Texas OER Summit for Academic Libraries

Texas OER Summit

Summit Re-cap | Ways to Engage | Summit Details


In November 2018, Texas Digital Library and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission helped organize a Texas Statewide OER Summit, hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio. More than 100 librarians, administrators, faculty, and students from over 60 institutions across Texas attended to learn more about OER and to work together towards consensus on a statewide agenda for affordable resources.

On the second day of the Summit, attendees engaged in a series of facilitated discussions and exercises intended to develop consensus around priorities for statewide action in Texas. Dr. Maggie Melo, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at UNC Chapel Hill, served as the facilitator for these discussions. Working in groups throughout the day, participants articulated and narrowed a set of priority “themes” around which goals and strategies could be developed.

The top 3 themes prioritized by the group were:

  1. Issues related to funding and sustainability for OER programs.
  2. Concerns among faculty about the impact of OER incentives on academic freedom, coupled with the sometimes competing desire for course standardization.
  3. Opportunities provided by a strong history of library collaboration within the state.

Groups also made recommendations about specific goals and actions to achieve those goals. There is much more work to be done, including the development of a detailed report and analysis of meeting outcomes. Materials from the Summit have been posted to the TDL Repository, and the completed Summit report will also be deposited there. A preliminary report was published in the 2018 winter Texas Library Association Journal. The full issue is available online here, pages 20-21.


Don’t miss out on updates regarding OER trainings, events, and other important opportunities for engaging with Texas’ higher education OER community. Join the Texas OER Community for Higher Education Google Group to stay up-to-date on all things OER in Texas higher ed. Just go to https://groups.google.com/d/forum/texas-oer-community-he and click “Apply to join.” More information about joining a Google group is available here.

Presentations, shared notes, and other event materials are available for download in Texas Digital Library’s repository. You can access the collection at https://tdl-ir.tdl.org/handle/2249.1/156312.

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Summit Details

November 15-16, 2018 | The University of Texas at San Antonio

Academic librarians, faculty, and administrators with an interest in Open Educational Resources are invited to attend a strategic planning summit to consider OER at a statewide level. We hope to develop a set of shared goals and strategies that can be implemented across the state.

There will be no registration fee, but the number of attendees will initially be capped at two per institution. Library deans and directors will designate two attendees from their institutions. The deadline to register is Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 5pm.


November 15-16, 2018


UT San Antonio, John Peace Library, Faculty Center
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-067
Google Map

Parking available for $2/hour at Bauerle Garage
Parking Map

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Registrants of the Texas OER Summit are invited to participate in an OER Bootcamp, facilitated by Texas A&M University-San Antonio and the University of Houston, and featuring panelists from Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Texas at San Antonio. This session, which will take place immediately prior to the start of the Summit, is intended to provide an overview of Open Educational Resources for attendees new to these concepts and related activities.

Attendance is optional, and we ask that you please sign up using the form below by November 12, 2018.

OER Boot Camp Program

The OER Boot Camp will be facilitated by Pru Morris, Digital Resources Manager, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and Ariana Santiago, Open Educational Resources Coordinator at the University of Houston. The event will feature panelists Michelle Reed, Open Education Librarian at University of Texas at Arlington, Camille Thomas, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Texas Tech University, and DeeAnn Ivie, Open Education Coordinator, University of Texas at San Antonio, followed by a Q&A.

You are encouraged to bring your lunch to the session. Restaurants are in the food court on 1st floor of the John Peace Library. With so many good lunch options… be in line at the food court by 10:30 in order to make the 11am start time.

We have a lot of content to cover and want to make sure we have ample time for questions at the end of the presentations from our panelists, so please be present and ready for the Boot Camp promptly at 11:00 a.m.

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Share what works!

Two minutes, One slide: Help our state spread the positive impacts of OER by sharing out the success at your institution. Follow the link, submit a PowerPoint slide, and prepare to give an informal 2 min. report on Thursday afternoon.

Sign up is required and participation is limited. Registered attendees of the Summit may the form below to sign up by November 12, 2018.


