Open Education Leadership Program 2022-2023

Sarah Northam


Sarah H. Northam is the Director of Research and Instruction at Velma K. Waters Library on the campus of Texas A&M University- Commerce. With over 21 years of experience in higher education and 14 years of experience in libraries, she is a passionate advocate for learning and information access. In her position at A&M – Commerce, Sarah assists faculty and students with research, copyright and the use and implementation of OER on campus. She became interested in Open Education after attending the Textbook Affordability Conference in 2016. Since then she has been soaking up information about OER and working to increase awareness and the use of OER on her campus. Sarah holds an MS in Library Science from the University of North Texas and a MS in History from Texas A&M University – Commerce. She is a 2021 graduate of the Open Education Network’s OER Librarianship certificate program, and completed CopyrightX administered by Harvard Law School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society in 2022. Sarah enjoys connecting people with the information they need and is excited by the possibilities of open education as a way to make education more accessible to all.

Sarah’s capstone project is an Open Educational Resources (OER) Workshop Toolkit. The purpose of the toolkit is to assist with planning a workshop or series of workshops about Open Educational Resources (OER). The toolkit has information and templates related to logistics, workshop presentations, activities, and assessment.

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