[Eril-l] ALCTS webinar: Supporting OER at Your Institution

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ALCTS webinar: Supporting OER at Your Institution

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11 AM Pacific, noon
Mountain, 1 PM Central, and 2 PM Eastern time.

Description: Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives in higher
education are increasingly led by academic libraries. A lot of these
projects are overseen by librarians who may or may not have OER as part of
their job responsibilities yet they make it work because of their strong
commitment to making education accessible to all learners.

The three speakers will discuss the variety of ways that they support the
adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER on their different campuses at
the administrative, faculty, and student level. There’s no
one-size-fits-all approach to OER, so this webinar will present a range of
ideas that could work at any institution, including: trainings and
outreach, faculty grants, learning communities, campus partnerships,
publishing support, regional events, and summits. The speakers will share
strategies that have and haven’t worked for them. They’ll also talk about
their experiences as members of the Open Textbook Network and OpenStax
Institutional Partners Program, two national organizations that support OER
work on campuses. They’ll also discuss barriers to OER adoption and ways to
overcome them.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will have a workable
roadmap for starting and/or expanding an OER program on their campus. They
will gain a deeper understanding of the strategies, techniques, and methods
to advocate for, promote, and support OER at the administrative,
departmental, and individual level. Participants from small, medium, and
large organizations will all come away with inspiring ideas to bring back
to their local environments.

Learning outcomes:

1) Begin or enhance an OER program at their institution.

2) Gain new ideas for specific strategies that would support OER at their

3) Discuss challenges and solutions to OER adoption in higher education.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in open educational resources, textbook affordability, or
library publishing.


Cheryl Cuillier is the Open Education Librarian at the University of
Arizona and coordinates the library's textbook affordability initiatives.
She is one of the instructors in the Open Textbook Network’s Certificate in
OER Librarianship.

Regina Gong is the Open Educational Resources and Student Success Librarian
at Michigan State University. She has extensive experience in building,
implementing, and managing OER projects beginning with her successful
tenure as OER Project Manager at Lansing Community College and now at MSU
Libraries. Regina serves on the SPARC Open Education Advisory Group and in
the Steering Committee.

Jeremy Smith is the Open Education and Research Services Librarian at the
UMass Amherst Libraries. He is responsible for managing all library efforts
around OER on campus and is involved with regional and national OER
efforts. He is also the library liaison to the Journalism and Communication
Departments. His previous position in the library was manager of a
grant-funded project to digitize the entire W.E.B. Du Bois manuscript
collection, housed in the UMass Library Special Collections and University
Archives (SCUA). Prior to acquiring his Masters in Library Science (MLS) in
2009, he was a staff producer and editor for the Media Education Foundation
(MEF), a Northampton-based non-profit video production company founded by
UMass Communication Professor Sut Jhally.


Registration Fees:  single webinar: ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ;
Group rate $129

How to register:

Complete the individual webinar online registration form
Sessions are listed by date and you must log in.

For additional information, please go to the following website:



Contact us to register:

Call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 to reach our customer service
representatives or

Register by mail
for the session you would like to attend. (If you receive an error message
after clicking the "register by mail" link, right-click the link and save
the form to your computer.)

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording
shortly following the live event.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling
1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration at ala.org.

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.
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