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UNC University Library Advisory Council: Open Educational Resources

ULAC is composed of the directors of the 17 University Libraries and a representative from the UNC System Office. This guide covers ULAC's mission, vision, committees, roster, etc.

What are Open Educational Resources?

What are Open Educational Resources (OER):

Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment. Open Education maximizes the power of the Internet to make education more affordable, accessible and effective.


What is our project doing:

With support from an Actualizing Innovations Meant to Scale, (AIMS) grant from the University of North Carolina System Office, the UNC University Libraries Advisory Committee built the Open Educational Resource capacity at all system institutions. Using $15,000 of the AIMS grant, ULAC purchased system-wide membership in the Open Textbook Network, and held a series of faculty and librarian workshops for participants from all 17 institutions to “train the trainer,” who conducted additional workshops at their home campuses.  The overall goal is for the initial efforts to grow into system-wide programs to benefit all UNC students and create communities of practice for different academic disciplines.

North Carolina OER Programs

Schools with active OER programs are listed below. If you have a program to add, please contact us.

UNC System Contacts

Beth Bernhardt, Assistant Dean for Collection Managment and Scholarly Communications, UNC Greensboro, 336-256-1210

Will Cross, Director, Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center, NCSU Libraries, 919-513-2416

Laura Hess, Instruction and Reference Librarian, UNC Pembroke, 910-775-4174

Jeanne Hoover, Scholarly Communication Librarian, ECU, 252-328-2261

Jeff McAdams, Science and Engineering Librarian, UNC Charlotte, 704-687-6163

Jacqueline Solis, Director of Research and Instructional Services, UNC Chapel Hill, 919-962-3822


OER Resources

Open Textbook Library

The Open Textbook Library provides access to open textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization. The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks. It is supported by the Center for Open Education and the Open Textbook Network.


Open Textbook Resources and Toolkit

For open textbook workshop materials, please contact us to get access to the Google Folder.

Statistics for UNC System Schools

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Open Textbook Videos