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Pre-conference #1 - Open Education & Open Educational Resources
Monday, June 11, 2018 | 8:00 AM-11 AM
$60 (lunch included)

Anita Walz

Open Education and Open Educational Resources (OER) have the potential to change your campus, expanding access to courses and saving students money. Are you ready to encourage and support OER on your campus?Then this pre-conference workshop is for you!

Join the conversation as Anita Walz shares the origins and influences on open education and OER. She will help attendees envision some potentials for open education in their personal context. Basic skills needed for promoting open education on their campuses will be shared as well as resources to further explore this topic. Those who register will be asked to take a short survey prior to the pre-conference to help the presenter best gear this workshop to those attending.     

Anita Walz is the Open Education, Copyright, and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. She works with faculty, administrators, and staff on local, state, national and international levels to inspire faculty to choose, adapt, and create learning resources which are more accessible to students. She works in support of student-led projects and is often invited to lead sessions for students and faculty on copyright and the potential of open licensing. Her work experience includes over 15 years in international, government, and academic libraries, including the World Bank and the ERIC Digital Library. She was the project manager and a contributor to Virginia Tech's first open textbook: Fundamentals of Business (2016) and designed and administers the Faculty Open Education Initiative Grant Program at Virginia Tech which provides funds and technical support to faculty who wish to adapt or author and broadly share openly licensed materials for teaching and learning. She served on the inaugural advisory board of the Open Textbook Network (2016-2017) and currently serves on the Open Virginia Advisory Council of the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia. She is a System Leader for VIVA's Open Textbook Initiative and has been has been a featured speaker in several SPARC and ACRL Webinars. Her research interests include: economics of higher education, library involvement in open educational resource initiatives, library publishing, and effective teaching practices for college-age and adult learners. She is the author of the Association of Research Libraries' SPEC Kit (351) Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources (2016) and several journal articles and book chapters. She served as a Fulbright Specialist on Open Educational Resources (OER) in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) in April 2017. You can find her on Twitter @arwalz.




Pre-Conference #2 - Bringing Hannah to Life: Integrating Copyright and Digitization into Archival Exhibits
Monday, June 11, 2018 | 12:30-3:30 PM
$60 (lunch included)

Robert Danielson, Grace Yoder, and Lisa Setters

What do you do when you want to draw people’s attention to the Archives and Special Collections? One obvious answer is to have a special exhibit! But how do you select and refine the material, and how do you leverage the resources of your library on limited funds? How do you take the exhibit out into the digital world and maximize its impact?

Dr. Robert Danielson, Scholarly Communications Librarian, and Grace Yoder, Archivist at Asbury Theological Seminary decided to develop such an exhibit from the papers of Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911), a Quaker who experienced sanctification and became involved in the early Holiness Movement. Her book, a Christian’s Secret to A Happy Life became a holiness devotional classic, read all over the world and still in print. Lisa Setters, then Research and Web Librarian, worked on an online version of the exhibit using LibGuides, while Dr. Danielson worked on digitizing the exhibit and creating an open access book of the material for Asbury’s First Fruits Press. 

Take the journey with these three librarians as they discuss all of the various aspects of creating the exhibit: The Feminist Connections of a Holiness Icon. From copyright issues, to choosing material, to preservation and display issues, as well as digitizing the material for an open access book, creating the online exhibit using LibGuides, and more, you can experience the whole process of bringing Hannah to life! 

This workshop will include handouts, a tour of the Archives and Special Collections of Asbury Theological Seminary, copies of the open access book, and, of course, a visit to the exhibit itself in the Archives Reading Room.

Dr. Robert Danielson is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Asbury Theological Seminary and a Certified Archivist with the Academy of Certified Archivists. He oversees issues of copyright and digitization at Asbury Theological Seminary and runs the library's open access online press, First Fruits Press. He has an M.L.S. from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Grace Yoder is the Archivist at Asbury Theological Seminary, where she has worked for over 20 years. She is particularly knowledgeable in issues of preservation and organizing collections, but also manages the Archives and Special Collections and assists researchers in using the collections.

Lisa Setters graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with a MS in Library and Information Science, specializing in Information Architecture. She served as the Research and Web Librarian at Asbury Theological Seminary until January 2018.


The cost is $60 for one or $100 if you choose both half-day pre-conference workshops. On-campus accommodations are available starting Sunday night. Monday breakfast can be added for an additional cost.