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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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- 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
- 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
- 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
- Contribute to initiatives of University Libraries including
working groups and committees.
- Support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department
and across the university.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Supervisory experience.
- Experience working in a university setting.
- Demonstrated leadership in the open education community.
- Prior experience as an instructor and/or instructional
- Training or experience in instructional design principles
and/or curriculum design, including experience with learning
- Project management experience.
- Experience with web-based publishing, presentation tools, and
various media types.
- Ability to analyze complex problems and formulate strategies to
- Comfort with quantitative data and analysis.
- Experience in the evaluation of textbooks for one or more
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 https://jobs.ou.edu and search for
job number 212783.
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