Creating Better Open Educational Resources: Best Practices in Fair Use in English Language Arts - NCTE


Join NCTE and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University’s Washington College of Law (PIJIP) for a session looking at what open educational resources (OER) are; where to find OER; how Creative Commons licenses and fair use make OER free to use, adapt, and share; and their role in the English language arts classroom.

Thursday, June 9, 7 p.m. ET


Meredith Jacob is the Public Lead for Creative Commons USA. She manages the day-to-day operations of the organization and maintains the core legal guidance around Creative Commons licenses. Meredith is currently working with educators on a project to define best practices in fair use specific for open educational resources (OER). Additionally, Meredith serves as the Creative Commons USA Project Director the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University’s Washington College of Law, where her work includes research and advocacy on open access to federally funded research, flexible limitations and exceptions to copyright, and the public interest.


Peter Jaszi is Professor Emeritus at American University’s Washington College of Law, where he helped found the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. He writes about copyright history and theory and advises librarians, filmmakers, and writers about fair use. In addition to having served as a trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA, Prof. Jaszi was a member of the Librarian of Congress’s Committee on Copyright Registration and Deposit and the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award. With Patricia Aufderheide, he is the author of the groundbreaking book, Reclaiming Copyright (2d. ed. 2018).

Prue Adler currently works at the Washington College of Law on best practices and Open Educational Resources. Prior to this work, Ms. Adler was the Associate Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries. Her responsibilities included federal relations with a focus on information policies, intellectual property rights, open scholarship and issues relating to access to government information. Prior to joining ARL in 1989, Ms. Adler was Assistant Project Director, Communications and Information Technologies Program, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment where she worked on studies relating to government information, networking and supercomputer issues, and information technologies and education.

Ms. Adler has an M.S. in Library Science and M.A. in American History from the Catholic University of America and a B.A. in History from George Washington University. She has participated in several advisory councils including the Depository Library Council, the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, the National Research Council’s Steering Committee on Geolibraries, the National Research Council Licensing Geographic Data and Services Committee, the National Institutes of Health PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, SPARC Steering Committee and the National Academies Committee on Open Science.

Will Cross is the Director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center in the NC State University Libraries, an instructor in the UNC SILS, and an OER Research Fellow. Trained as a lawyer and librarian, he guides policy, speaks, and writes on open culture and navigating legal uncertainty.

As a course designer and presenter for ACRL, SPARC, and the Open Textbook Network, Will has developed training materials and workshops across the US and for international audiences from Ontario to Abu Dhabi. Will’s current research focuses on the relationship between copyright and open education. He serves as PI on two IMLS-funded projects: the Scholarly Communication Notebook (LG-36-19-0021-19) and Library Copyright Institute (RE-87-18-0081-18).


Bilan Jama is the Education Policy Specialist at Creative Commons USA. Her job primarily focuses on supporting OER policy and CC license adoption in K-12 communities, including supporting the #GoOpen network. She manages relationships with partner organizations, connecting with teachers, and contributing some insight around K-12 education policy and practices. Before working with Creative Commons, Bilan was a fellow at the Albert Shanker Institute in Washington, D.C, and recently completed her M.A. in Educational Transformation with a concentration in Advocacy & Policy at Georgetown University.


Jeselene Andrade, Senior Grant & Project Coordinator, will expand her project management work for our work on developing best practices in fair use for open educational resources. Jeselene will also work to support some of the activities of the CC USA chapter. Prior to joining the CC USA team she worked as Admissions Advisor at George Washington University and a Program Coordinator at Boston University. She holds a BA in Community Health and Master in Public Health from George Washington University.

Emily Kirkpatrick, NCTE Executive Director, is known for creating humanistic innovations that merge research, policy, and practice to address persistent societal inequities. A transformative leader, Ms. Kirkpatrick has dedicated her career to public service and civic engagement, seeking to increase national literacy and social mobility, educational justice and equity, and advancing the inclusion and empowerment of women. A hallmark of her leadership is working shoulder to shoulder with educators, parents, and students to develop novel approaches to literacy. Efforts she has led have received international and national recognition, cross-sector financial investment, and attracted the partnership of the world’s most admired thought leaders, corporations, and institutions. Kirkpatrick holds an MBA from Bellarmine University, a bachelor’s degree from Centre College, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum, American’s Languages Initiative, the Conference of Executive Officers at the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Public Policy Committee for the American Society of Association Executives among other leadership roles.