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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.

Speakers
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Tara Cassidy

Director of Library Services, Virginia Community College System
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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

Assistant Dir of Open Ed & ScholComm Librarian, Virginia Tech
Anita Walz is the Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. She works with faculty, administrators, and staff on local, state, national and international levels to inspire faculty to choose, adapt, and create learning resources which... Read More →