ACRL Selects New Curriculum Designers/Presenters for OER & Affordability RoadShow

OER RoadShow presenters

ACRL has selected a team of four curriculum designers/presenters to create a new RoadShow workshop to support librarians in finding, using, and developing open educational resources (OER). Intended for academic librarians and library staff integrating OER into their institutions and developing OER initiatives, this introductory day-long workshop will be available for host institutions worldwide to bring to their campuses beginning in Summer 2020.

After an open and competitive call for applications and careful consideration of an excellent candidate pool, the selection committee, made up of representatives from the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee, has chosen the following members for the curriculum design and presentation team:

  • Heather Blicher, E-Learning Librarian and Assistant Professor, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Kathy Essmiller, OER Librarian and Library Liaison to Music and Theatre Departments, Oklahoma State University
  • Michelle Reed, Director of Open Educational Resources, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Ariana E. Santiago, Open Educational Resources Coordinator, University of Houston

“We are pleased that Heather, Kathy, Michelle, and Ariana have accepted the challenge of forging an instructional experience for an emerging practice in higher education,” said Marilyn Myers, convener of the new RoadShow on behalf of ACRL’s New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee. “This is a team with teaching and OER experience spanning across community colleges and research universities. They are experienced in engaging faculty, developing course content, managing projects, and solving and analyzing problems. Most of all, each has conveyed the enthusiasm and confidence needed to succeed in this endeavor.”

The team will plan, develop, and deliver learning experiences for face-to-face and online learning intended to build librarians’ knowledge and use of open education practices. The in-person workshops will be offered upon request on a licensed basis, as with the existing RoadShows. In-person workshops may also be offered at ALA and/or ACRL Conferences. Additional online offerings on open education would be part of ACRL’s regular e-Learning program and could include a multi-week asynchronous course and one or more topical webcasts of 60-90 minutes each in an interactive online classroom.

Scheduling for 2020 workshops will begin in the spring. Look out for more information soon. Visit the ACRL website for more information about the RoadShow program and all of our workshop offerings that can be brought on demand to your campus, chapter, or consortium worldwide.