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OPEN FL: Spring Shares

Guide for the open and affordable learning community of Florida, OPEN FL.



DATE: Thursday, April 30 at 2 p.m.

TITLE: Successful Grant Seeking for Academic Libraries


How do you go from an idea to a successful project within an academic library where resources are limited and competing priorities make certain projects unattainable? Perhaps you have identified an opportunity to support your library in advancing its capacity or improving its services to patrons and the broader community. How can you leverage your library’s strengths to build fundable grant projects to accomplish these ends? Grant seeking provides an opportunity for libraries to expand upon the services they provide while demonstrating the impact on one’s institution. Knowledge of existing library, institutional, and community assets and priorities is important for developing fundable grant proposals, and the process is much more involved than merely having a good idea for a project. 

This workshop will describe how to begin the grant seeking process by leveraging the expertise you already have to identify and produce collaborative and fundable grant applications. Join us as we explore the basics of grant seeking, including generating the initial idea for a project, identifying relevant project partners, finding appropriate funding sources, pre-proposal project planning, and awards management. Lessons learned from years of grant seeking will be shared, as well as resources for locating funding relevant to libraries. Participants are also welcome to bring their questions for the final Q&A session.


Bess de Farber serves as Grants Manager for the University of Florida Libraries, and previously served in the same position at the University of Arizona Libraries. She has provided grantsmanship instruction throughout the past 30 years, and has led efforts to secure millions in grant funding for nonprofits and academic libraries. She is the author of Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2016), and co-author of Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits (2017). Her new book, Creating Fundable Grant Proposals: Profiles of Innovative Projects, will be released by ALA Editions in August 2020.

Nancy Schuler, is Assistant Professor of e-Resources and Collection Development at Eckerd College.  As the liaison to the Creative Arts disciplines at Eckerd, her work has focused on the incorporation of emerging technologies into library instruction, liaison services, and campus partnerships. She has actively participated in grantseeking activities for the past 4 years and has recently been awarded grant funding from the Presybyterian Mission.



DATE: Thursday, May 07 at 10 a.m.

TITLE: Responding to Publisher Course Materials Proposals


Some of the key benefits of OER, such as day one access and affordability, are being co-opted by new commercial efforts like automatically billed access codes. These products and publishers partnerships have raised new concerns around student access and privacy, and threaten to entrench some of the most worrisome trends that have led to skyrocketing textbook costs over the past few decades. Advocates can sometimes struggle to rebut these "inclusive access" proposals on their merits, and can only articulate why OER are a good alternative. In this webinar, Kaitlyn Vitez, the higher ed campaign director for the Student PIRGs and author of the recent report Automatic Textbook Billingwill share new data on this new method of billing students for access codes, give quick talking points for countering automatic billing proposals, how students have organized their campus communities to block and reshape bad proposals, and offer a framework for creating new course materials programs that center student and faculty choice.

Speaker Bio:

Kaitlyn Vitez directs U.S. PIRG's campaign to make higher education affordable by advocating for student aid, protecting student from predatory financial practices, and making textbooks more affordable. Based in Washington, DC, Kaitlyn enjoys yoga, traveling, and the never-ending search for the perfect cup of coffee.

If you have not read the report linked above I would highly recommend you consider taking a look.

DATE: Thursday, May 14 at 10 a.m.

TITLE: Getting Everyone On Board for Open: Messaging to Campus Communities


College campuses are made of different stakeholders with different needs, priorities, and concerns. This presentation covers appealing to the different motivations of communities to better market OER and expand the use of existing programs and the creation of new ones. We will go over potential frames for different audiences and immediately put this into practice by writing an agenda for securing support for an OER program. Participants will walk away with issue frames for a school administrator, a department chair, and a student government member. They will also have an outline of a meeting with these partners to secure support for their program.

Speaker Bio:

Cailyn Nagle serves as the U.S. PIRG Affordable Textbook campaign director, working to expand the use of open textbooks by empowering students and building a diverse coalition of students, staff and faculty. In their past role with the Student PIRGs at the UCLA and UC Riverside campuses, Cailyn organized on issues ranging from renewable energy to fighting hunger on campus. Cailyn likes bad sci-fi television and good horror films.