• VALE-NJ OER Certificate Program

    The VALE OER Ambassadors invite you to apply to participate in the VALE-NJ OER Certificate Program. This 5-week online course is designed to introduce librarians and library staff across the VALE-NJ network to open educational resources (OER) and engage you in the development of collaborative, multi-institutional solutions to increase the use and application of OER across colleges and universities within New Jersey. This course aims to:

    Advance participants’ knowledge of OER, Creative Commons, and open pedagogy

    Build competencies for advancing participants’ own OER institutional needs

    Connect participants with colleagues across NJ to foster institutional collaborations

    The course will include weekly self-paced modules in Canvas, once per week synchronous meetings and a collaborative multi-institutional project to be submitted within two weeks of finishing the course. The course is capped at 18 participants, who will be divided into three smaller cohorts. Opportunities for engaging with your cohort and with other cohorts will be provided during the synchronous meetings. The first course will run from May 16 – June 17, 2022. Applicants are expected to be available throughout that timeframe to participate meaningfully in the course. Participants will be issued a certificate of completion from VALE at the conclusion of the course.

    The application asks you to describe your experience with OER so far, your long-term goals for your OER work and a possible collaborative project idea that would benefit your work or your institution. Your responses to these questions will assist in creating cohorts that represent a range of experience, institution-types, and goals across the state. Participation is limited to librarians and library staff from NJ institutions of higher education. An optional letter of support from your supervisor may be included with your application, but is not required.

    Applications are due by Sunday, April 24th. Selected participants will be notified by Friday, May 6th. Questions regarding the application process or the course can be sent to njoerambassadors@gmail.com or directly to one of the VALE OER Ambassadors, listed below.

    Thank you!

    VALE OER Ambassadors:
    Megan Dempsey
    Muhammad Hassan
    Lily Todorinova

Apply Now – VALE OER Certificate Program






  • OpenNJ – OER Repository

    OpenNJ is a statewide repository and referatorium collection developed for New Jersey higher education institutions for its educators to find and access materials. This resource builds a community of practice around OER, and allows educators to learn about who uses what materials already, and what they might consider for their own use. Educators may submit their own items for consideration, which will be reviewed by the OpenNJ Advisory Committee.

    OpenNJ is intended to house:

    — Openly licensed or public domain OER adopted, adapted, and created for use in NJ


    — Open and affordable materials adopted, adapted, and created for use in NJ. These materials may include copyrighted material so an external URL may refer to the original source.


    — Full text items with links to native sources as appropriate.







  • VALE OER Ambassador Program

    For the period of May 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023, VALE has appointed three academic librarians to serve as OER Ambassadors. These OER Ambassadors will be responsible for leading a two year, coordinated, statewide effort to advance OER and textbook affordability in NJ higher education. This work will primarily be done by visiting institutions to provide workshops or to support local leaders in organizing workshops, participating in VALE’s OER listserv, and networking with librarians and faculty across institutions to form collaborative relationships around OER implementation.

    2021-2023 OER Ambassadors:
    Megan Dempsey – Associate Professor, Instructional Services Librarian, Raritan Valley Community College
    Muhammad Hassan – Director Of Digital Information Resources, The Learning Commons (NTLC), Kean University
    Lily Todorinova – Undergraduate Experience Librarian, New Brunswick Libraries, Rutgers University

    The ambassadors can be contacted at njoerambassadors@gmail.com






  • OER Listserv

    The VALE OER Listserv serves as a clearinghouse of ideas for any number of aspects of Open Educational Resources. We seek your ideas, questions, strategies, experiences with, marketing tips and anything else OER related that you think is worthwhile for the community.

    There is no reason to limit ourselves to discussions about textbooks either. Learning objects, Libguides, other free resources — just bring it!

Sign up for the OER listserv here