Past Events

Open Educational Resource (OER) Development Programs 

The College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences is excited to provide support for interested faculty and instructors who would like to research and develop Open Educational Resources for use in higher education. 

AI-Enhanced Development of OER 

Deadline to apply: May 15th, 2024 

This summer, the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences ran a Pilot Program for AI-Enhanced Open Educational Resource Creation. Participants received a stipend of $1000. 

This research project is tailored to support faculty and instructors across diverse disciplines to use AI for OER development. Research and explore innovative ways to enhance student engagement, learning outcomes, and accessibility through AI-powered OER creation. Researchers will have the opportunity to create materials for their courses or even jump start a larger OER project.

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The programming will include comprehensive training sessions and ongoing guidance from experienced facilitators. Faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and teaching assistants are invited to apply, as well as adjuncts working in the summer. The program ran through June and July 2024. 

The CULLS team is dedicated to equipping you with the knowledge and skills to navigate AI tools effectively, regardless of your background or expertise.

Program Structure

Phase 1: Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  • Week 1: Introduction to OER/Introduction to AI/Large Language Models (LLM) 
  • Week 2: Ethical issues 
  • Week 3: Using AI for specific tasks/prompt engineering 

Phase 2: OER Creation

  • Weeks 4-6: OER Development and Experimentation

Phase 3: Evaluation

  • Week 7: AI OER Chapter for feedback 
  • Week 8: Final evaluations

Open Textbook Pilot Program 

Deadline to apply: October 1, 2024 

This fall, the University Libraries will hold its annual call for proposals for OER adoption, adaptation, and creation grants. To give you time to develop a proposal over the summer, learn now about the process and guidelines.  

Red UNM Logo, gray text that says University Libraries and Open Educational ResourcesThe University of New Mexico Open Textbook Pilot Program is designed to support faculty with the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER materials into their courses to help increase student success. OER work, particularly OER authorship and development, can require additional effort on the part of instructors. This program was created to support their work.  

This program aims to support and encourage faculty to engage in new pedagogical models for classroom instruction while lowering the cost of college for students. Faculty, staff, graduate assistants, teaching assistants, and adjuncts are invited to apply. The full guidelines are on the OER Grant Program Library Guide. 

Learn about the program before you go on break for the summer. The library is offering two instructional sessions for faculty and instructors interested in learning more: 

  • Register for informational session one: Wednesday, April 24th from 1 – 2 p.m. 
  • Register for informational session two: Tuesday, April 30th from 1 –2 p.m. 


UNM's 2024 Open Education Week Events

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The UNM Open Educational Resources (OER) Working Group has organized exciting and informative events to raise awareness of current initiatives and celebrate the work of open educators at UNM.

Open Education Week is an annual celebration of actively sharing and learning about the latest achievements in Open Education Resources (OER). Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others. OERs have the ability to significantly reduce student fees on textbooks thus making academic success more accessible to all. 

Open Pedagogy Workshop

March 4th 12 pm – 1 pm


The University of New Mexico’s first Open Education Week event is an Open Pedagogy Workshop developed by the Open Education Network (OEN). This workshop is free for UNM faculty, students, and staff on Monday March 4th from noon to 1 p.m., but it requires registration. This workshop introduces faculty to the concept of open pedagogy by demonstrating how its use makes learning more inclusive. It will also include examples of open pedagogy in practice and a series of action steps and resources for those interested in opening up their pedagogy.

Open Education Network Presenters

Tanya Grosz

Director of Educational Programs, Open Education Network

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Tanya is the Director of Educational Programs for the Open Education Network (OEN).  She began her career as a high school English teacher before transitioning to college-level teaching and administration and completing her Ph.D. in Education and Online Teaching and Learning. In her previous role as dean at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul, she spearheaded an open education initiative which led to creation of the first Z degree in the state of Minnesota. Most recently, she served as program manager and co-creator for the Certificate in Open Educational Practices, a program founded on the principles of social justice that highlights faculty-librarian collaborations to harness the power of open pedagogy for transformative learning.

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Jamie Witman

Open Educational Practices Specialist, Open Education Network

Jamie Witman is the Open Educational Practices Specialist for the Open Education Network (OEN). She facilitates the Learning Circle on Open Pedagogy and serves as the point of contact for all OEN-supported online platforms and technologies, including the Open Pedagogy Portal and Manifold Publishing Platform. She brings experience as a former Online Learning and OER Librarian where she led institution-wide OER efforts including an OER Grant Program and Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship. In her free time, she likes to hike, read, and spend time with her family.

