Open Education

In 2018, CARL identified open education leadership as an important area for capacity building within its institutions. In 2019, CARL issued a Statement on Open Education that describes its commitment to building capacity for open education within Canadian libraries and advocating for funding for OERs.

As a result of several meetings and discussions, as well as consultation with open education librarian leaders, CARL identified a number of activities and programs designed to bolster this emerging area of practice and support the development of national leadership in this arena. The Open Education Working Group (OEWG) will offer experienced insight towards ensuring ongoing relevance of CARL’s open education activities, and towards creating high-quality opportunities for librarians to develop capacity and leadership skills in open education.

OEWG Documents and Activities:

OEWG Working Documents:

The working documents are used by the working group as “living documents” that will be continually edited and updated.

Regular updates:

August 2019


Joy Kirchner, Dean of Libraries, York University (chair)
Lise Brin, Program Officer, CARL
Erin Fields, Liaison Librarian and Flexible Learning Coordinator, UBC, and CARL VPO for Open Education
Nicole Askin, Liaison Librarian – Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Virtual Library, University of Manitoba
Michelle Brailey, Digital Initiatives Projects Librarian, University of Alberta
Mélanie Brunet, Copyright Services Librarian, University of Ottawa
Dianne Cmor, Associate University Librarian, Teaching & Learning, Concordia University
Rosarie Coughlan, Scholarly Publishing Librarian, Queen’s University
Caroline Daniels, Systems Librarian, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Jean-François Durnin, bibliothécaire | sciences de l’éducation, Université de Montréal
Christie Hurrell, Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Calgary
Manisha Khetarpal, Continuing and Open Education Team Lead, Maskwacis Cultural College
Ann Ludbrook, Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ryerson University
Laurie Morrison, Head, Liaison Services, Brock University
Olga Perkovic, Research and Advanced Studies Librarian, McMaster University
Hope Power, Teaching & Learning Librarian, Simon Fraser University
Stephanie Quail, Business Librarian, York University
Ann Smith, OER Co-ordinator, Acadia University
Ali Versluis, Open Educational Resources Librarian, University of Guelph
Lauri Aesoph, Manager Open Education, BCcampus (resource)
Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC (resource)
Lillian Hogendoorn, Digital Access and OER Lead, eCampus Ontario (resource)