ISU Librarian selected for Open Education Leadership Pilot.

Open Access and Scholarly Communication Librarian Abbey Elder has been selected to participate in the pilot SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, a professional development initiative for open education leaders in academic libraries. Participants will be trained over the course of two semesters to support the use and creation of open educational resources and practices, with a highlight on leadership skills. Elder is one of fourteen fellows from SPARC member libraries selected and will attend the Open Education Conference Oct. 11-13, 2017.


“My goal for participating in the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program is to develop my understanding of these resources and to discover how other universities around the US are dealing with the problem of textbook affordability,” Elder said. “I’m particularly interested in how the library can play a greater role in supporting the needs of faculty who plan on utilizing open educational resources in their teaching.”


Elder will help improve the leadership program curriculum and be cited as a program contributor when it is launched in 2018. All program resources will be released under a Creative Commons attribution license.


About SPARC: SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education.


Abbey Elder, Open Access and Scholarly Communication Librarian, 515-294-5753.

M. Monica Gillen, Communication Specialist, 515-294-1442.