Creating open education program leaders

The Certificate in OER Librarianship is a comprehensive professional development program that offers formal training, a community of peers, and expert mentors in order to build sustainable, collaborative, and effective open education initiatives on higher education campuses.

The Certificate includes online content, mentor-led cohort meetings, and program development support. A culminating final project helps participants put what they have learned into action. Librarians who successfully complete the eight-month program will receive a Certificate in OER Librarianship from the Open Education Network.

Participant Testimonials


Director of Library Services, Mount Mercy University

OER Librarianship Certificate 2022 Alumni

"I look forward to first steps with my campus action plan, excited about the possibilities and good work happening on our campus."


Dean - Library & Information Sciences, Maskwacis Cultural College

OER Librarianship Certificate 2021 Alumni

“…relevant, timely, context-specific feedback…helped me strategically position open pedagogy and authorship in my college.”

Certificate in OER Librarianship 2024

If you are interested in receiving information about the 2024 cohort of the Certificate in OER Librarianship, please put your name and email on this sign up list, and you will emailed directly with information next fall. 

2024 rates for the Certificate in OER Librarianship are as follows:

Membership Type Rates
Institutional $730
Non-Member $1280
*Consortial Institutions $1010
Resource-Limited Scholarship $400
Full Scholarship for Librarians Identifying as BIPOC $0
*Institutions that are a part of OEN member consortia or state systems

Additional Information

Learners who complete the Certificate in OER Librarianship may qualify for advanced entry in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Professional Program in Open Education. The certificate’s culminating final action plan project satisfies the outcomes of the Field Project course. See KPU for more information.

Certificate in OER Librarianship Instructors

Cheryl Casey


Cheryl (Cuillier) Casey is the Open Education Librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson. She coordinates campus OER initiatives and collaborates with a wide range of university partners. She has spoken about OER and other ways of reducing the cost of course materials at a number of national and regional conferences. She has been an active member of the Open Education Network since 2015. She is also a Faculty Senator and involved in library faculty governance.

Gabby Hernandez


Gabby Hernandez is the Open Education Librarian at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She coordinates the Textbook Affordability Project which supports the advocacy and implementation of open educational practices at UTRGV. With a background as a K-12 educator, she brings a unique perspective and understanding of the importance of equitable access to education. She has also served on various external committees and spoken at conferences to advance OER in Texas and beyond.

Jeanne Hoover


Jeanne Hoover is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at East Carolina University. She leads the Research and Scholarly Communication team in supporting faculty and student scholarly communication needs on campus. In this role, she helps coordinate ECU’s mini-grant textbook program, provides workshops on scholarly communication topics, and manages the institutional repository. She is also active in state-wide OER and textbook affordability initiatives through the University of North Carolina System and NC LIVE’s Open Education North Carolina. Jeanne was a 2018-2019 SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow.

Bryan McGeary


Dr. Bryan McGeary is the Learning Design and Open Education Engagement Librarian at Penn State University. In this role, he helps advance the University’s initiatives that support the creation and use of open and affordable course content and associated teaching practices. He co-leads the Affordable Course Transformation (ACT) grant program, which supports faculty in creating and adapting open educational resources, and he previously started a grant program at Ohio University to support student creation of OER. He is a member of the advisory and review board for PA GOAL, a program funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education that offers mini-grants to create open and affordable learning projects at institutions across Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is a 2020-2021 SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow, a facilitator for the Rebus Textbook Success Program, a member of Affordable Learning Pennsylvania’s steering committee, a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Open Education Network’s Certificate in OER Librarianship, and co-editor of the peer-reviewed open access journal Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice. He is also co-creator of the Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap, a module-based resource designed to assist instructors in planning, finding support for, sharing, and sustaining open pedagogy projects.

Wayde Oshiro


Wayde Oshiro is the Interim Learning Commons and Library Coordinator at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawaiʻi. He has over twenty years of experience in academic librarianship including positions in public services, reference, instruction, and leadership. In 2014, Wayde was on the two-person team that established the OER initiative at Leeward. Since 2015 he has served as a lead for the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges System OER Initiative. Wayde has facilitated faculty workshops ranging from one-hour open textbook review sessions to a five-day OER track for faculty members from across the University of Hawaiʻi System. His recent interests include OER stewardship and the sustainability of initiatives.

Lily Todorinova


Lily Todorinova is the Undergraduate Experience Librarian/Open Educational Research at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Lily has been involved with open education since 2015, as a participant in the Open Education Network Institute and as a participant in the first OER Librarianship Certificate Program. Lily’s interests include open pedagogy, open research, and student/faculty outreach.

Nicole Williams


Nicole Williams is the Electronic Resources Librarian and an Assistant Professor at the City University of New York’s School of Medicine. She holds an MLIS from Rutgers University and a MALS with a concentration in Africana Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center. She has worked in public, k-12, and post-secondary academic libraries in the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Nicole is an advocate of equitable, inclusive, and student-centered learning experiences, particularly those achieved through the use of open pedagogy and open educational resources. Her practice is built upon the belief that meaningful library services must extend beyond the satisfaction of immediate information or entertainment needs. Her scholarly interests range from how to address external barriers to student success, to romance novels as reflections of society, to issues of identity and representation in major studio Hollywood films.

Michael Whitchurch


Michael Whitchurch is the Open and Media Learning Librarian at Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library. He received his MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 1999 where his passion for the marriage of information and technology took root. He currently leads the OER efforts at BYU in part by chairing the BYU Affordable Course Materials Working Group and the Library Scholarly Communications Committee. He also provides strategic guidance to the software training, media production, and makerspace units of the library.


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