From SPARC's "Who We Are" page:
SPARC is a non-profit advocacy organization that supports systems for research and education that are open by default and equitable by design. We believe everyone should be able to access and contribute to the knowledge that shapes our world.
As a catalyst for action, our pragmatic agenda focuses on driving policy change, supporting member action, and cultivating communities that advance our vision of knowledge as a public good. From the local to the global level, SPARC works to address the ways in which our knowledge systems exclude people due to racism, colonialism, and other legacies of injustice.
SPARC’s membership includes about 250 libraries and academic organizations across North America. This membership is complemented by affiliated SPARC coalitions in Africa, Europe, and Japan as well as individual member organizations in Australia, Hong Kong, and Saudi Arabia. Founded in 1998, SPARC operates as an independent project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. SPARC is known by its acronym, which stands for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.
ASU's first Open Education Librarian, Amanda Langdon, was a 2021-2022 Fellow of the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program. With Adams State's unique needs in mind, she designed her Capstone project around a small, Hispanic- and Minority Serving Institution in a rural area, underfunded, and with an Open Ed initiative that is chronically under-supported, due to too many campus faculty and staff having too little time to dedicate to support.
Included here are links to the openly-licensed (CC-BY) resources she compiled and built, free for anyone interested to make best use of! The capstone project consisted of 4 main parts:
As the capstone progressed, however, a fifth component was added: a folder of earlier works, which had gotten ASU's initiative moving in the first place.
The SPARC Open Education Leadership Program is an intensive professional development program to empower academic professionals with the knowledge, skills, and connections to lead successful open education initiatives that benefit students. Launched in 2017, the two-semester program blends online, peer-to-peer, and project-based learning to build a comprehensive understanding of the open education field coupled with practical know-how to take action on campus and beyond. Structured as a fellowship, each cohort becomes a vibrant community of practice that is further enhanced by expert instructors and mentorship support.
The SPARC Open Education Leadership program is designed to benefit academic professionals with any level of experience in open education, including those just getting started with a new initiative and those with more experience looking to take their work to the next level. By putting practice, community, and real-world impact at the center, the program provides an environment where participants, instructors, and mentors learn and grow from both the curriculum and each other.
See SPARC's Open Education Leadership Program webpage for information about Fellows and Cohorts.