UNM OER Showcase

March 5th at 1 – 2 pm

Online & in-person in the Willard Room in Zimmerman Library 

Interested in learning about OER projects in development at the University of New Mexico? On Tuesday, March 5th from 1-2 p.m. Mountain time, hear from faculty creators from the departments of Art History, English, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. These OER projects will result in openly licensed materials aimed at making UNM students’ education more open, accessible, and equitable.

Opening Remarks: Chancellor Samuel Dosumu, UNM Valencia Campus

Moderator: Associate Dean and Professor Reilly White

OER Creators:

  • Professor Justine Andrews
  • Associate Professor Eva Rodríguez González
  • Assistant Professor Nahir Otaño Gracia
  • Professor Kathryn McKnight.

UNM Presenters

Chancellor Samuel Dosumu

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Dr. Samuel “Sam” Dosumu currently serves as the Chancellor of University of New Mexico Valencia Campus.

Prior to coming to UNM, Dr. Dosumu served as the Campus CEO/Executive Dean of Pueblo Community College Southwest Campus in Durango, Colorado, where he oversaw all academic, student and business operations of the campus. He also served as the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs of Maricopa Community College District, in Tempe, Arizona. 

Dr. Dosumu has spent over 25 years in higher education. He began his career as a full-time faculty teaching Computer Science and Information Systems courses. Among his accomplishments is creating the framework for the statewide common course numbering system, currently in use across the 14-college Colorado Community College System; enhancing learning modalities; focus on the adult learner and removing barriers to student completion across higher education institutions. He is a champion for Open Educational Resources, and at Maricopa Community Colleges, he oversaw the district’s OER committee and instrumental in promoting OER initiatives.

Dr. Dosumu has a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Xavier University of Louisiana; MBA from Regis University, Denver, CO., and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from The University of Colorado-Denver, Denver, CO.

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Justine M. Andrews

After earning her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2002, Justine Andrews joined the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico in 2004. Professor Andrews has worked extensively in the museum field including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Meadows Museum in Dallas, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.. Currently, she is working on a book that analyzes the relationship of identity to Gothic Art and Architecture from Nicosia and Famagusta, Cyprus. At UNM she offers courses on Western Medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic Art and Architecture with a special emphasis on the interaction between these cultures.

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Eva Rodríguez González

Eva Rodríguez González (Ph.D. University of Kansas) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She has been teaching Coordinator of the Spanish Second Language Program She teaches graduate seminars on Second language acquisition and Applied Linguistics. For more than fifteen years, she has been teaching graduate Teaching Assistants college language teaching methodology courses. She is currently serving as Special Assistant to the Dean for Outcomes and Assessment in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Nahir Otaño Gracia

Nahir Otaño Gracia is an Assistant Professor of English. Her theoretical frameworks include translation theory and practice, the global North Atlantic (Britain, Iberia, and Scandinavia), and critical identity studies. Recently, Nahir has taught courses such as Intro to World Literature: On Hate and Restorative Justice and Medieval Romance and Race. Her courses tend to cluster canonical works of literature, transgressive literature by women of color, and materials from popular culture that students already know and welcome in order to help students decenter, dismantle, and recreate the canon. Nahir is also an activist medievalist working to create a more inclusive medieval studies.

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Kathryn McKnight

Kathryn McKnight is a Professor of Spanish and the Director of Latin American Studies. She studies and teaches the texts and voices of early Latin America, the colonial name for the cultures also known as Abya Yala and Améfrica Ladina. She co-authored with Jill S. Kuhnheim the Open Educational Resource, Para vivir con salud. Leyendo la salud y la literatura (2021). This textbook introduces students interested in health and society to the relationship between close reading, close listening, compassion, and equitable healthcare relationships. She is currently teaching a graduate seminar aimed at authoring an introductory text for Latin American Studies.

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Reilly White

Dr. Reilly White is the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning and an Associate Professor of Finance at the Anderson School of Management at UNM. He is the director of the student-run UNM Regent’s Portfolio and leads financial literacy projects in the community.  

White earned his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in Finance. He co-authored, with his students, Financial Literacy for Immigrants and Refugees, a free financial literacy handbook translated into Spanish, Arabic, and Dari. White is a recipient of the Paul Bartlett Ré Emerging Promotor of Peace Award.

