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 |

Mark Your Calendars for OER Week 2016!

Open Education Week 2016 has now been scheduled for March 7-11, 2016

Open Education Week 2016 has now been scheduled for March 7-11, 2016.

You can learn about Open Education Week and view their archives from past years at the Open Education Week website.

If you want to help plan activities or events for CLAMS, please contact me and I will set you up on the Planning OER Week channel.  Let’s make this a great year for OER Washington!

2016 OER WEEK logo

New federal initiative to support OER

President Obama recently announced a new initiative to promote open education, part of a more general commitment to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) plan.

The new open education initiative includes some action items such as pilot programs that use OER to support learning, and launching a new online skills academy in an effort designed to “Promote open educational resources, to help teachers and students everywhere.”

More info:

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