Unlocking the Library of Congress: Enhancing your OER Initiatives via the Library's Collections

Tuesday, 4/21/2020
  • 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM-1:30 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM-11:30 AM (Pacific)

As Higher Ed moves into developing and encouraging more Open Educational initiatives, how can libraries leverage collections available to them, become part of the conversation, and help build our growing OER communities? This webinar will apply the concept of Open Educational Resources to the treasure box of historical collections and primary source materials available through the Library of Congress. Through the exploration of OER concepts and examples, we will navigate the audience through an overview of support resources like subject matter experts and research guides and the Library's wealth of OER-potential collection materials, over 2 million resources, and growing.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define OER
  • Identify OERs at the Library of Congress
  • Access and use the Library of Congress's OERs
  • Understand the research and instructional applications of OERs

Who Should Attend

Academic Librarians

School Librarians

Public Librarians

Reference Librarians


Laura Berberian is the Fine Arts & Sociology Reference Librarian in the Researcher & Reference Services Division at the Library of Congress.  Prior to joining the Library of Congress in 2015, Laura was the Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Mary Washington.  Laura Berberian received her M.S.L.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill.   

Meg Metcalf, (she,they), is the Women's Gender, LGBTS+ Studies Librarian at the Library of Congress and the Vice-President/President-Elect of DCLA. Meg holds a BA & MA in Women's & Gender Studies and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Christine (Kris) Pruzin, reference librarian in the Researcher & Reference Services Division of the Library of Congress,  joined the Library in 2002.  She previously worked in academic, public, and public school libraries in North Carolina, Alabama, Maryland and New York.




Registration rates are as follows:

  • RUSA members: $45
  • ALA members: $55
  • ALA student & retired members: $25
  • Non-members: $77

Group rate: $99 single login, $38/ per person multiple logins

How to Register

Register online

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Please ensure that you have internet connection. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat. 


Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org

Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA Program Officer-Continuing Education, at nmoore@ala.org

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!