Open Educational Resources Librarian -- University of Oklahoma -- Norman, OK

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.

About University Libraries
University Libraries seeks to create an atmosphere in which diverse thought and experiences are valued and that promises opportunities to succeed and thrive. Named an “Education Futurist” and recipient of a Campus Technology Innovators Award, the University of Oklahoma Libraries’ award-winning facilities and resources create opportunities for faculty and students to excel. We invest in our organization by recruiting individuals committed to superior user experience and by actively strengthening and expanding our skills and capabilities.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries’ team consists of 16 library faculty, 51 professional staff, and 35 classified staff, as well as graduate and undergraduate assistants. Facilities include the Bizzell Memorial Library located in the heart of campus, Monnet Hall, hosting the Western History Collections, and three branch libraries: Architecture Library, Youngblood Energy Library, and Fine Arts Library. Affiliated OU libraries, not within the administrative oversight of University Libraries, include: the Donald E. Pray Law Library on the Norman campus, Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library on the Oklahoma City campus, and the Schusterman Library on the Tulsa campus.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries is the largest academic research library in the state of Oklahoma containing more than 5.4 million volumes (including 1.8 million eBooks), 3.6 million microform materials, over 300 databases, and 170,000 serials. Outstanding special collections include the History of Science Collections, with 100,000 volumes; the Western History Collections, with over 12,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 2 million photographs, 80,000 volumes, 2,700 sound recordings, 5,000 cartographic resources, and 580 works of art; the Harry W. Bass Business History Collections, with over 23,000 volumes; the John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections, with over 12,000 volumes; and the Chinese Literature Translation Archive, which houses nearly 10,000 volumes and thousands of documents relating to translators of modern Chinese literature in the West.

University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Greater Western Libraries Alliance, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Public Library of America, HathiTrust, Western Storage Trust, Open Textbook Network, Library Publishing Coalition.

About the University
The University of Oklahoma serves the educational, cultural, economic, and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and Tulsa Schusterman Center. The university is home to over 31,000 students, more than 3,500 faculty and 8,000 staff across all three campuses and is supported by a $2 billion budget and an endowment of $1.52 billion. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No. 1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.

The central campus and administrative offices of the University of Oklahoma are located in Norman, a city of more than 120,000 residents. Norman is often cited in "best places to live" rankings and is a culturally rich and vibrant community with outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living. See for more information about Norman. The state capital, Oklahoma City, is located 20 miles to the north. With over 1.35 million residents and a unique central plains heritage, the Oklahoma City metro is home to a diverse and lively array of arts, culture, dining, sports, and entertainment. For more information about Oklahoma City, see

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