In the Highways and the Hedges: Library Support for OER Adoption Efforts at Higher Education Institutions Across Virginia
Walz, Anita R.
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This presentation, given at the Charleston Library Conference, highlighed examples of innovative library approaches to supporting and leading Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption efforts at institutions of higher education across Virginia. Statewide initiatives on OER include a unique blend of administrative and grassroots organizations that work hand in hand to leverage the economic benefits and educational advantages of open educational resources. Attendees heard about grant-funded OER initiatives currently underway; building a supportive, flexible, cross-institutional librarian training community; the rationale, risks, and opportunities for the librarian as open licensing consultant, trainer, and advocate; and growing pains so far. Attendees were challenged to think about current teaching, research, and library practices and policies that prevent sharing and will leave with new ideas about deeper collaboration with entities outside of their institution.