Open Education Week 2022

The Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright and colleagues throughout KU Libraries recognize Open Education Week each March. Per OE Global, Open Education Week is an annual observance providing “practitioners, educators, and students with an opportunity to build a greater understanding of open educational practices and be inspired by the wonderful work being developed by the community around the world.”


In 2022, our team created a series of short videos to share information and perspectives on open education.

In “What is OER?” (slides), head of the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, Josh Bolick, outlines the basics.

In “Introduction to Creative Commons Licenses” (slides), Bolick introduces the most common open licenses used in open education.

In “Where to Find OER” (slides), Bolick highlights some of the repositories and search engines that interested instructors may use to find open content for their courses.

Textbook Heroes

We also announced the 2022 Textbook Heroes, members of the KU community who've taken extraordinary initiative to increase access to and affordability of required course materials by implementing and advocating for OER and other low- and no-cost course materials. This year we recognized our colleagues in the KU Open Language Resource Center for their extensive work supporting OER creation in languages, and KU Libraries OER Student Assistant, Axel Heinichen, for his work supporting the Libraries' OER Working Group.

Open Education Librarian

Finally, we are happy to share that the search for a tenure-track Open Education Librarian is complete. Heather Mac Bean joins the Shulenburger Office in that capacity, and looks forward to collaborating with KU students, faculty, and staff in order to advance the use of OER at KU.

Members of the Libraries’ OER Working Group are happy to assist interested instructors. For more information see the KU Libraries Open Educational Resources page or contact

Scholarly Communication Contacts

Josh Bolick
Head of Scholarly Communications & Copyright
Watson Library, Room 400A


Heather Mac Bean
Open Education Librarian
Watson Library, Room 450