I am the Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian for Iowa State University. In this position, I manage campus initiatives for open access and open education, and serve as the Statewide Open Education Coordinator for the Board of Regents on the Iowa Open Education Action Team (Iowa OER), where I collaborate with institutional leads to develop and assess programs that support open education across the state of Iowa.

My main research interest at this time is how to support newcomers to the field of open education. I have created guides, websites, and tools for users to learn more about OER, including a handbook, The OER Starter Kit, and a series of Youtube videos intended to introduce faculty to the world of open education. I have also coordinated the Iowa State Open Education Mini-Grant Program and chair our university’s Open & Affordable Education Committee.

My personal interests lie in open access in the humanities, open education across disciplinary lines, and the very broad category of “open science.”

If you have a research project you are seeking collaborators for, feel free to reach out (aelder@iastate.edu) and I will let you know if I’m interested.



ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2289-0166

Elder, Abbey K., Stefanie Buck, Jeff Gallant, Marco Seiferle-Valencia, and Apurva Ashok (Eds.). (2022). The OER Starter Kit for Program Managers. Rebus Community, 2022. https://press.rebus.community/oerstarterkitpm/

Elder, Abbey K. The OER Starter Kit Workbook. New York, Manifold, 2020. https://cuny.manifoldapp.org/projects/the-oer-starter-kit-workbook

Elder, Abbey K. The OER Starter Kit. Ames, IA, Iowa State University Digital Press, 2019. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.31274/isudp.7

Elder, Abbey K. “Commercial Platforms that Utilize Open Educational Resources: A Crowd-sourced Tool for Sharing Information and Assessing Products.” Spreadsheet. 7 November 2018. https://t.co/xbNC7oVNQP

Elder, Abbey K. “Identifying OER Needs by Discipline: A User Guide & Survey Instrument.” Questionnaire. 4 May 2018. https://oersurvey.pressbooks.com

Blog Posts


    The OER Starter Kit” Production of the second edition.

    Identifying OER Needs by Discipline” [Survey Guide]. Production of the second edition.



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