Open Education Support

The Iowa State University Library seeks to broaden access to learning and training traditionally offered by a formal education system through resources, tools, and practices that can be fully used, shared, and adapted in a digital environment through Open Education. For more information about Open Education at Iowa State, visit

    OER Support in the Library

    Open Education iconAbbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian, is available for OER consultations and instruction. Support available includes:

    • support locating and curating resources for instructors interested in integrating OER into their course, and
    • workshops and personalized instruction for faculty, staff, and students on topics related to copyright and OER, 
    • hands-on technical support for instructors publishing OER through the Digital Press.

    Learn More

    • ISU Open Education Website: This website contains information about OER support available on campus, including how to find an open textbook, publish a new OER, and integrate OER into your teaching. 
    • The OER Starter Kit: A handbook created to provide instructors with an introduction to OER. The text is broken into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER. 
    • ISU Library Guide to OER: This guide contains information about how to find OER, including a list of repositories and curated compilations of resources by discipline. 
    • ISU Library Guide to Creative Commons: This guide contains information about Creative Commons licenses, customizable copyright licenses that are used to facilitate making OER "open."