In September, the leadership team for LOEL started planning next steps in a multi-year journey that will help librarians statewide develop our skills in open education planning, development, adoption, and advocacy. The LOEL LSTA grant project, with funding provided by the WA Office of the Secretary of State and IMLS, kicks off on November 7th with a workshop on open education advocacy and planning, at Tacoma Community College. It’ll offer us a chance to talk all things open, while taking the first steps in completing the annual grant activities. More details, and an agenda, will be available in late September.
The grant also invites twenty WA-CTC libraries to apply for mini-grants to develop open education advocacy and promotion plans. The grant will also fund ten subject faculty-librarian partnerships to adopt open courses next spring. We will also spend this year designing a professional development course for librarian open education advocates.
Please watch the LLC and CLAMS lists for more information about the LOEL grant. We’re looking forward to your involvement.