Announcing CARL’s Visiting Program Officer and Working Group for Open Education

Ottawa, March 8, 2019. – CARL is pleased to announce the knowledgeable and diverse team that will support its program of bilingual initiatives to strengthen the open education community within Canada’s academic libraries.

First, we would like to welcome Erin Fields, who will be leading CARL’s open education efforts while on a one-year part-time secondment in the newly created role of Visiting Program Officer for Open Education.

For the past four years Erin, who is Liaison Librarian in the humanities and social sciences and Flexible Learning Coordinator at the University of British Columbia, has engaged in partnerships related to open education including open badge credentials, Wikipedia-based assignments and edit-athons, open education practices, and content curation for open repositories. She has played an important role in the BC Open Education Librarians network, a service for librarians and academics requesting guidance and support in engaging in open education practices including open textbook adoptions and creation. Erin was one of the 2018 BCcampus Research and Advocacy Fellows and is currently finishing her research on critical information literacy intersections with open pedagogy.

As part of her role as VPO, Erin will work closely with Joy Kirchner (Dean of Libraries, York University), who will chair CARL’s equally new Open Education Working Group. This group, which brings together librarians from post-secondary institutions across the country, will provide experienced input and advice to guide CARL’s open education initiatives.

Members of the CARL Open Education Working Group:

Joy Kirchner, Dean of Libraries, York University
Nicole Askin, Liaison Librarian – Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Virtual Library, University of Manitoba
Michelle Brailey, Digital Initiatives Projects Librarian, University of Alberta
Lise Brin, Program Officer, CARL
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
Erin Fields, Liaison Librarian in the humanities and social sciences and Flexible Learning Coordinator, UBC, and CARL VPO for OER
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, Academic Librarian, Acadia University
Ali Versluis, Open Educational Resources Librarian, University of Guelph
Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC (resource)
Lillian Hogendoorn, Digital Access and OER Lead, eCampus Ontario (resource)

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CARL members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries as well as two national libraries. Enhancing research and higher education are at the heart of its mission. CARL develops the capacity to support this mission, promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

For more information, please contact:
Lise Brin, Program Officer, CARL-ABRC