OER: Open Educational Resources

Use this guide to explore and research open educational resources.

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How Librarians Can Help

Librarians, especially the Instruction Team or your subject liaison can help:

  • Locate an open textbook
  • Locate Creative Commons or public domain images, multimedia, learning objects, assessments, etc.
  • Determine the license or copyright status of a resource you would like to use
  • Properly attribute open educational resources
  • Adopt, adapt (edit), or publish open educational resources


The Thomas G. Carpenter Library, the Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE), and the Center for Instruction Research & Technology (CIRT) have partnered to look at how we can collaborate with, and act as resources for, faculty interested in using Open Educational Resources (OER) in their courses.  We value faculty input and seek your participation in discussions and evaluation of resources.

Librarians' OER Role & Qualifications

In collaboration with faculty subject-matter-experts and instructional designers, librarians can serve a central support role for all faculty wishing to incorporate OER into a course. Among the support provided by designated librarians are facilitating OER faculty information sessions via CIRT or OFE, preparing OER LibGuides, and assisting faculty in the location and curation of OER content.


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As you can see, librarians' skill set and professional values fit hand in hand with Open Educational Resources!

Head of Research and Outreach

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Stephanie Race
Head of Research and Outreach
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We'd like to thank the librarians at Tidewater Community College for making their excellent OER LibGuide an OPEN resource. Librarians love to share! 

Subjects: General Research
Tags: oer, open access, open textbooks