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BC Open Education Librarians



The BC Open Education Librarians (previously BCOER) is a grassroots group of BC post-secondary librarians interested in Open Education Resources (OER) who meet to discover and share ways to support the use of quality OER by faculty and students.

This group met initially in December 2013, after a few BC post-secondary librarians began to meet and share ideas, tools, and strategies on how they might support faculty in their adoption of open textbooks and OER. The resources and guides shared here is a result of this continuing provincial collaboration.

The group meets monthly virtually (by telephone or web conference) and shares it’s work on a Mediawiki space. The activities and work of the BC Open Education Librarians is supported by BCcampus. For more information or find out how you can get involved, contact Debra Flewelling, BCOEL Chair, flewellingd@douglascollege.ca or Brenda Smith, Chair-Elect, brsmith@tru.ca.  Follow this group’s happenings on Twitter #bcoer.

We would like to acknowledge the work and efforts of Leva Lee from BCcampus, who was instrumental in the creation of this group and whose tireless work ensured its continued growth.

Frame of Reference

(note this 2014 Frame of Reference is currently being updated)

Definition of Open Education Resources

Open Education Resources (OER) is a broadly defined term and includes resources related to the development of instruction. For the purpose of this project, OER will refer to open resources such as journal articles, books, associated course materials and AV materials such as streaming audio and video. At this time course development materials, such as instructional modules, course syllabi, presentation and quizzes, will not be included. (http://wiki.creativecommons.org/What_is_OER%3F)


The objective of the BC Open Education Librarians group is to develop a set of resources to support librarians in their interactions with faculty related to OER. The resources developed are meant to provide a single authoritative and sustainable space for all BC libraries in the identification and use of OER resources.


The BC Open Education Librarians group will focus on the education and professional development of librarians facilitating faculty members in using and/or developing OER.


Develop a process of identifying and assessing OER resources for use in research and instruction.

  • Develop a list of vetted resources by subject for referral
  • Develop faculty discussion points for librarians on the subtle differences between OER and OA and their uses in research and instruction
  • Provide and promote local events for professional development
  • Develop a guide to OER initiatives
  • Research OER assessment checklists and develop a brief outline
  • Compile a list of OER reuse and copyright/licensing information to leverage in future resources
  • Compile a list of OER professional development opportunities for librarians
  • Compile a list of OER initiatives for faculty involvement

Steering Committee

  • Brenda Smith, Open Education Librarian, Thompson Rivers University
  • Caroline Daniels, Systems Librarian, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Debra Flewelling, Open Education & Emerging Technologies Librarian, Douglas College
  • Erin Fields, Liaison Librarian and Flexible Learning Coordinator, UBC
  • Hope Power,Teaching & Learning Librarian, SFU Library
  • Inba Kehoe, Scholarly Communications, Librarian/Copyright Officer, University of Victoria
  • Kevin Stranack, Public Knowledge Project, Community Services & Learning Coordinator
  • Lin Brander, Librarian, Electrical & Electronics Collections Coordinator, BCIT
  • Lindsay Tripp, Copyright Librarian, Langara College
  • Martin Warkentin, Copyright Librarian, University of the Fraser Valley
  • Rosario Passos, Advisor, Open Education, BCcampus

We gratefully acknowledge the work of BC Open Education Librarian members who are no longer active with our group:

  • Ju Dee Ang, UBC School of Library & Archival Studies (SLAIS) Professional Library student
  • James Murphy, SLAIS Co-op Student (Information & Instruction, SFU Library)
  • Stephanie Savage, SLAIS  Student Volunteer
  • Devin Soper, formerly of UBC Library
  • Amanda Wanner, SLAIS UBC Student/Librarian