24 April 2015

UNESCO Launched Open Access (OA) Curriculum and Self-Directional Learning (SDL) Modules for Researchers, Librarians and Library Schools

by Dr. Anup Kumar Das, Documentation Officer, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

In March 2015 UNESCO, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), has launched two sets of Open Access (OA) Curriculum and Self-Directional Learning (SDL) modules for researchers, librarians and library schools. Young and early-career researchers, and librarians affiliated to different academic and research institutions are the main target audience of these two distinct OA Curricula. These curricula are also aimed at capacity building, awareness raising and sensitization of the new global citizens. The OA curricula is produced in two distinct series, namely, (I) Open Access for Researchers, and  (II) Open Access for Library Schools. The researchers’ curriculum is an elaborative exploration of scholarly communications processes, concepts of openness and open access, intellectual property rights and research evaluation metrics, while the library schools’ curriculum has more insights on how library and information professionals would deal with advocating OA scholarly communications and managing OA resources in their institutions. The Researchers’ Curriculum consists of five modules whereas library schools’ curriculum consists of four modules. OA curriculum was prepared as an outcome of the project titled Development of Curriculum and Self-Directed Learning Tools for Open Access, led by CEMCA in New Delhi during 2013-14. All nine learning modules are freely available online with CC BY-SA license and downloadable from http://unesdoc.unesco.org. Out of the nine modules, eight modules were written by South Asian LIS educators and LIS practitioners, whereas one module was written by a South African LIS practitioner. Professor SB Ghosh of the IFLA RSCAO also served as one of the editors for these Modules.

Details of these Open Access Modules are listed below:

  • Scholarly Communications [Open Access for Researchers, 1]. Paris: UNESCO, 2015, ISBN: 9789231000782.
  • Concepts of Openness and Open Access [Open Access for Researchers, 2]. Paris: UNESCO, 2015, ISBN: 9789231000799.
  • Intellectual Property Rights [Open Access for Researchers, 3]. Paris: UNESCO, 2015, ISBN: 9789231000812.
  • Research Evaluation Metrics [Open Access for Researchers, 4]. Paris: UNESCO, 2015, ISBN: 9789231000829.
  • Sharing Your Work in Open Access [Open Access for Researchers, 5]. Paris: UNESCO, 2015, ISBN: 9789231000836.
  • Introduction to Open Access [Open Access for Library Schools, 1]. Paris: UNESCO, 2015, ISBN: 9789231000744. 
  • Open access Infrastructure [Open Access for Library Schools, 2]. Paris: UNESCO, 2015, ISBN: 9789231000751.
  • Resource Optimization [Open Access for Library Schools, 3]. Paris: UNESCO, 2015, ISBN: 9789231000768.

List of Modules

Asia and Oceania, Open access, UNESCO, Open access, Curriculum

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