Leading the Charge: TLs & OER

Your guide to Openly-Licensed Educational Resources

What is OER?

In the 2016 National Education Technology Plan, the Department defines openly licensed educational resources as teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others. Digital openly licensed resources can include complete online courses, modular digital textbooks as well as more granular resources such as images, videos, and assessment items.

(“Open Education.” Office of Educational Technology, tech.ed.gov/open/.)

Teacher Librarians & OER

Teacher Librarians are uniquely situated to support OER. Not only do they have specified training that supports exploration, curation, and ethical use, but they are also natural leaders.


The articles below are excellent resources for Teacher Librarians working to support OER.

Where to start?

There are several places to begin your search for Openly-Licensed Educational Resources. Below is a Padlet with some OER repositories, collections of OER materials.
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Digging Deeper

Curious to explore more? Below are links to annotated lists of OER repositories to deepen your understanding of available resources.

Creative Commons Licenses

Additional Support

Still have questions? Have a district or group who would benefit from learning about OER? Please contact:

Lynn Kleinmeyer

Lynn Kleinmeyer is a Grant Wood AEA Digital Learning consultant. Lynn has a strong background in literacy. Prior to joining the Digital Learning Team, Lynn worked for 3 years as a Teacher Librarian for 2nd-5th graders and prior to that taught 7th grade Reading for 13 years. Lynn is dedicated to supporting the integration of technology and information literacy skills in every classroom.