Redlands Community College, in partnership with East Central University, Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Council of Online Learning Excellence, was named a National Leadership Grants for Libraries recipient by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The prestigious IMLS grant, totaling $428,304, will support the institutions’ three-year partnership and project focusing on the development of a research method for evaluating the effectiveness of Open Educational Resources in increasing lifelong learning competencies.
“Redlands is pleased to be a part of this National Leadership Grant,” said Jack Bryant, Redlands president. “We will be working with our partners to create a toolkit that faculty can use nationwide to evaluate the efficacy of Open Educational Resources in facilitating lifelong learning. The availability of Open Educational Resources is valuable to higher education institutions as they strive to provide an affordable education to their students.”
Facilitated by IMLS, the competitive National Leadership Grants for Libraries program supports projects addressing significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archives fields and which have the potential to advance theory and practice with new tools, research findings, models, services, practices or alliances that will be widely used.
For fiscal year 2020, the program received 155 initial proposals from across the nation, 81 of which were invited to submit full proposals. Ultimately, only 38 projects – Redlands’ project with ECU, OSU and the Oklahoma Council of Online Learning Excellence – were selected as grantees.
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