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Open Educational Resources (OER): OER: Learn More About Them

Open educational resources (OER) are learning materials licensed in such a way as to freely permit educators to share, access, and collaborate in order to customize and personalize content and instruction (Bliss & Patrick, 2013).


Webinar recording: Effectively Encouraging Use of OER on Your Campus (Nicole Finkbeiner)

How to conduct a reference interview for Course Materials (short videos & templates) (Quill West)

Webinar recording: On Becoming Open Education Leaders (Quill West)

Webinars on various topics (CCCOER)

Import MARC records from the Open Textbook Library

Keynote Addresses from Open Textbook Summit 2015

Join the Library-OER Community: Lessons from the Field

Videos from 2013 "Minding the Future" at #OpenVA


Authoring Open Textbooks: A Guide for People Who Want to Make Open Textbooks

Assessing Campus Readiness for OER

OER Campus Policy Development Tool

Open Education Campus Action Plan

Roadmap to OER Adoption Worksheet

Conducting an OER Reference Interview

OER Mythbusters

Professional Development Guide from the Library Publishing Coalition

Creative Commons Certificates

Open Licensing Playbook (for U.S. Federal Agencies)

Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know

Library OER initiatives (from SPARC) - an list of OER initiatives involving libraries or librarians. Organized geographically.

LibraryAsLeader (Washington state) initiative and the BCOER Librarians group are particularly notable.


OER: Articles & Literature

Judith, Kate and Bull, David, (March 2016) Assessing the Potential for Openness: A Framework for Examining Course-Level OER Implementation in Higher EducationEducation Policy Analysis Archives v24, p.42.

Billings, Marilyn, et al. (2012) “Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: Prospects and Strategies for University Libraries” RLI 280 p2-10 

Babson Survey Research Group surveys on Open Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education. (2012 & 2014). The 2014 survey focuses on level of faculty awareness of OER.

ChaeBoyoung and Jenkins, Mark (2015) "A Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation" Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Collins, Sue and Levy, Peter (2013) “Guide to the Use of Open Educational Resources in K-12 and Postsecondary Education” Software & Information Industry Association.

Florida Virtual Campus (2012) 2012 Faculty and Administrator Open Educational Resources SurveyTallahassee, FL: Author. 

Kazakoff-Lane, Carmen [2014] “Environmental Scan and Assessment of OERs, MOOCs and Libraries: What Effectiveness and Sustainability Means for Libraries’ Impact on Open Education”  

Kleinman, Mill (2008) “The Beauty of ‘Some Rights Reserved’: Introducing Creative Commons to librarians, faculty, and studentsC&RL News. Vol.69, No. 10.

Kleymeer, Pieter, Kleinman, Molly, and Hansee, Ted (2010) “Reaching the Heart of the University: Libraries and the Future of OER” Presented at the Open Education 2010 Conference, November 2-4, 2010. Barcelona Spain. 

Charleston Conference (Nov 2014) issue "Library Roles with Textbook Affordability" Against the Grain 26(5). [Nearly 50+ pages Library and OER projects descriptions] Not Open Access. Ask your Collections Development Department if they have a copy or online subscription.]

Walz, Anita (2015) "Open and Editable: Exploring Library Engagement in Open Educational Resource Adoption, Adaptation and AuthoringVirginia Libraries. Vol.61:23-31.

McKernan, R., Skirko, T., & West, Q. (2015) Librarians as open education advocates: Readings on being an open advocate. 


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