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Open Educational Resources 
Sponsor: University and College Division

Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 3:30-4:30 pm
Location: Salon Q

Session Description: 
Open educational resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge (Source: In the hard financial times facing higher education, OERs help students with class materials and textbooks that are free or very low cost. Academic libraries are becoming involved in the movement to promote OERs and open textbooks on their campus. This session will feature Jen Waller, Open Educational Resources & Scholarly Communication Coordinator, OU Libraries; and David Oberhelman, W. P. Wood Professor of Library Service, OSU Libraries, who will discuss how their libraries are encouraging the use and creation of OERs at their institutions, and how other academic libraries can help their students and faculty learn more about the benefits of OERs.

Jen WallerJen Waller works as the University of Oklahoma Libraries’ Open Educational Resources and Scholarly Communication Coordinator. In this role she manages the Libraries’ OER initiatives, including the Alternative Textbook Grant, and she coordinates the Libraries’ scholarly communication programs and services, including open access advocacy, author rights, copyright, and new forms of information dissemination and scholarly publishing.
Jen earned a B.A. in English at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and a Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the Information School at the University of Washington. Prior to her career as a librarian she worked in the corporate world as a marketing communications manager, a project manager, and a professional chef. When not in the library, you may find Jen remodeling her home, cooking Thai food, or hiking with her dog, Travis.

Cinthya IppolitiCinthya Ippoliti is the Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at Oklahoma State University where she provides administrative leadership for the library’s academic liaison program as well as services for undergraduate and graduate students and community outreach. Previously, she was Head of Teaching and Learning Services at the University of Maryland where she was in charge of the spaces, services, and programming offered by the Terrapin Learning Commons in addition to coordinating the libraries’ First Year instruction program.

David OberhelmanDavid D. Oberhelman is W. P. Wood Professor for Library Service at the Oklahoma State University Libraries where he has worked since 1997. He is subject liaison librarian to several humanities, social sciences, and performing arts departments, and has been a researcher and presenter on topics such as information literacy, digital humanities, and popular culture studies at the international, national, regional, and state levels

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