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Enhance Your Library with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Esther Brandon
Esther Brandon is the Digital Literacy Specialist for undergraduate and graduate programs at Brandeis University. She is an enthusiastic seeker of new instructional technologies who is focused on best teaching practices. Esther has a B.A. in Anthropology and International & Global Studies and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education for English Literature from Brandeis University. Before returning to higher ed, she taught in public schools K-12 focusing on using educational technology for instruction to support English Language Learners and students with moderate disabilities. Esther is an editor-at-large for the ACRL’s “DH+LIB Review”. 

Lance Eaton
Lance Eaton is an instructional designer and faculty development specialist at Brandeis University, a doctoral student in UMASS Boston’s Higher Education program, and a part-time instructor at North Shore Community College and Southern New Hampshire University.  His professional work focuses on improving student learning and experiences in online, hybrid, and traditional classrooms through faculty development focused on issues such as accessibility, universal design for learning, open educational resources, open pedagogy, and other inclusive practices that maximize student potential through traditional and newer pedagogies and technologies.  His doctoral work focuses on the limitations of the academic publishing regime for scholars who rely on piracy practices to access research literature in order to publish new research.  He also writes for several magazines and websites. His musings can be found at

Lauren  Slingluff
Lauren Slingluff is the Associate Dean at the University of Connecticut, overseeing the area of Library Administration and also leading the library’s strategic planning process. Her professional areas of interest include change management, open educational resources (OER), and data analysis.  Currently, Lauren represents UConn on the Open Educational Resource Coordinating Council for the state of Connecticut, as well as serving on the OER Advisory Council for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU). Previously, she served as the Associate Dean of Library Services at Wheaton College and was engaged in initiatives to support faculty in adoption of OER material in the classroom, growing the program up to 20% faculty adoption. Lauren was recognized by OpenStax as their “OpenStaxer” of the month in November ‘18 and regularly writes and presents on OER.  

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