Washington’s Community College Libraries have received a grant from the IMLS (through the State Library) to pursue Libraries as Open Education Leaders. The introductory meeting on November 7, 2014 was attended by 26 colleges. Guest Speaker Nicole Allen from SPARC talked about the need for an advocacy plan and organized approach as one tried to implement OER (or anything else) on a campus. Several college libraries have applied for a grant to develop an advocacy plan, and 16 of them will be working on this Winter Quarter 2015. Beginning Winter Quarter, schools which already have an advocacy plan for OER will be applying for grants to develop more Open Resources. Stay Posted!
The Library as Open Education Leader (LOEL) grant project is a collaboration between the WA Library Leadership Council and College Librarians & Media Specialists (CLAMS) with support from the E-Learning Council and State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC). The grant is funded by the WA Office of the Secretary of State and Institute of Museum and Library Services.