Stephanie Quail is a business librarian at York University Libraries in Toronto, Canada. She
develops information literacy sessions, collections, eLearning content, and other programs
tailored to the research needs of business students and faculty. Recently, she co-led the
development of the Business Research at York Toolkit. This three-year eLearning project
provides business students with a suite of online learning resources to help them conduct
more effective secondary business research. Her research interests include student-centered
eLearning design and development, intersections between open educational practices and
experiential education theory, and finally, the information seeking habits of first generation
During the first semester of the SPARC Open Education Leadership program, Stephanie produced a series of posts on her Explorations into Open Education blog. The blog posts are openly licensed and are written in an accessible manner. While some of the posts focus on how York University Libraries (YUL) can support OER initiatives, other posts provide succinct overviews of topics such as open pedagogy and Creative Commons licensing.
In the second semester, Stephanie produced a capstone project that focused on generating interest and developing staff knowledge of open educational resources at YUL. While Stephanie’s library system had called out open education as a growth area, many of her colleagues did not have the opportunity to learn about open education issues. Therefore, Stephanie used her capstone project to build awareness, give back to her local community, and highlight her ability to be an inclusive leader on OER issues for YUL.
She created and delivered tailored presentations on open education foundational topics for ten departments within her library system. Her open education teaching plan template, presentation slide template, evaluation form, and references list can be accessed via Google Drive. All of the content has been openly licensed so that other librarians can revise the materials and run similar education initiatives at their academic library systems.