UNM's 2023 Open Access Week Events

International Open Access Week, a global event that entered its sixteenth year in 2023, is an opportunity for Open Access advocates to engage and teach their communities about the potential benefits of free access to information. 

Open Access Week brings the scholarly community together in the hopes of making Open Accesswhen research outputs are distributed online, free of access chargesa new norm in scholarship and research. This year's theme for Open Access Week is "Community over Commercialization."

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OA Week 2023: Print Archival Practices and New Media Panel

Carol A. Wells, Executive Director of Center for the Study of Political Graphics
Emily Sulzer, Archives Director · Center for the Study of Political Graphics
Dr. Kenneth Oravetz, Coordinator and Lecturer of Critical Text Analysis at the University of New Mexico, Printmaker
Dr. Susanne Anderson-Riedel, Assistant Professor of the History of Art at the University of New Mexico.



Panel: Open Access Publishing 101 - Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.

The Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center was pleased to offer Open Access Publishing 101. This session  provided researchers and scholars with basic information about open access publishing including:  

  • Models and paths to Open Access 

  • Funding options such as article processing charges, publisher/transformative agreements, and including as a line item in grant proposals 

  • How these options may influence selection of scholarly output 

Open access publishing options currently available at UNM including existing publisher agreements, the UNM Digital Repository, and Native Health Database will also be discussed. The UNM Digital Repository has provisions to create, manage and publish Open Access journals, datasets, posters and presentations. 

Comprised of historic and contemporary research articles, reports, grey literature (and much more) intended to improve health outcomes for Indigenous populations, the Native Health Database embeds concepts of Indigenous Data Sovereignty into the management of the database – effectively encompassing a more nuanced “Open-ish” Access model for users.  

  • Robyn Gleasner, MLIS, Resource Management Library, UNM Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center
  • Lori Sloane, Data Manager, UNM Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center
  • Jonathan Pringle, MAS, NHD Advisory Council Member

Open Textbook Pilot Program

The University of New Mexico Open Textbook Pilot Program is designed to support faculty with the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER materials into their courses as a way to increase student success. OER work, particularly OER authorship and development, can require a additional effort on the part of instructors. Through this program, faculty can submit proposals for the funding of their own OER projects.

Faculty interested in applying for the OER funding were also able to attend any of the three online informational sessions hosted by the OER Librarian. 

  • Wednesday August 30th, 2023 at 1 p.m. 
  • September 13th, 2023 at 1 p.m.
  • September 27th, 2023 at 1 p.m.

The deadline to submit applications for the first Open Textbook Pilot Program was October 1st, 2023. Those proposals are now being considered by the program's evaluation committee. Work for this program will begin in the spring of 2024.

 Open Textbook Review Program

UNM Libraries and Learning Services (CULLS) partnered with the Open Education Network (OEN) to offer an open textbook review workshop for UNM faculty from any campus, guest facilitated by Meggie Mapes from the University ofPicture of the Open Textbook Library Logo, which contains the title of the library and a multicolored diamond Kansas. The first workshop took place virtually on Friday, April 7, 2023 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Attendees were eligible to receive a $200 stipend for attending and writing a review of a textbook in the Open Textbook Library. The stipends will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To receive info on future Open Textbook Review Workshops, sign up for the OER Listserv.

For more information: OER Library Guide: Open Textbook Review Program

Open Ed Week 2023

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University of New Mexico Events

The UNM Open Educational Resources (OER) Working Group organized a slate of exciting and informative events to raise awareness of current initiatives and inspire visions of how OER could develop across the UNM system and across New Mexico.

Oregon's Statewide Open Education Program

Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 PM Mountain Time, Virtual/Zoom

Amy Hofer, Statewide Open Education Program Director with Open Oregon Educational Resources, has coordinated
Oregon's OER program for higher education since 2015. She provided an overview of Oregon's statewide program and shared lessons learned along the way that can be applied in New Mexico and at your institution. 
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Amy Hofer, Open Education Program Director, Open Oregon

OER Informational Program

Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 1:00 – 2:30 PM Mountain Time, Hybrid/Zoom
UNM-Valencia Campus Library

Attendees familiarized themselves with open educational resources and learned how to incorporate these resources into their courses. In-person attendees were also invited to a welcome reception in the library at 12:30 PM.
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UNM OER Initiative Showcase

Thursday, March 9, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 PM Mountain Time, Hybrid/Zoom
UNM Zimmerman Library, Waters Room

This event spotlighted the latest work in this area with an emphasis on what OER adoption can mean for our campus community, as well as ways to get involved. Light refreshments will be served.

