Certificate in oer librarianship

Creating open education program leaders

Call for Applications for a 2021 Cohort

The OEN is excited to be extending a Call for Applications for a 3rd cohort of the Certificate in OER Librarianship beginning in February of 2021! We will be hosting an information session on the Certificate program at 1:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, September 25th that will include an overview of the program, former and current participant testimonials, and a Q & A time with Certificate instructors and OEN staff. Join us to learn more!

The Certificate in OER Librarianship develops effective open education leaders who want to be stewards and advocates for open educational resources. With support from experienced instructors, we build comprehensive knowledge in open education programming, and begin to apply that knowledge within local contexts and cultures. We also share strategies for navigating the interpersonal and institutional conflicts often encountered when building open education programs.

The Certificate includes online content, mentor-led cohort meetings, and post-workshop program development and a culminating final project that helps participants put what they have learned into action. There is no required in-person component for the 2021 cohort.


Costs to attendees includes registration and participation in the complete eight-month program. Please view the Call for Applications if you are seeking financial assistance. 

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OEN Members


Affiliated through an OEN system or consortia 




Scholarship Opportunity for BIPOC Librarians

In an effort to address the shortage of librarians of color in open education, we are excited to be able to offer some full scholarships to librarians who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). Please see the Call for Applications for further information.

Ready to Apply?

Please go to https://z.umn.edu/CertificateApp2021 to apply. Applications are due by November 6, 2020, 11:59 pm CDT. Applicants will be notified by December 11th, 2020.

More Questions?

Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions resource. 

Katie Pierce Farrier


“Even with the chaos of the pandemic, I have learned so much from this program. Through our online meetings, I have learned so much from the other participants. This program helped me explore OER initiatives and taught me how to better focus my efforts to make our OER initiative stronger and more sustainable.”


Lake Superior College

“Taking the Certificate in OER Librarianship program is like learning to cook cuisine with Julia Child. The course covers all things “open” through well-researched readings, videos and assignments designed for either novice or experienced OER advocates. I highly recommend this course for any interested academic librarians.”

Jennifer Pate

University of North Alabama

Participating in the OEN Certificate in OER Librarianship has been so beneficial, especially the mentorship of my cohort leader in the program. She has been a great sounding board for my ideas, and a source of advice and guidance. In addition, all of the facilitators have been able to add their expertise, helping me build a strong foundation for OER.”

Certificate in OER Librarianship Instructors

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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.​

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Cheryl Cuillier 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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