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Wednesday, November 19 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
OER & Professional Development in Libraries

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This panel will combine three presentations about OER in the context of professional development at libraries, including the emerging role of the “OER librarian” and important partnerships to be forged on campus. Each presenter will speak for 15 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of joint Q&A.

Getting in front of the Inevitable: Year 2 of an Open Ed Program
Dana Ospina & Sarah Faye Cohen, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

What does it mean to take the energy, creativity, productivity, and strategies of the Open Ed community and apply them to a specific institutional setting? How do you handle pitfalls? Who are campus partners? What issues feel inevitable in your campus culture? How do you go from the idea to the operational? This presentation will share our process over the past year to answer these, and other questions in order to propel our library-designed and directed open education program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. We will offer our vision and the specific strategies we have employed to establish a sustainable open education program at Kennedy Library (@REKLibrary). These strategies range from raising open resources’ visibility in library discovery tools; to targeting outreach to students, faculty, and staff; to gaining traction among library colleagues who aren’t familiar with Open. We have considered at great length the particularities and climate of our campus and have worked to introduce Open in a way that resonates productively. Importantly, we will reflect upon the challenges we have faced, challenges we imagine other libraries initiating programs without an existing, established university mandate for Open may also face as they embark on their own programs.

The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: My First Year as an OER Coordinator
Stacy Zemke, University of Oklahoma

The rising cost of higher education and, more specifically, the costs associated with content resources, have become increasing concerns for universities. In an effort to address these costs for its students, The University of Oklahoma Libraries created the position of OER Coordinator in 2013. This position was created to design and implement a campus wide OER initiative that would encourage both the use and creation of open resources. In this session, we will review the first year of this implementation project. We will address specific initiatives — alternative textbook adoption, OER creation, campus partnerships, and student-focused outreach — and will also discuss how this new role interacts with more traditional library liaisons. Finally, we will address the importance of successful partnerships in development a sustainable and scalable OER program at a large university.

What are Faculty Actually Doing? Exploring Current Practice and Opportunities at Virginia Tech
Anita Walz, Virginia Tech

This presentation is based on themes emerging from a Library planned & hosted panel discussion in Spring 2014 featuring three Virginia Tech and Radford University faculty members. Pre-panel research reveals a range of faculty efforts to locate appropriate learning materials for use in instruction. While some of this includes adoption of custom textbooks, interests in discontinuing use of textbooks, faculty-textbook authoring, and use of multimedia in learning, several faculty have independently initiated development of open educational resources (some of which are open-source and open access), but all of which go beyond the standard “textbook.” These resources are tech savvy, high-quality, relevant, and usable resources for student learning. This session will present findings from the panel planning phase, the hosted panel, and subsequent research intended to identify the needs of instructional faculty, and opportunities for OER program development through the Virginia Tech Libraries and partner entities at Virginia Tech.

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Kristi Jensen

eLearning Librarian, University of Minnesota
Kristi Jensen is the Program Development Lead for the eLearning Support Initiative at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She co-manages the Libraries' Partnership for Affordable Content grant program, is working with campus partners (the Center for Educational Innovation, Academic... Read More →


Sarah Cohen

Associate University Librarian, California Polytechnic State University

Dana Ospina

Open Content and Digital Publishing Librarian, Kennedy Library, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
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Anita Walz

Assistant Dir of Open Ed and ScholComm Librarian, Virginia Tech
Anita Walz is the Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. She works with faculty, administrators, and staff on local, state, national and international levels to inspire faculty to choose, adapt, and create learning resources which... Read More →
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Stacy Zemke

OER Coordinator, University of Oklahoma Libraries
Stacy Zemke is the Open Educational Resources (OER) Coordinator for the OU Libraries, and an adjunct instructor for the Schoolof Library and Information Studies. She has been studying the use of OER by faculty and students since 2004. She was born andraised in Norman, leaving long... Read More →

Wednesday November 19, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Crystal Ballroom

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