How Library Technical Services Can Support OER Initiatives

Tuesday, 1/26/2016 - Wednesday, 1/27/2016
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Open educational resources (OER) are high-quality, openly licensed, online educational materials that offer an opportunity for people everywhere to share, use, and reuse knowledge. The OER movement continues to gather momentum, particularly in academic libraries.

How can library technical services departments contribute to the support of OER initiatives? This e-Forum will provide an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, and those who have experience with supporting OER programs can share their successes and challenges.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will learn about defining and developing responsibilities for OER support within the technical services realm.

Who Should Attend

Technical services staff and librarians who want to assist with OER initiatives and want to advocate for inclusion in the process, and anyone else interested in the topic.


Nicole Allen is Director of Open Education for SPARC. In this role, Nicole leads SPARC's work on open educational resources, focusing on public policy and engaging and supporting the library community on this issue. Nicole joined SPARC in 2013 already established as a leading figure in the OER movement through her previous role at the Student Public Interest Research Groups. During her seven-year tenure, Nicole worked with college students to organize numerous large-scale grassroots campaigns on OER and related issue areas, including organizing 3,000 professors to sign a commitment to consider adopting open textbooks.

Eleanor I. Cook is Assistant Director for Discovery & Technology Services at East Carolina University. Eleanor is a member of the ALCTS Advocacy & Policy Committee and served as the chair of the originating task force during the inception of the committee. She has worked in academic library technical services positions for more than thirty years. East Carolina University’s Joyner Library is currently engaged in outreach to faculty with the hope of increasing the use of OERs.




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