The Librarian OER Toolbox is a collection of links to (mostly) open resources. It is designed for librarians, expert searchers, and people who "enjoy the hunt" through overwhelming volumes of information. This site represents the most comprehensive lists we have found of the places to look for open educational resources written in English. WARNING: Using this page may cause information overload. Proceed with caution.
OER audio, video, images, simulations, textbooks, courseware . . . for those who love to search.
Google Advanced Search (filter usage rights)
Open Course Library (SBCTC)
Open Textbooks (free, Faculty-editable)
Open Stax College (Rice University) http://openstaxcollege.org
BC Campus Open ED http://open.bccampus.ca
Open Textbook Library http://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks
MERLOT (material type=open textbook) http://www.merlot.org/merlot/advSearchMaterials.htm
Open Textbooks CCCOER http://oerconsortium.org/discipline-specific
College Open Textbooks http://collegeopentextbooks.org
Open SUNY Textbooks http://opensuny.org/omp/index.php/SUNYOpenTextbooks
Boundless ($) https://www.boundless.com
Flatworld Knowledge ($) http://catalog.flatworldknowledge.com
Thuze ($) https://www.thuze.com
Slightly lower cost commercial Custom Textbooks (Note: these tend to have lower or zero re-sale value)
Bedford, Freeman & Worth, Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, & Wiley
California Learning Resource Network http://www.clrn.org
Carnegie Mellon University - Open + Free Courses http://oli.cmu.edu/learn-with-oli/see-our-free-open-courses/
HUBS Knowledge Base - Quality articles for engineers and designers to learn about Digital Manufacturing. https://www.hubs.com/knowledge-base/
MIT Open Courseware http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
National Repository of Online Courses http://www.montereyinstitute.org/nroc/
Notre Dame OpenCourseWare http://ocw.nd.edu/
Open Courseware Library http://opencourselibrary.org
Open Yale Courses http://oyc.yale.edu/
OpenCourseWare data faceted search http://serendipity.utpl.edu.ec
OpenCourseWare Consortium http://www.ocwconsortium.org/
Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) https://p2pu.org/en
Saylor.org Academy http://www.saylor.org
Stanford Online http://online.stanford.edu
Tufts OpenCourseWare http://ocw.tufts.edu
UNU Open Coursware (archived site) http://ocw.unu.edu
Utah State OpenCourseWare http://ocw.usu.edu
Library OER initiatives (from SPARC) - an list of OER initiatives involving libraries or librarians. Organized geographically.
A number of international, state, regional, and local OER consortia also exist, including: OpenVA, OpenWashington, and many others. Annual conferences, such as OpenEdOpen and Education Global are excellent places to explore and obtain support.
A variety of impact, project, policy and other OER maps are also available from the OER Research Hub.
Billings, Marilyn, et al. (2012) “Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: Prospects and Strategies for University Libraries” RLI 280 p2-10
Babson Survey Research Group surveys on Open Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education. (2012 & 2014). The 2014 survey focuses on level of faculty awareness of OER.
Chae, Boyoung and Jenkins, Mark (2015) "A Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation" Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Collins, Sue and Levy, Peter (2013) “Guide to the Use of Open Educational Resources in K-12 and Postsecondary Education” Software & Information Industry Association.
Florida Virtual Campus (2012) 2012 Faculty and Administrator Open Educational Resources Survey. Tallahassee, FL: Author.
Kleinman, Mill (2008) “The Beauty of ‘Some Rights Reserved’: Introducing Creative Commons to librarians, faculty, and students. C&RL News. Vol.69, No. 10. https://doi.org/10.5860/crln.69.10.8077
Kleymeer, Pieter, Kleinman, Molly, and Hansee, Ted (2010) “Reaching the Heart of the University: Libraries and the Future of OER” Presented at the Open Education 2010 Conference, November 2-4, 2010. Barcelona Spain.
Charleston Conference (Nov 2014) issue "Library Roles with Textbook Affordability" Against the Grain 26(5). [Nearly 50+ pages Library and OER projects descriptions] Not Open Access. Ask your Collections Development Department if they have a copy or online subscription.]
Walz, Anita (2015) "Open and Editable: Exploring Library Engagement in Open Educational Resource Adoption, Adaptation and Authoring" Virginia Libraries. Vol.61:23-31.
Much of the material in this guide was created by Anita Walz of the Viginina Tech Library and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 3rd-party content including, but not limited to images and linked items, are subject to their own license terms.