Do you work with collections at a university library and want to know more about open educational resources (OER) and the way they can influence the development of the collection at your library? Then register for this webinar!

When: October 5, 2022
Where: online
Starting Time: 1600 CEST, 1500 GMT, 0700 PDT
Duration: 90 min


This webinar is targeted towards librarians who work with or have an interest in collection development and management at university libraries. We hope to prompt thinking about the topic generally and consider how those who work in acquisitions/collections might integrate OER resources into their work. Anyone who would like to learn more about the relationship between OER and library collections is also welcome.


The following speakers will each give a 15 minute presentation about OER in relation to other collection development activities at their institution or country:

  • Cécile Swiatek (University of Paris Nanterre Library, France)
  • Ezra Shiloba Gbaje (Federal University Lokoja, Nigeria)
  • Erin Fields (University of British Columbia Library, Canada)
  • Mira Buist-Zhuk (University of Groningen Library, Netherlands)
More about the speakers and their presentations


Cécile Swiatek Cassafieres

Cécile Swiatek Cassafieres

Bio: Cécile Swiatek Cassafieres is Director of the library of the University of Paris Nanterre, France. Member of the Executive Board of the European league of research libraries ( and SPARCEurope. She takes a curious and critical look at Open Education issues through her work at SPARCEurope, OEGlobal and with the UNESCO.  Since 2021, she has been mandated as a permanent national expert on Open Educational Resources (OER) in the French International Open Science Network (ReiSo) for the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI). Take a look at Cécile’s LinkedIn and Orcid Profile here.

Presentation outcomes: Cecile will sketch up the general OER definition(s) and landscape for libraries, focusing on UNESCO recommendation and the five areas of action. What opportunities do OERs when developing resources and collections? What is the role and expertise of libraries in integrating OERs to collections or to teaching & learning digital environment? Why, what and how can librarians position OERs in the library’s strategy?

Mira Buist-Zhuk

Mira Buist-Zhuk

Bio: Mira is an Academic Information Specialist at the University of Groningen Library (the Netherlands). She leads the Open Education pillar of the University’s Open Science program and is actively engaged in building services and infrastructure to support teachers in the area of open educational resources, open textbook publishing, and related copyright issues. You can find Mira’s contact details here.

Presentation outcomes: What skills do you need to bring “open” into collection development at your library? How do you engage with open practices as a collection specialist to utilize the transformative potential of OER and respond to the challenges in your field? In this presentation, Mira Buist-Zhuk, an academic information specialist in OER at the University of Groningen Library, will outline the skill set from the UNESCO OER competence framework and how it relates to the effective use and integration of OER at our academic institutions. The good news? You already know and can do more than you think!

More info about the others speakers will follow soon!