:sync: Reaching Out: Expanding OER and Technology Integration in the School Library

Authors: Julie Erickson, Joan Upell
Institutions: Technology and Innovation in Education, independent consultant
Country: United States

Topic: Connecting Open Education to Primary and Secondary (K-12) Education
Sector: K-12
UNESCO Area of Focus: Building capacity
Session Format: Workshop


How do you advocate for your library? Build professional capacity? Integrate more technology? Become an instructional leader in your district? The Reaching Out IMLS professional development grant guides librarians through the steps to do all these things and more. Discover how to increase capacity in your library.

The Reaching Out IMLS grant focuses on increasing librarian professional development in leadership and technology. The librarians in the program are at high needs, rural schools with an emphasis on Indian reservations. The OER work allows for the focus of inclusivity and cultural awareness in the content developed.

This session will provide an overview of the IMLS Reaching Out Librarian Professional Development Grant. Learn how librarians are increasing their digital skills, implementing Open Education Resources (OER) and expanding their skills as instructional leaders through synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences including yearly face-to-face, two-day sessions; webinars and regional meetings; and online workshops. In addition, the participants have built a community of learners who support each other in the development of their leadership skills to collaborate with teachers and facilitate student learning through OER and digital resources. This work has been developed to meet each participant where they are, develop their skills and provide them with relevant activities and projects that will benefit their particular situation.

Participants will learn about the structure of the professional development in Reaching Out and how it can support professional development in their district
Participants will learn about OER and how it can provide inclusive and culturally relevant content.
Participants will be able to identify professional development networks and discuss how to create or join existing networks.


professional development, librarians, libraries, K-12, culturally relevant, collaboration

Welcome to Reaching Out: Expanding OER and Technology Integration in the School Library! This is going to be a very interactive and hands-on session! We definitely want to hear from you!

Please create an OER Commons account and join our conference group Reaching Out: Expanding OER in the School Library

We will also be looking at curation tools like Wakelet and Diigo–you are invited to create those accounts ahead of time also.

Julie Erickson and Joan Upell


Hello Julie & Joan,

I’ll be your facilitator for your workshop.

  • The link to the Zoom room is now listed and is only available for logged in conference registrants (this is why we have been reminding presenters to create accounts).
  • Please ensure you post all of your session materials for attendees!
  • Please try to arrive at least 10 minutes early (there will be another session going on) and let us know in chat that you are here for the next session so we can provide screen sharing access.
  • Towards the end of your session, your session facilitator, I will gently provide 5 minute and 1 minute warnings via audio.

If there is anything you need from us, please let us know! Thanks for being part of the conference.


Hi Kristina,

Joan and I are so excited you are our facilitator for our session!!!

Quick questions:

  1. Breakout rooms—we are planning on using them multiple times throughout the session; how will we have access to do that?
  2. Is our session recorded?




Great questions! I will make one of you the host so you can easily do breakout rooms. Workshops will not be recorded.