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Curation, Evaluation and Ethical Creation: A Teacher Librarian’s Role in OER

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Listen and learn : Panel

Wednesday, June 26, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: 103A

Bill Bass   Kristina Ishmael   Lynn Kleinmeyer   Mark Ray   Dr. Joyce Valenza  
Teacher librarians are trained curators of instructional materials who work to provide more equitable access and opportunities for all learners. Their training provides them with the unique ability to support schools looking beyond textbooks. Join this session to hear how teacher librarians can catalyze the curation and creation of resources.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Open educational resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.
For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Session Outcomes:
Teacher Librarians will leave the session with ideas of how to support their staff and students in navigating OER.
Administrators and teachers will leave the session with ideas of how Teacher Librarians can help in the curation, ethical use and redistribution of OER.


5 minutes: Welcome & Gauging the Audience (using a polling tool such as Mentimeter to gauge familiarity and role)
10 minutes: Introduction to the Panel Members & Initial Remarks (connection to between librarians, OER and current roles)
8 minutes: Question #1 (Example: What do you consider to be the largest value-add of Teacher Librarians in supporting OERs in their schools?)
8 minutes: Question #2: (Example: How do you help build capacity among Teacher Librarians to support OER?
8 minutes: Question #3: (Example: What are some examples you’ve seen of the impact of librarians in supporting OER?
15 minutes: Audience Questions (taken from both a backchannel, such as Slido, run during the panel and additional questions welcomed from the audience)
5 minutes: Parting Words of Advice

Supporting research

AASL Vision for Implementing ESSA. (2017, March 10). “Open Educational Resources and School Librarians - The Right Fit!” Knowledge Quest. Retrieved from
Godwin, A.E. (2018, July 2). “#Curate OER: What are we seeking to to learn about K-12 librarians and OER?” Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. Retrieved from
Valenza, J. (2016, February 28). “OER and you. The curation mandate.” School Library Journal. Retrieved from
Simmons, M. (2016, April 5). “Reimagining the role of school librarians with OER.” Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. Retrieved from

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Bill Bass, Parkway School District
ISTE Certified
Kristina Ishmael, Ishmael Consulting, LLC
Lynn Kleinmeyer, Grant Wood AEA
Mark Ray, Amalgamated Futures
Dr. Joyce Valenza, Rutgers University

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