In order to share your materials openly, you will need to attach an open licence. This allows you to specify how others can reuse your content.
Creative Commons (CC) is the most commonly used licence, and is very easy to implement. There are a number of different Creative Commons licences, which grant various levels of permission for re-use. The basic, most open, licence is CC-0, which allows anyone to reuse and adapt for any purpose, with no need to attribute the original author. The Creative Commons website includes a helpful tool to help you choose which licence to use for your content.
As well as selecting the appropriate licence, you will also need ensure that you have permission to use any third party content that is included in your resource. If you don’t have permission to use this content, you will need to seek permission or remove that content. For more information on seeking permissions, see the UK Copyright Service’s advice pages.
Before sharing your content under an open licence, it is sensible to check if your organisation has an IP or OER policy; these may dictate how material created on behalf of the organisation may be shared. If your organisation doesn’t have a policy, you might find it helpful to consult an existing policy from another institution for useful best practice guidance.
For some good examples of institutional policies, see:
Once you’ve created your OERs and decided on how to licence them, you need to put them somewhere to allow others to access them.
If your organisation has a learning object or research output repository, find out if you can make use of it. If your repository assigns Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), this is a great way to ensure stability for your content. If you do use an institutional repository, it’s also a good idea to post the URL/DOI on other platforms to maximise the visibility of your resource.
If your organisation doesn’t have a repository, you could investigate general repositories such as OER Commons. You can find more suggestions for places to deposit your resources on Jorum’s website.
If you have your own webpage or website, you could post the resources there. It may not be as sustainable/visible, but you would have full control over the resources and site. Just make sure you attach an appropriate open licence (see the Things to consider tab for more information on licensing).
Once you have uploaded your resource, you need to shout about it! There are a number of channels you can use to spread the word and let the IL community know that they’re available.
You could use the LIS-INFOLITERACY Jisc mailing list to publicise the resource, as well as using other relevant lists (for example, if it’s a medical related IL resource, you could post it to LIS-MEDICAL). It’s also worth suggesting that others share through their own networks.
Tell the CILIP IL Group
Let the CILIP IL Group know and we can publicise on the website on your behalf. We are always looking for IL case studies, so please consider giving us more information about the resource and how you created/re-purposed it.
Twitter and blog posts
Social media is a great way to get the message across and share a link back to the resource. If you’re a tweeter, use the hashtag #infolit so that the CILIP IL Group tweeters can pick it up and share more widely. You could also consider writing a brief blog post for us to re-post on this website.