OER Ambassadors

Texas Digital Library is expanding our services to include support for Open Educational Resources (OER). Driven by initiatives to increase the adoption of OER from across our consortium of academic libraries, TDL is responding to the needs of our members as well as the needs of Texas higher education students to meet their scholarly and financial challenges.


TDL’s OER Ambassadors will serve to develop a Community of Practice around OER and a source of expertise for all consortium members. Only OTN Summer Institute attendees within the TDL membership will be able to join the group at this time.

In order to be eligible, applicants must be from a TDL member institution and commit to serving the consortium as an OER Ambassador for a minimum of two years. Additionally, OER is required to be an explicit component of members’ current work.

OER Ambassadors will be expected to:

  • attend the Open Textbook Network Summer Institute (travel and lodging paid), July 27-31, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • attend Ambassador meetings (virtual)
  • support TDL members with OER and OTN questions via listserv and/or web conference
  • help create shared OER-related resources for TDL members
  • support other consortium members with OTN workshops
  • participate in the OTN publishing co-op, and coordinate work in Scribe on behalf of the consortium

TDL’s OER Ambassador Group is intended to benefit our member libraries and, as such, most suited for library staff and faculty. University staff outside the library are eligible to apply with a letter of support from the appropriate library administrator.


An application is required to become an OER Ambassador. If you are a TDL member interested in becoming an OER Ambassador, please apply here by February 21, 2020 or contact info@tdl.org for more information.

We ask that you include the following in your application form:

    • Your name, title, institution, and email address.
    • What unit on campus is leading your OER initiatives.
    • Describe the status of OER initiatives on your campus and your role in relation to those initiatives.
    • Describe your experience and strengths you would bring to this role, including collaboration, service, instruction, creating OER, and outreach.
    • Upload a one-page, typed and signed letter of support from supervisor or library director outlining their commitment to supporting your work. [Here is a sample you can adapt for your use.]
    • Confirm agreement to commit to serve and agree to attend OTNSI 2020.