FIRST STEPS BEFORE THE JUMP: UKRAINIAN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIANS SURVEY ABOUT OER

Authors

  • Tetiana O. KOLESNYKOVA Scientific and Technical Library, Dnipro National University of Railway Transport named after Academician V. Lazaryan (Dnipro), Ukraine https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4603-4375
  • Olena V. MATVEYEVA Scientific and Technical Library, Dnipro National University of Railway Transport named after Academician V. Lazaryan (Dnipro), Ukraine https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2616-0454

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15802/unilib/2021_248379

Keywords:

open educational resources, OER, librarians of Ukrainian universities, survey of librarians, awareness level of librarians

Abstract

Objective. The authors study: 1) the level of awareness of librarians of Ukrainian universities about Open Educational Resources (OER); 2) the ability of librarians to provide support services for the development, creation and use of OER in teaching, learning, research. Methods. The study was conducted by methods of analysis of professional literature, online survey (questionnaires) and analysis of the results. The questionnaires “Library of Higher Education Institution in Support of Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources” was distributed from 20.04. until 20.05.2021 among 137 directors of libraries of higher education institutions of Ukraine. Responses came from 77 libraries. The questionnaire consisted of 9 open-ended and closed-ended questions to allow researchers to get a holistic picture of the research process. Results. The analysis of 77 questionnaires showed that the vast majority of free HEI libraries in Ukraine have extensive experience in working with electronic educational resources. Ranking by resource type prove that 95.89% of library collections are the own generation resources (HEI authors): databases, incl. repositories. The concept of "Open Educational Resources" (OERs) is familiar and understandable to 84.42% of respondents. At the same time, 75.32% are already involved in supporting the OER. Librarians may catalog them (21.92%) or not catalog (32.88%). Among the OER types supported by librarians, educational materials (77.05%) and textbooks (55.74%) predominate. The closest partnership of librarians in OER support (except for teachers) is with the specialists of IT services (66.13%). Conclusions. Despite the still spontaneous, chaotic and little-studied nature of the library movement towards OER, librarians are well aware of this issue. At the same time, 96.1% of respondents want to improve their competencies in the direction of supporting open educational resources. This is very important, because it is the understanding and acceptance of OER that is crucial for a long-term vision of this movement. That is why specific aspects, such as organizational, economic, personnel and motivational, need urgent further study.

Author Biographies

Tetiana O. KOLESNYKOVA, Scientific and Technical Library, Dnipro National University of Railway Transport named after Academician V. Lazaryan (Dnipro)


PhD Social Sciences, Communication, Senior researcher, 
Director of the Scientific and Technical Library

Olena V. MATVEYEVA, Scientific and Technical Library, Dnipro National University of Railway Transport named after Academician V. Lazaryan (Dnipro)


Head of the Electronic Library Sector

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Published

2021-12-28

How to Cite

KOLESNYKOVA, T. O., & MATVEYEVA, O. V. (2021). FIRST STEPS BEFORE THE JUMP: UKRAINIAN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIANS SURVEY ABOUT OER. University Library at a New Stage of Social Communications Development. Conference Proceedings, (6), 96–107. https://doi.org/10.15802/unilib/2021_248379

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LIBRARY SERVICES FOR SCIENCE AND EDUCATION SUPPORT