Best practices for Open Educational Resources collection development

1. Enhancing the Discoverability of Open Textbooks: The European Initiative of the LIBER Education Resources Working Group (PDF of presentation)
There are specific issues coming up when dealing with educational publications, compared to research collections: There are no consortium deals for educational content, resources come in different forms and shapes, language is a more important factor in education than it is in research, and publishers have increasingly restrictive and costly models of provision. In this discussion we want to present the status quo and the findings of our two first work packages
on open textbooks in the LIBER educational resources working group, that is:
1) Discoverability and collection curation
2) Measuring and assessing impact
Tamara Pianos, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany

2. Open Educational Resources for inclusivity, accessibility and affectivity: the case of Institutional Repository (RIUD) of Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas (PDF of presentation)
For the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas it is important to defend sexual rights, ethnic minorities, but it is also key to ensure all measures for people with physical, cognitive, hearing, visual and mobility differences or diversities. This is why our 9 libraries and 2 documentation centers are committed to these actions and, together with the Centro Acacia, that works together to generate and improve accessible and affective learning environments that favor academic performance and minimize student dropout from our university, we established actions to provide Open Educational Resources on aspects of inclusion, accessibility and affection for our university community.
Cristian Alejandro Chisaba Pereira, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia

3. Preservation of OER within Library Collections in selected academic libraries in Nigeria (PDF of presentation)
Open Educational Resources (OER) are becoming increasingly popular as a means to provide affordable and accessible educational materials. Libraries play a crucial role in the dissemination and preservation of OER. However, ensuring the long-term preservation of OER within library collections can be challenging due to various factors such as technological changes, copyright restrictions, and the dynamic nature of OER content. This paper proposes a framework for ensuring the preservation of OER within library collections. The framework is based on three main strategies: the use of standardized metadata for OER, the adoption of open standards and formats and the implementation of preservation strategies that incorporate both technology and human interventions.
Adefunke Sarah Ebijuwa, Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Nigeria

4. Free or not free? That is the Question: Discovery and access is the answer! (PDF of presentation)
The Library of Congress has amassed a wealth of freely accessible open educational electronic resources recommended over the years by subject specialist librarians and ingested into the Electronic Resource Online Catalog (EROC) on the public facing website by metadata librarians. These open electronic resources cover a wide range of languages, cultural and regional studies, and academic subject disciplines, Researcher discovery of these free resources is challenging and frequently overlooked. This presentation will examine how the collection librarian finds free open electronic resources, evaluates and recommends them through a rigorous trial and evaluation procedure.
Joan Weeks, Library of Congress, United States