Call for Curriculum Designers/Presenters Open Educational Resources and Affordability RoadShow

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective curriculum designers/presenters to create and deliver a new ACRL RoadShow to support librarians in finding, using, and developing open educational resources (OERs). This introductory level, day-long workshop will be intended for academic librarians and library staff integrating OERs into their institutions and developing OER initiatives.

The curriculum designers will plan and develop 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 ACRL 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.

Potential topics could include:

  • Overview of Open Education: What and Why
  • Discovering and Selecting OER Resources
  • Integrating OERs into Your Collection and Your Teaching
  • Promoting OERs to Faculty and Administrators
  • Licensing, Fair Use, and Copyright
  • Adaptation, Creation, and Publication

As designers develop the curriculum, ACRL’s New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee and appropriate ACRL staff will act as advisors.

In 2018, the ACRL Board affirmed its Core Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and particularly to building leadership opportunities for racially and ethnically underrepresented colleagues. The Board expects this commitment to permeate the work of the Association, including all its professional development and learning opportunities.


  • Conversant with the issues and challenges of open education and affordability in academic libraries and higher education
  • Demonstrated teaching experience
  • Experience with instructional design or workshop design and meeting facilitation
  • Experience in designing, developing, facilitating, and teaching interactive workshops, in person and/or online
  • Demonstrated ability in collaborative planning and in project management
  • Experience working with open educational resources in academic or research libraries, including the discovery and creation of OERs; teaching with OERs; and adapting and publishing OERs

Successful curriculum designers/presenters must be:

  • Able to participate in curriculum updates and workshop planning during monthly conference calls
  • Available to work on curriculum design from June to December 2019
  • Ready to present workshop at ALA Midwinter 2020
  • Able to present one or more webinars in spring 2020 and deliver two in-person day-long workshops in 2020

In addition to the above, serving as a curriculum designer/facilitator involves participating in all segments of the workshop event and development of materials, exercises, and presentations. Additionally, it will involve coaching and training new presenters to deliver the curriculum once it is developed. This may include presenting future in-person workshops in the field and the revision and future development of materials, exercises, and presentations.

The workshop will first be promoted in spring 2020 with two workshops possibly offered that inaugural year. ACRL reimburses presenters of all its RoadShow workshops for travel costs associated with the workshop (flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals) and provides an honorarium after each workshop.

ACRL will cover one night’s hotel stay for the ALA Midwinter 2020 workshop and provide a modest honorarium for the design, development, and delivery of the curriculum, inclusive of the first in-person Midwinter 2020 workshop and spring 2020 webinar.

To apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document that includes:

  1. A statement addressing the aforementioned qualifications, as well as the following questions (two pages max):
    • Why do you want to be a developer and presenter for this roadshow?
    • What experience do you have in developing curricula?
    • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
    • Are there videos or other materials that demonstrate your talents as a teacher?
    • Are there any identities you hold that may contribute to fuller representation of diverse groups and points of view as part of this workshop?
    • Do you have a successful OER story/showcase you would like to share with us?
  2. Your resume.
  3. The names and contact information for 2 references who have direct knowledge of your open education, teaching, and/or instructional design experience.

The single PDF application must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Erin Nevius, ACRL Content Strategist, at

A selection committee with representatives from the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee and ACRL staff will consider applications and conduct telephone interviews. Applicants will be notified by June 1, 2019.

If you have questions, please contact Erin Nevius at