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Faculty and Staff Library Resources and Services

This guide gathers resources to assist faculty and staff in using Western's library tools, resources, and services.

What is OER?

OER is the frequently used acronym for Open Educational Resources.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined as instructional materials that are fully accessible and reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge

This is the DOERS3 definition of OER, adapted from the Hewlett Foundation definition of OER. It is reused here thanks to a Creative Commons-Attribution license.

OER @ the Western Library

Open Educational Resources can be a great tool for you and for students, but there are so many out there! 

Your librarians are happy to help you in searching for Open Educational Resources (and other learning resources that you can use legally). Reach out to them ( if you would like assistance with:

  • Finding potential OER textbook options for your discipline or course
  • Locating additional resources, articles, or media for your classes
  • Understanding copyright restrictions of media or content you find online
  • Remixing or adapting OER so its relevant for your students

For background information on Open Educational Resources or for ideas on using open resources, please visit our guide on Open Educational Resources:

You can get started with searching for OER and DRM-free library ebooks using Faculty Select:

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