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A new framework to guide OER curation leadership

Curation is one of our Shared Foundations. It is also identified as a leadership area on the Future Ready Librarians Framework. But what does it look like when the school librarian really dives into digital curation? And what does it look like when the librarian, armed with a rich OER toolkit, regularly curates urgently needed, […]

Open Library gets even more open

Created in 2006 by a team led by Aaron Swartz and Brewster Kahle, Open Library is an Internet Archive project developed to present one web page for every book ever published.  This wiki approach to a catalog encourages new information as well as corrections from the user community. Recent enhancements allow for even more openness. […]

Amazon Inspire’s relaunch

Following a year of retooling, the Amazon Inspire digital library reopened in public Beta this week. Offering a familiar, filtered Amazon search/shopping interface, Inspire allows educators to discover, download, curate and share Open Educational Resources (OER). Over the past year, Amazon Education has been working with groups of educators, including the Maryland State Department of Education and the […]

Boundless as a free text option

Boundless is a new, free open source textbook replacement or alternative service designed for university students. But it may be a part of the solution for many of us in high schools unable to keep up with the rising cost of textbooks and the aging of our own limited print resources. The service connects college […]

Coursera launches with new OER strategies

Lifelong learners everywhere start cheering. I just added Coursera to our list of open educational resources (OER).  But in several exciting ways this one is very different. Courses are free and are offered by top universities: Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UM Ann Arbor, and U of Pennsylvania. But where past efforts archived lengthy video lectures […]