OER Are Here to Stay. Are Texas Schools Ready?




DeForest, Lea

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As defined by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), "Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment." Open Education Resources (OERs) are free to use and access, but the logistics of acquiring and implementing access to OERs is challenging for academic libraries and other institutions of higher education. The Texas Digital Library is preparing for statewide adoption of OERs and their implementation by academic libraries in Texas institutions of higher education. This poster will illustrate the challenges and barriers of adopting OERs as well as showcase a resource hub developed by TDL.


Lea joins TDL with ten years of experience in communications and fundraising. She holds a BFA in Furniture Design from Maine College of Art and is a master s candidate in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in museum studies. She also volunteers with the Texas Homeless Education Office.