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Friday, November 6 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
In the Highways and the Hedges: Library Support for OER Adoption Efforts at Higher Education Institutions Across Virginia.

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Presenters will share 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 can expect to hear 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; growing pains; and surprising connections between OER and scholarly communication. Attendees will be challenged to think about current teaching, research, and library practices and policies that prevent discourse sharing and will leave with new ideas about deeper collaboration with entities outside of their institution.

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Tara Cassidy

Coordinator of Library Services, Virginia Community College System
Tara Cassidy joined Virginia's Community Colleges System Office as Coordinator of Library Services in May, 2008. In this role, she supports systems, e-resources, and services shared by the 23 college libraries. Her professional interests include library technology, instructional technology, user experience, teaching and learning, and first-generation college student success. She comes to the System Office from a private career college, where... Read More →
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Olivia Reinauer

Reference Librarian, Tidewater Community College
Olivia Reinauer is a Reference Librarian at Tidewater Community College. Her professional interests include OER, library instruction, instructional design, outreach, assessment, and user experience.
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Anita Walz

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Virginia Tech
Anita Walz is the Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University Libraries, Virginia Tech. In this role, she leads library exploration and initiatives related to open education, OER, and online learning; she serves as a library liaison to the Legal studies, Economics, and Mathematics Departments at Virginia Tech and manages several active collaborations with the University’s learning technologies and... Read More →

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