CORA (Community of Open Research Assignments)

This came across the OpenWA listserv, but I think it should get some broader dissemination.  If you are looking for Information Literacy assignments that you are clearly legally free to take or modify – then check out this repository: 

Community of Online Research Assignments

an open access resource for faculty and librarians


The librarians at Loyola Marymount University are excited to announce the launch of CORA, the Community of Open Research Assignments. CORA is on online, open-access [CC BY NC SA] platform of librarian and faculty contributed assignments, lesson plans, and activities that engage with information literacy concepts and practices. The site is currently in beta and our goal is to develop CORA into an online platform that extends information literacy pedagogy beyond the one-shot and opens a space to cultivate a virtual community of practice surrounding information literacy pedagogy among librarians and faculty.

We are inviting librarians and faculty who may be interested in sharing their information literacy assignments, activities, and or lesson plans under a creative commons license to become a contributor on the CORA platform. 

Becoming a CORA contributor also gives you the ability to respectfully comment on and generate discussions with other CORA contributors surrounding individual contributions. If you are interested in becoming a contributor, you can do so here:

 The development of CORA was funded by a SCELC Project Initiatives Fund grant and is currently in beta. We are seeking useful feedback from our users to help improve the site functionality and assess its viability. We hope that whether or not you decide to become a contributor, you will fill our short feedback survey or send your thoughts to  


All the best,

Susan Gardner Archambault, Head of Reference & Instruction | Lindsey McLean, Instructional Design Librarian
William H. Hannon Library | Loyola Marymount University| 310 338 7488 |

Libraries as Open Education Leaders (LOEL) – We got the money!!

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.

For more information about LOEL please contact Quill West, or Sharon Winters,

Launch of Open Access Workflows for Academic Librarians (OAWAL)

Given the rapid expansion of open access content both by commercial entities and academic institutions, Graham Stone, University of Huddersfield and Jill Emery, Portland State University have created a wiki/blog encapsulating the major building blocks of open access management in the academic library settingThe intention of OAWAL is that it will be an openly accessible wiki/blog site for librarians working on the management of open access content. We hope that librarians can build on OAWAL to create context sensitive workflows at their given institutions.

We are crowdsourcing feedback from the scholarly communication community currently working with open access management to see if these concept overviews are of value and if there are others that should be included.

You can find OAWAL at:

You can submit feedback to this project via the comments sections of the blog or directly via email to Graham Stone<> or Jill Emery<> We also encourage anyone who has existing workflows in place to share these with us in order to help build a repository of OA management examples.

We will also be hosting roundtable discussions on this project at ER&L, if attending please join us for this discussion: Introducing OAWAL: crowdsourcing best practices for open access workflows in academic libraries. In: Electronic Resources & Libraries 2014, 16-19 March 2014, AT&T Conference Center Austin, Texas. We hope you find this wiki/blog helpful and we look forward to receiving your feedback.

All the best,

Graham & Jill

From: Jill Emery <>
Date: Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 4:54 PM
Subject: [collib-l] Launch of Open Access Workflows for Academic Librarians (OAWAL)