Open Publishing Opportunities

From Classroom Use to Statewide Initiatives

  • Matt Lee University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Shane Nackerud University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Lesley Blicker Minnesota State
Keywords: Content Authoring Tools, Digital Learning Resources, Open Educational Resources, OER, open textbooks, affordable content


Educators are using open-publishing tools to create, remix, and share materials that suit specific educational needs. Attendees at this session will hear how the Minnesota State system office has used Pressbooks to publish an open-source Captioning Toolkit and hear their reflections on using it. We will also discuss a statewide initiative called the Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project that makes the Pressbooks open-authoring tool available to anyone in the state. You'll hear how the tool works and see how educators have used it to create open textbooks, scholarly monographs, and other open education resources. Attendees will be able to assess opportunities for when an open-source authoring tool could be used. Attendees will discover free authoring tools available through the Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project. Attendees will discover strengths (and also any limitations) of using an open-source authoring tool such as Pressbooks.

Author Biographies

Matt Lee, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Matt Lee is an Associate Director at Minitex. He works with colleagues to manage and support the statewide Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) database collection, along with other statewide e-resources, and to provide cooperative purchasing of e-resources and library products. He has worked as a librarian with Minitex, at a nonprofit business library, and in public libraries in the Twin Cities

Shane Nackerud, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Shane Nackerud has worked at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities since 1998, first as the Libraries webmaster, then as the Director of Web Development, and currently as Technology Lead for Libraries Initiatives. In his current position Shane is working on finding new ways of integrating open access and library content into courses and curricula, as well as investigating new publishing and content creation models. Shane's research interests include library use assessment, libraries and e-learning, resource integration, academic publishing, and web design. Shane received a B.A in history from Augustana College in 1994 and his MLS from Indiana University in 1995.
Lesley Blicker, Minnesota State

Lesley Blicker is the Director of LMS Learning and Next Generation Technology, Educational Innovations at Minnesota State.