I am the Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian for Iowa State University. For my work, I do a variety of activities related to outreach and education on open access, open education, copyright, and other scholarly communication topics. In addition, I also teach Iowa State University’s Information Literacy course, Library 160, and provide liaison support for the Anthropology and Sociology departments at the university.

My main job duties at this time are related to open educational resources (OER). 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 and professional 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. 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. “Planning and Implementing an OER Initiative on a Budget.” OER: From Vision to Action, August 2018, Denver, CO. Conference Presentation. http://newprairiepress.org/oer_fromvisiontoaction/2018/presentations/1

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

Elder, Abbey Kayleen, “Support for Open Access in the Humanities: An Analysis of Current Approaches. ” Master’s Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2017. http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_gradthes/4737

Elder, Abbey Kayleen, “Cross-dressing in Greek Drama: Ancient Perspectives on Gender Performance.” Honors Thesis Projects, University of Tennessee, 2015. http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_chanhonoproj/1868


The OER Starter Kit for Program Managers.” In progress.

“The OER Starter Kit Workbook.” Final edits and production.

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

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Upcoming Keynote (postponed due to COVID-19): “Whisk Well to Incorporate: Effective Practices for Adopting OER.” Exploring OER: Access, Adoption, and Application (Drive-In Conference). Sponsored by Illinois Community Colleges Online (ILCCO) and Networking Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges (NILRC).



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