Creating open education program leaders

The Certificate in OER Librarianship is a comprehensive professional development program that offers formal training, a community of peers, and expert mentors in order to build sustainable, collaborative, and effective open education initiatives on higher education campuses.

The Certificate includes online content, mentor-led cohort meetings, and program development support. A culminating final project helps participants put what they have learned into action. Librarians who successfully complete the eight-month program will receive a Certificate in OER Librarianship from the Open Education Network.

If you are interested in the 2023 cohort, please sign up here to receive information prior to the program's start.

Participant Testimonials

Beth Daniel Lindsay


Research & Instruction Librarian Wabash College

OER Librarianship Certificate 2021 Alumni

“I highly recommend this program to any librarian interested in open education!”
Manisha Khetarpal


Dean - Library & Information Sciences Maskwacis Cultural College

OER Librarianship Certificate 2021 Alumni

“…relevant, timely, context-specific feedback…helped me strategically position open pedagogy and authorship in my college.”

2022 Program Costs

Costs include registration and participation in the eight-month program.
  • OEN Members (including Allied): $670
  • Affiliated through an OEN System or Consortia: $920
  • Non-member: $1170
* Financial assistance is available. 

2022 Information Session

Additional Information

Learners who complete the Certificate in OER Librarianship may qualify for advanced entry in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Professional Program in Open Education. The certificate’s culminating final action plan project satisfies the outcomes of the Field Project course. See KPU for more information.

Certificate in OER Librarianship Instructors

Will Cross


Will Cross is the Director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center in the North Carolina State University Libraries where he guides legal policy and practice and leads digital scholarship and publishing initiatives. Trained as a lawyer and librarian, Will speaks and writes on the intersection of legal issues, innovative library practice, and open culture. He teaches with the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow and in the UNC SILS and serves as co-PI on two IMLS planning grants focused on developing open educational resources (OER) for teaching scholarly communication and on the development of an “Open Textbook Toolkit” that leverages library publishing services to support open pedagogy.​

Cheryl Cuillier Casey


Cheryl (Cuillier) Casey is the Open Education Librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson. She coordinates campus OER initiatives and collaborates with a wide range of university partners. She has spoken about OER and other ways of reducing the cost of course materials at a number of national and regional conferences. An active member of the Open Education Network since 2015, she currently serves on the Open Education Network Steering Committee. She is also a Faculty Senator and involved in library faculty governance.

Mandi Goodsett


Mandi Goodsett is the Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian at Cleveland State University. She earned her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. Mandi’s professional interests include open education, critical thinking and library instruction, and distance learning. In keeping with her interest in promoting open education, Mandi also serves as an OhioLINK Affordable Learning Ambassador for Ohio. To learn more about Mandi, you can visit her website.

Jeanne Hoover


Jeanne Hoover is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at East Carolina University. She leads the Research and Scholarly Communication team in supporting faculty and student scholarly communication needs on campus. In this role, she helps coordinate ECU’s mini-grant textbook program, provides workshops on scholarly communication topics, and manages the institutional repository. She is also active in state-wide OER and textbook affordability initiatives through the University of North Carolina System and NC LIVE’s Open Education North Carolina. Jeanne was a 2018-2019 SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow.

Wayde Oshiro


Wayde Oshiro is the Interim Learning Commons and Library Coordinator at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawaiʻi. He has over twenty years of experience in academic librarianship including positions in public services, reference, instruction, and leadership. In 2014, Wayde was on the two-person team that established the OER initiative at Leeward. Since 2015 he has served as a lead for the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges System OER Initiative. Wayde has facilitated faculty workshops ranging from one-hour open textbook review sessions to a five-day OER track for faculty members from across the University of Hawaiʻi System. His recent interests include OER stewardship and the sustainability of initiatives.

Elaine Thornton


Elaine Thornton Is the Open Education and Distance Learning Librarian at the University of Arkansas. She coordinates OER initiatives and works with a dedicated team of faculty and staff to promote these initiatives and advocate for expanding OER on campus. In addition to open education, her research and professional interests include adult and lifelong learning, professional development and continuing education, and mentoring especially as these issues relate to academic librarians. Elaine earned an MS in library science from the University of North Texas and an MA in history from the University of Michigan.

Lily Todorinova


Lily Todorinova is the Undergraduate Experience Librarian/Open Educational Research at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Lily has been involved with open education since 2015, as a participant in the Open Education Network Institute and as a participant in the first OER Librarianship Certificate Program. Lily’s interests include open pedagogy, open research, and student/faculty outreach.

Michael Whitchurch


Michael Whitchurch is the Open and Media Learning Librarian at Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library. He received his MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 1999 where his passion for the marriage of information and technology took root. He currently leads the OER efforts at BYU in part by chairing the BYU Affordable Course Materials Working Group and the Library Scholarly Communications Committee. He also provides strategic guidance to the software training, media production, and makerspace units of the library.


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