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Open Education Resources: Welcome

This guide provides resources you can integrate into your teaching.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others.

--Definition from UNESCO

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Amy Snyder
Learning Commons

Contacting Us

Librarians are available through the options below.

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  • Telephone: 717-947-6022
  • Appointments: Schedule an in-person, Zoom, or phone appointment through Starfish.

Please check Library News​ for any changes to hours including during semester breaks

Staff Availability

Please note that appointments are encouraged to make sure a librarian is available to meet with you.


Fall and Spring semester Greenfield hours (Learning Commons at SJU in Lancaster):
Monday–Friday: 5:30 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 6:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Space only staffed Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with other hours available by appointment


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No regularly scheduled times are currently available. Please reach out to make an appointment.


Please check Library News​ for any changes to hours including during semester breaks

What and Why

Open Educational Resources (OER) are a category of educational materials that are freely available for educators to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute, with few limitations. They exist primarily within the public domain or are published under Creative Commons (CC) licenses which free users from restrictive copyright limitations.

Growing interest in their use and creation has been spurred by the increasing costs of education and its materials in an effort by educators and librarians to reduce the financial burden carried by students. Studies of the use of OER in colleges and universities have found promising results, ranging from increased academic performance, increased likelihood of completing courses, and higher ratings for professors that include OER as required materials. Many of these findings can likely be ascribed to the security enjoyed by students to whom OER are assigned, as access to required material is assured, as well as the potential for faculty to customize OER to specific learning objectives.

OER come in all shapes and sizes, including lesson plans and courses, assignments and lab activities, student guides and lecture notes, games and datasets, primary sources and journals and, perhaps most famously, textbooks. As the community of OER users and creators grows larger, more resources are disseminated and improved every day.


Where to Begin

The OER Starter Kit Workbook is a great resources to learn more about finding and using OER

To learn more about copyright and Creative Commons licenses, visit our copyright guide

If you have any questions about finding, using, or creating OER, please feel free to contact me.  

Other OER Guides

The following OER LibGuides come from other local colleges and universities as an additional collection of resources for your reference; each also provided a useful point of reference for the construction of this guide.

OER websites

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