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Open Educational Resources (OER) & Reed Library: Home

About OER

Open educational resources (OER) are tools that educators can use to supplement or build a course. OER are free for anyone to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute and are a low-cost, tailored solution for faculty and students.

On-Campus Support

OER Discovery Labs are held by Reed Library, the Professional Development Center, and the Office of Online Learning on Friday afternoons throughout the semester.

Librarians are also available for individual appointments to help you find OER that fit with your classes and your instruction.

For more information on these programs, see the On-Campus Support page.


This guide will help you learn more about open educational resources (OER), why they are important, and how you can implement them in your classes.

The Why Use OER? page explains some key points of why OER may be a good fit for you. Defining OER explains how OER differ from other free resources. On-Campus Support will point you to resources at Fredonia to help you implement OER, including a Course Redesign Incentive of up to $750. The Finding OER section will help you find pre-existing OER textbooks, courses, and other learning resources. Searching for OER provides help in seeking out OER from other sources. Finally, Copyright v. Creative Commons provides information on this often confusing aspect of OER.

Reed Library and OER

Reed Library is here to support Fredonia faculty and staff in the adoption of OER. We offer the following services:


For more information on how Reed Library can assist you with OER, contact Kerrie Fergen Wilkes, Associate Director for Research, Outreach, and Assessment, at 716-673-3195 or

This page uses material by Leah Galka
at SUNY Buffalo State’s Butler Library.

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