“A piece of knowledge,

unlike a piece of physical property,

can be shared by large groups of people

without making anybody poorer.”

― Aaron Swartz

The Future of Textbooks


TinaUlrichOER  | OER Consultant


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I am a professional librarian with ten years experience as the director of a community college library.  Under my leadership, our faculty saved students over $1.2 million in three years by adopting open textbooks and teaching with free or low-cost materials.  Our OER Team received the 2019 Staff Excellence Award.


My goal is to help creative and conscientious teachers find and organize free and open text materials into a format that will enable them to do their best work.


I have served on the Michigan Academic Library Association’s Board and as chair of the OER Interest Group.  I have received recognition from the Community College Consortium for OER.  I am a certified Creative Commons librarian.


  • Leading faculty professional development events

  • Working with OER task forces and committees to plan events and develop strategies

  • Talking to student groups about how they can support OER efforts on campus

  • Connecting faculty and staff with expertise in the larger OER community

supporting faculty

  • Searching OER repositories for appropriate resources

  • Clarifying licensing and copyright issues

  • Aligning course materials with learning outcomes

  • Finding slides, assessments, and other auxiliary materials
  • Advising on workflow and timing for making the transition

adapting textbooks

  • Formatting remixed OER textbooks for printing

  • Finding openly licensed images to use in OER slides and textbooks

  • Giving options for the best format for student access

  • Working with bookstores and online printing sites to make print copies of OER textbooks available to students

  • Aligning materials with accessibility standards



Executive Director,

Learning Resource Division

Washtenaw Community College

"As an OER champion, Tina Ulrich has provided guidance and inspiration on my campus as an invited speaker during our Faculty in-service sessions. Her deep understanding of the happenings in Open Education and her respected presentations about the impacts of OER on student success have served as an important step toward launching our OER initiatives. As a speaker she is thoughtful, well researched and organized. As a professional colleague she is respected in the field and serves as a mentor to many organizations seeking the opportunities to expand their OER footprint on campus."

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