Please use the form below to indicate whether you will be attending the OER Boot Camp and if you would like to participate in the lightning talks.

Complete the sign up form

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Day 1 (November 15): Laying the Foundation

11:00am-12:30 pm Optional Pre-Summit Session

OER Bootcamp: Learn the basics of Open Educational Resources Registration open to registrants only.

1:00-1:15 pm Welcome
1:15-2:30 pm Overview of OER Activities in Texas and Beyond: Agencies, Consortia, and Systems

  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Texas State Library and and Archives Commission
  • Texas Digital Library
  • University Systems
2:30-3:30 p.m. Institutional Lightning Round

Informal 2-minute reports on activities at the institution level.

3:30-3:45 p.m. Break
3:45-5:00 p.m. Statewide and Collaborative Projects Panel

Virtual panel with leaders on non-Texas statewide initiatives and collaborative projects.

5:00-5:30 p.m. Discussion and Wrap-Up of Day 1; Preview of Day 2
5:30 pm Reception hosted by UT San Antonio Libraries

Day 2 (November 16): Building for the Future

Day 2 of the Texas Statewide OER Summit will feature facilitated discussion and planning sessions to develop consensus around statewide needs, challenges, and priorities for future collaborative work. 

We are very excited to welcome Marijel (Maggie) Melo from UNC Chapel Hill as our facilitator for Day 2 activities. Learn more about Maggie here.


7:30 – 8:30am Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00am Opening Remarks
9:00 – 10:00am Session 1 – SWOT Analyses
10:00-10:15am Break
10:15 – 11:30am Session 2 – Breakout Discussions 1
11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30 – 2:30pm Session 3 – Breakout Discussions 2
2:30 – 2:45pm Break
2:45 – 3:45pm Session 4 – Synthesis and Wrap up
3:45 – 4:00pm Closing Remarks

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Food & Beverage

  • Water, coffee, and tea will be available for attendees on both days.
  • No meal service provided on Day 1; optional social event following last session
  • Breakfast and lunch served on Day 2.


There are several hotels near the UTSA campus:

Drury Inn and Suites- Near La Cantera

Phone: 210-696-0800


Quality Inn Fiesta at Six Flags

Phone: (210) 696-4766


Wyndham Garden near La Cantera

Phone: 210-690-0300


Staybridge Suites NW Near Six Flags Fiesta

Phone: (210) 691-3443


Courtyard San Antonio Six Flags at the Rim

Phone: (210) 558-7774


See more hotel options at at: http://education.utsa.edu/lead/travel_hotel_info/

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The Texas OER Summit venue provides ADA-compliant meeting rooms, parking spaces, and accessible restrooms. If you require disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact the Texas Digital Library at info@tdl.org a minimum of two weeks prior to the event so that we can accommodate your request.


The Texas OER Summit invites academic librarians, faculty, and administrators with an interest in Open Educational Resources to attend a strategic planning summit to consider OER at a statewide level. We hope to develop a set of shared goals and strategies that can be implemented across the state.

The Summit Planning Committee, including organizers Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Texas Digital Library, as well as our hosts at UT San Antonio, are committed to the presence and contributions of all persons regardless of age, culture, abilities, bodies, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, nationality, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. We believe that libraries are stewarded and utilized by diverse participants, and that supporting the visibility of such diversity enhances the experiences of all library community members. As such, this Summit values inclusiveness and the maintenance of a safe and accountable space for all participants.

The Summit Planning Committee, hosts, and organizers are dedicated to providing collaborative and conference experiences that are free from all forms of harassment, and inclusive of all people. We know that the best problem-solving and critical thinking happens when people with a wide array of experiences and perspectives come together to work in comfort and safety as peers. We therefore expect participants in the Texas OER Summit to help create thoughtful and respectful environments where that interaction can take place.

The above statement was crafted from examples set forth by the Different Games Conferenceand the Digital Library Federation Code of Conduct.

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For more information about the Texas OER Summit, please contact info@tdl.org.

Organized by

Texas Digital Library  |  Texas State Library and Archives Commission  |  The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries

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