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Wednesday, November 19 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Going Open: How Libraries are Advancing OER Adoption on Campus Cont'd

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This panel will combine three presentations around the theme of how libraries can play a role in supporting the adoption of OER. Each presenter will speak for 15 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of joint Q&A.

Providing a Push: Five Ways Academic Librarians Can Encourage Faculty to go Open
Steven Bell, Temple University

Librarians are typically perceived as academic support professionals who wait to be asked to take a role in a new campus initiative. But owing to the library's campus neutrality and connections with the disciplines, is often the case that academic librarians are well suited to adopt a leadership role in advancing reforms in scholarship and publishing. Academic librarians can also adopt more aggressive strategies to proactively promote OER to faculty. Academic librarians can apply their experience in promoting the value of open access to their communities to an OER initiative. In this presentation, attendees will be introduced to five actions academic librarians can take to introduce faculty to the benefits of adopting OER in their courses. These approaches will include projects that incentivize faculty to use OER, bringing OER advocates to campus to promote the benefits, creating internal support communities, and organizing campus events to promote the value of shifting to openness in higher education.

Library Piloted OER Adoption: From Flight to Foundation - Transforming OER from Concept to Concrete
John Schoppert, Columbia Gorge Community College

Libraries are a central component of any campus, but are often overlooked by all they serve. Yet libraries are a unique catalyst for change. Because libraries are at the intersection of student instruction, faculty support, and administrative duties, they are perfectly situated for taking OER initiatives from an idea to a sustainable framework. In this session, the director of the Columbia Gorge Community College library will show how the CGCC library moved from an initiative of OER adoption to building a concrete, workable plan that includes student involvement, faculty adoption, bookstore concerns, administration acceptance, and foundation funding support. What were the pitfalls along the way? What can be avoided? How do you create a working program? How many signatures do you need? This session will also include advice on engaging faculty about OER advocacy and creating a sustainable OER culture institution-wide.

Leading from the Library: The Power of Academic Libraries in OER Advocacy
Ann Agee & Christina Mune, San Jose State University

The mission of the university library has always been to provide access to quality information resources. Additionally, academic librarians are expected to understand fair use and copyright policies, and are often called upon to provide advice on the legal use of materials. This heritage places university librarians in a unique position to reach out to faculty and promote open educational resources for classroom use. This session explores how librarians at one campus have embraced their heritage and this challenge by implementing multiple strategies to provide and advocate for the use of OER as a replacement for textbooks in the classroom. Strategies include grants for OER authorship and adoption, partnerships with eReader vendors, behind-the-scenes work to match OER with existing courses, and novel faculty recognition events. Learn what worked, what did not work, and how future tactics are being adapted. Participants will come away with multiple potential strategies for assisting faculty in the adoption of OER as an alternative to the textbook.

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Marilyn Billings

Head, Office of Scholarly Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Please talk with me about being on the Board of the LPC, the IMLS funded project to develop a curriculum for library publishing services, the UMass Amherst Open Education Initiative, membership in the Open Textbook Network, our digital repository ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst and related... Read More →


Ann Agee

Faculty Director of Collections, San Jose State University
Since 2012, I have been a coordinator of the Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) campaign at San Jose State University (SJSU). ALS is a California State University initiative designed to encourage faculty to adopt low-cost classroom materials to replace expensive textbooks. These... Read More →
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Steven J. Bell

associate university librarian, Temple University
I enjoy exploring the intersection of academic librarianship and higher education. I'm passionate about exploring how we design better library experiences for community members - and the ways we can better integrate the academic library into the teaching and learning that happens... Read More →
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Christina Mune

Digital Initiatives Librarian, San Jose State University
I'm the digital initiatives librarian at San Jose State University (SJSU). As a coordinator of SJSU's Affordable Learning Solutions I promote open access and open educational resources as replacements for expensive textbooks and course materials. I'm interested in creating engaging... Read More →
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John Schoppert

Director of Library Services, Columbia Gore Community College
I have been a musician, a cook, a baker, a bookseller, and a bookstore owner; all of these professions laid the foundation for teamwork, community building, and outreach. Now, as the Library Director at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC), I'm at the center of change brought about... Read More →

Wednesday November 19, 2014 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom

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