Helping Faculty Find, Use, and Modify Open Educational Resources

Wednesday, 8/15/2018
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Explore what open educational resources (OERs) are; why they have value for students, faculty, and administrators; where OERs can be found; and how academic librarians can play a role in promoting open education on their campuses. Academic librarians across the country are increasingly being asked to play a role in affordable learning initiatives, whether or not they have training in finding and using OERs. This interactive webcast will give academic librarians a baseline for beginning to understand how to reduce student costs and improve student outcomes by supporting the adoption of OERs. The presenter brings a unique perspective to the instruction because of her experience as an Affordable Learning Ambassador for OhioLINK, the academic consortium for Ohio, as well as her experience developing content for the Open Textbook Network’s ACRL Bootcamp in 2019. As a result, this webcast will draw on up-to-date research and resources, as well as varied perspectives.     

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate why open education matters, both broadly and specifically for the faculty and students at their institutions
  • Find appropriate OERs to meet faculty and student needs on their campuses.
  • Develop an initial plan-of-action for initiating an open education and/or affordability program on their own campuses.

Who Should Attend

Academic librarians who are interested in potential promoting OERs on their campus


Mandi Goodsett pictureMandi Goodsett is the Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian at Cleveland State University. She earned her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. Mandi's professional interests include open education, critical thinking and library instruction, and sustainability. In keeping with her interest in promoting open education, Mandi also serves as an OhioLINK Affordable Learning Ambassador for Ohio and an instructor for the 2019 Open Textbook Network ACRL Bootcamp.



ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to Register

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event under the monthly headings.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the webcast title.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the archived webcast recording.

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.


If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need to make arrangements for special assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (