VALE-OER Ambassador Program

For the 2019-2020 academic year, VALE has appointed four academic librarians to serve as OER Ambassadors. These Ambassadors attended the Open Textbook Network’s Summer Institute (OTNSI) in July 2019.  The Open Textbook Network (OTN) is a network of members who work to drive institutional change around textbook affordability.

Following OTNSI, the four OER Ambassadors will be responsible for leading a one 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, collecting data from institutions to report to OTN, participating in OTN’s Google Group and VALE’s OER listserv, and networking with librarians and faculty across institutions to form collaborative relationships around OER implementation.

2019-2020 OER Ambassadors:

  • Alison Cole, Felician University
  • Ken Karol, Passaic County Community College
  • Janet Marler, Ocean County College
  • Marilyn Ochoa, Middlesex County College

The ambassadors can be contacted at

Click here to request an OER workshop at your campus

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!

Open Textbook Network

VALE is a consortial member of the Open Textbook Network.