UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organisation – has become an important player in the field of open educational resources. At its 39th General Conference in 2017, a resolution sets out a commitment to set out a recommendation to members on promoting OER.

IFLA has provided input to this work, underlining the need to ensure that access is democratic and inclusive, that copyright is not a barrier to use and development of OERs and that policies in place ensure respect for data protection and privacy.

IFLA also refers to the role of libraries as curators in OER, underlines the importance of copyright literacy for all relevant actors to ensure confidence in creating and using OERs, and strongly welcomes the recognition of libraries as having an important role in the sector. 

The submission is available in a pdf document, through comments and track changes.