One model that has been gaining traction over the last several years is "Open Educational Resources" (OERs). OERs can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes. This article provides a list of free, online websites, and resources relevant to current issues in academic libraries to make the lives of public services librarians easier

What is Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources can be defined as free and open digital publications of high quality materials organized as course that includes lecturers, related reading materials, snapshots of discussions, assignments, evaluations, used in academic environments such as universities, training institutions, schools and colleges.

Access to these resources radically breaks down barriers to quality of education and allows free course material that is prepared and evaluated by experts