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Wednesday, August 11 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Expanding Your Search Strategies

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The pivotal point for librarians making the case to faculty for OER adoption is the ability to offer a list of viable alternatives to commercial textbooks. Depending on the nature of the course and the pedagogical approach of the instructor, these lists can be as simple as a single OER textbook and as complex as a painstaking spreadsheet of links to OER, public domain, library resources, and fair use materials to correspond with each topic in the course.

What do you do when there simply isn’t an OER textbook for an instructor who would like to trade their expensive commercial textbook for free materials? This session will cover lesser known OER collections and advanced search strategies for OER librarians. It will incorporate an OER Content Sharing Template (Abbey Elder, Iowa State University) as an organizational structure to convey details to faculty. Participants will receive a handout with links to more out-of-the-way sources for free text materials and search strategies for more difficult topics.

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Tina Ulrich

Librarian/Consultant, Tina Ulrich
I am a freelance OER librarian currently working with Central Michigan University, Oakland Community College, and Michigan Colleges Online.  I am interested in the development of new OER text materials that I can recommend to the faculty I work with. I am also interested in the development... Read More →

Wednesday August 11, 2021 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT