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Open Educational Resources (OER) & Textbook Equity

Rod Library Services for Publishing Open Educational Resources (OER)

Rod Library can provide various levels of support for open publishing projects. 

Services we currently provide for OER authors:

  • Project management support

  • Assistance with determining and documenting fair use of copyrighted materials

  • Assistance considering accessibility best practices

  • Guidance about licensing options for the final work 

  • Assistance facilitating peer review for open textbooks

  • Archiving final works in UNI ScholarWorks & assistance with publicizing

  • Providing resources for faculty to advocate that OER-related work “count” for promotion, tenure, and faculty evaluation


We do not currently provide:

  • Copyediting
  • Extensive work with copyright permissions

Want to find out more? Contact your liaison librarian and Anne Marie Gruber, Textbook Equity Librarian. We will meet with you to discuss your project and determine how Rod Library can best support you.

OER Primer for Iowa Regents Institutions

Resources supporting open textbook authors

Equity and Accessibility

OER authors should ensure they review accessibility best practices when creating and modifying materials. See

Writing with Students?

Want to create open educational resources in collaboration with students? For examples, a guide, case studies, and more, see

Promotion/Tenure/Evaluation and Other Faculty FAQs

For information about how faculty OER relates to promotion, tenure, and faculty development as well as other commonly-asked questions, see