Chat with ASUNM about OER

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All week, March 6-10 2023, In-Person
UNM Student Union Building

Throughout Open Education Week, ASUNM tabled in the SUB. ASUNM and University Libraries partnered to give students a chance to learn more about OER from their peers. 

Open Access (OA) Week 2022

OA Week Theme: Open for Climate Justice

International Open Access Week is a global event where Open Access advocates engage their communities to teach them about the potential benefits of Open Access and to share what they’ve learned with colleagues. “Open for Climate Justice” is the theme for this year’s International Open Access Week. Open Access Week, founded in 2008, is organized by SPARC, a non-profit advocacy organization that supports open systems for research and education in partnership with the Open Access Week Advisory Committee. UNM is participating in this event by disseminating information on global events and through illustrating to the local community how Open Access materials positively impact climate justice. 

UNM Open Access Week 2022 Events

The University LibrariesHealth Sciences Library and Informatics Center (HSLIC), and the UNM Law Library have collaborated together to bring the UNM community and the global community access to lectures, panels, and workshops on topics related to Open Access research and Open Educational Resources. Information about the team behind these events and more about the Open Access movement can be found on the Open Access Library Guide. Down below, you will find the calendar of UNM's OA Week 22 events.

Monday, October 24th, noon - 1:00 p.m. Mountain time

Open for Climate Justice: To Solve the World’s Biggest Problems, We Need Open Knowledge

The University Libraries is excited to virtually host Dr. Monica Granados (she/her), the Climate Change Campaign Manager for Creative Commons, as a speaker on the first day of Open Access Week, October 24th, 2022 at noon Mountain Standard Time. Register to attend here:


Dr. Granados has a PhD in ecology from McGill University. While working on her PhD, Monica discovered that incentives in academia promote practices that make knowledge less accessible. Since then, Monica has devoted her career to working in the open science space in pursuit of making knowledge more equitable and accessible.

As a Senior Policy Advisor at Environment and Climate Change Canada she provided subject matter expertise and supported the delivery of open science in the Government of Canada. Monica is now working at Creative Commons on a global campaign promoting open access of climate and biodiversity research. As a member of the Leadership Team at PREreview she works to make peer review more open and diverse. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Open Data Society promoting open data in Canada and alumna of the Frictonless Data Fellowship.


 Monday, October 24, 2022 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm Mountain time and *in-person* @ Zimmerman Library 


In celebration of Open Access Week, stop by Zimmerman Library on Monday, October 24 between 2pm -4pm and learn to make a zine from a single sheet of paper. Marya Jones, founder of ABQ Zine Fest, shows you how! Zines created through this event will be eligible for inclusion in our Open Access Week 2022 Digital Symposium.

What's a zine? A zine is short for magazine - it's thoughts, feelings, and ideas on paper, using images, writing, and drawings. Making a zine is a great way to connect with your creative side.  

Tuesday October 25th, 2022, 10:00am MT 

Think Global: Act Local - Ensuring an Equitable Transition to Open Science 

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center is excited to virtually host Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) to speak during Open Access Week.  Shearer will present Think global: Act local - Ensuring an equitable transition to open science October 25, 2022, at 10:00am. Register here: Think Global, Act Local.

Shearer's presentation "Think Global: Act Local - Ensuring an Equitable Transition to Open Science" will focus on how open science promises to offer unprecedented access to the full corpus of research, breaking down access barriers for many researchers.  However, there is a risk in the transition to open science - new barriers will be erected and a significant portion of researchers/authors will again be excluded from the system because of the predominance of pay to publish models. This presentation will examine the systemic factors including the transition to open science and discuss potential avenues for ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusivity across the scholarly publishing ecosystem. 

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Shearer has been working in the area of open access, open science, scholarly communications, and research data management for over 20 years. She is the author of numerous publications and delivered many presentations at international events. Most recently, she was the lead author of the paper Fostering Bibliodiversity in Scholarly Communications: A Call for Action (April 2020). She participates in the work of numerous other organizations to advance open science around the world and is also a Research Associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and has been instrumental in many of CARL’s activities related to open science, including the launch of the Portage Initiative in Canada, a national research data management network. 

