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Open Educational Resources Librarian

University of Oklahoma Libraries
Oklahoma, United States
$50,000.00 - $60,000.00
Posted date
Sep 22, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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OU Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and highly motivated individual to serve as the Open Educational Resources Librarian. Successful candidates will have a strong understanding of open educational resources (OER), open licensing, open pedagogy, and the landscape in which these open-enabled domains reside. This position develops strategies for increasing the use of OER and alternative textbook and course material solutions at the University of Oklahoma by leading, planning, implementing, and assessing OU’s Open Education programs and services in support of OU’s goal to reduce the cost of attendance for its students. The Open Educational Resources Librarian manages the Alternative Textbook Grant, which has saved students nearly $4M in displaced textbook costs since its inception, and otherwise works to increase students’ access to educational resources via creative and inclusive strategies.

Position Expectations

  • Commitment to open access as a fundamental element of the mission of academic libraries.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.
  • Understanding of open education, its principles, trends, and its intersection with scholarly communication.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience regarding best practices associated with the adoption, modification, and creation of OER.
  • Experience leading programming and outreach efforts, including workshops, faculty learning communities, etc. focused on open education and its subtopics.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and maintain short-term and long-term projects.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and developing collegial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively with stakeholders to build programs and initiatives.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries is dedicated to building and fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable educational and work environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law.

Position Responsibilities

  • Manage all aspects of OU Libraries Alternative Textbook Grants, including OER Grants and Library Resource Grants. Strategize, implement, maintain and develop these grant initiatives and coordinate their projects. Assist faculty with open content adoption, production, and publishing.
  • Assess impact of Alternative Textbook Grants; report on savings due to OER adoption, strategize and execute steps to maximize savings. Develop methods for assessing and reporting impact, effectiveness, and relevance of OER adoption at OU.
  • Develop and sustain strategic partnerships and effective working relationships with various campus stakeholders and work collaboratively in a diverse, fast-paced environment to promote the use of OER and support their integration into curriculum.
  • Engage faculty and instructors to integrate copyright, open licensing, and related topics and skills into the curriculum.
  • Collaborate with subject specialists to promote OER adoption.
  • Coordinate with colleagues to create teaching/learning opportunities promoting the use of OER, the Alternative Textbook Grant, Creative Commons Licensing, and related concepts.
  • Serve as the facilitator and coordinate the activities of the campus-wide OER Action Committee.
  • Ensure visibility of OU’s OER initiatives by maintaining and developing associated content on OU Libraries’ website and LibGuides. Coordinate with Library Marketing and Communication to promote initiatives.
  • Implement best practices of accessibility, archiving, assessment, attribution, and resource sharing as they relate to the publication of OER, including making policy and procedure documents open, adaptable, and accessible.
  • Keep abreast, understand, and communicate current and emerging trends, latest developments, and best practices related to OER and its related practices within the University Libraries and the university community.
  • Contribute to initiatives of University Libraries including working groups and committees.
  • Support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and across the university.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Develop, manage, and participate in the creation of leading-edge processes, strategies, and initiatives to support the efforts of OU and the open education community.
  • Serve as a resource and consultant to those interested in OER at other institutions; engage with and participate in professional community; liaise with regional and national OER efforts.
  • Pursue professional development opportunities in support of the library and its OER related initiatives, including grant and development opportunities and conference planning.

Required Qualifications

Required Education/Experience:

  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program


  • Master’s degree in related field, such as (but not limited to) Education, Educational Curriculum and Instruction, Higher Education, or Educational Technology AND                         

                                       - 0-24 months of experience in Open Education

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated skill in effective and persuasive written and oral communication, including public speaking.
  • Ability to consult and collaborate with diverse groups of people in a respectful, equitable and inclusive way.
  • Ability to establish effective cooperative working relationships.
  • Ability to define goals and timelines and coordinate existing staff and technology resources to achieve or exceed desired outcomes on both short- and long-term projects.
  • Ability to assess and learn new technologies quickly.
  • Ability to work creatively in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to take initiative and be self-directed.
  • Understanding of copyright, open licensing, fair use, author rights, archiving rights, and institutional repositories.
  • Ability to lead programming and outreach efforts.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience working in a university setting.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the open education community.
  • Prior experience as an instructor and/or instructional librarian.
  • Training or experience in instructional design principles and/or curriculum design, including experience with learning management systems.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience with web-based publishing, presentation tools, and various media types.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems and formulate strategies to solve them.
  • Comfort with quantitative data and analysis.
  • Experience in the evaluation of textbooks for one or more particular fields.


All applications must include a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references. Hiring will be contingent upon submission of academic transcripts.  To apply for this position, go to and search for job number 212783.

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services. For questions regarding non-discrimination policies, please visit OU Institutional Equity Office.

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