May 25, 2022

Elizabeth Kennedy, Director of Development at the University of Houston Libraries, Discusses OER on “Houston P.A.” Podcast

From the Description of a Recent “Houston P.A.” Podcast

Elizabeth Kennedy is the director of development for the University Libraries at the University of Houston. They are creating Open Educational Resources (OER), teaching and learning resources – aka textbooks – that are published in the public domain. This means that anyone can freely use and re-purpose them. When a single textbooks can cost more than $120 and amount to over $1000 of necessary purchases for college students, many are left without the books they need. UH is incentivizing the program to compel professors to create and use open textbooks in their courses. It’s been a tremendous success thus far and they’re just getting started. It also has the advantage of cutting out the greedy, corrupt academic publishing industry.

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Hat Tip: @UHoustonLib

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.