Wednesday October 26th, 2022 noon - 1:00 p.m. Mountain time

Indigenous Data Sovereignty and the Open Access Movement 

The UNM Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center (HSLIC), in conjunction with HSLIC’s Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, is pleased to host a roundtable-style discussion around the critical concepts that inform the exchange of information related to research by and about Indigenous and Native American communities. Nested within the methodology of Indigenous Data Sovereignty, panelists will highlight best practices and considerations for rights management, governance, sharing, and use of Indigenous data as it relates (and oftentimes conflicts) with the Open Access movement. Register to attend here: Indigenous Data Sovereignty Panel.

Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll (she/her/hers) is Dene/Ahtna, a citizen of the Native Village of Kluti-Kaah in Alaska, and of Sicilian-descent. Based at the University of Arizona (UA), she is Assistant Professor, Public Health and American Picture of Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll. She is wearing glasses, has long hair, and is wearing a bright orange shirt.Indian Studies Graduate Program; Acting Director and Assistant Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; Associate Director, Native Nations Institute; and Affiliate Faculty in the College of Law. Stephanie’s interdisciplinary research group the Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance develops research, policy, and practice innovations for Indigenous Data Sovereignty. Stephanie co-edited the book Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Policy and led the publication of the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance. Stephanie co-founded the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network and co-founded and chairs the Global Indigenous Data Alliance (GIDA) and the International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group at the Research Data Alliance. She Chairs the Indigenous Data Working Group for the IEEE P2890 Recommended Practice for Provenance of Indigenous Peoples' Data. 

Picture of Dr. Debra MacKenzie, who is wearing a black shirt and has shoulder length hair.Dr. Debra MacKenzie (she/her) is co-director of the Community Environmental Health Program (developed and co-directed by Dr. Johnnye Lewis). Dr. MacKenzie and Dr. Lewis lead the Navajo Birth Cohort Study, a prospective birth cohort study investigating the impacts of pre-natal and early life exposures to uranium and other co-occurring metals on child health and development. This study is part of the NIH's Environmental influences on Child Health Outcome (ECHO) program. Dr. MacKenzie is also involved with an ongoing clinical trial on Navajo Nation investigating the potential benefits of supplemental zinc for mitigating metals toxicity. 



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Opening Up Curriculum: Incorporating OER into Your Course Design  

During this Open Access Week webinar, UNM’s OER Librarian, Jennifer Schaller (she/her), and Mary Willms Wohlwend (she/her) from Digital Learning @ the Center for Teaching and Learning will give an overview of options available for faculty who would like to incorporate Open Educational Resources into their curriculum. Jennifer will give a primer on OER materials and the OER movement. She will also equip attendees with resources to find and evaluate OER in their own disciplines. Meanwhile, Mary will discuss options for how Canvas can support faculty adoption of OER materials. Register to attend here:

Open Access Display in Zimmerman Library

Runs from October 10th - November 4th

In celebration of Open Access Week, the University of New Mexico Libraries is highlighting environmental posters from the Sam L. Slick collection, a collection of 12,000 Latin American and Iberian political posters. The Center for Southwest Research has digitally archived 5,000 of these posters, and they are available for the public to openly access through the New Mexico Digital Collections. Image of a tree and inside the tree are images of a healthy environment, including a rainbow, white clouds, a healthy river, some countryside imagery, and buildings.

The collection covers political topics such as the Sandinista Revolution, the Falkland Islands War, the El Salvadoran Anti-Government/Exile movement, the Bolivian Government, Mexico’s Partido Popular Socialista, Cuba under Castro, Paraguay’s Stroessner, the Panama Canal Treaty, and Post-Franco Spain. Subjects covered in the Slick collection include tourism and travel, historic figures, historic events, film, imperialism, solidarity, safety, the environment, energy conservation, health and sex education, peace, nationalism, agriculture, industrial production, music, religion, and women. 

Reproductions of a few of the collection's environmental posters will be displayed throughout Zimmerman during Open Access Week, including the picture on the right from Chile, which promotes an environmental awareness program held at the National Museum of Natural History in Chile.

Permission for reprinting “Nosotros y el Medio Ambiente ‘87” was granted by the Center for Southwest Research. You will find more Open Access materials from this collection in the New Mexico Digital Collections.