MemberAbbey Elder

SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, Fellow
American Library Association (Member 2016- Present)


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

Elder, Abbey K. “Planning and Implementing an OER Initiative on a Budget.” OER: From Vision to Action, August 2018, Denver, CO. Conference Presentation.

Elder, Abbey K. “Identifying OER Needs by Disc…

I am the Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian for Iowa State University. I teach our university’s Information Literacy course, Library 160, and provide liaison support for the Anthropology and Sociology departments at the university. However, the bulk of my duties relate to outreach and education about Open Access, Open Education, copyright, and other topics related to Scholarly Communication. My main job duties at this time are related to Open Education and Open Educational Resources (OER). I have created guides and tools for users to learn more about OER, including a recent series of Youtube videos to introduce faculty to OER and topics related to Open Education. I have also coordinated our Open Education Mini-Grants on campus, and participate on Iowa State’s Open & Affordable Education Committee. My personal and professional interests lie in Open Education, Open Science, and the Digital Humanities: I am interested in the ways that the Digital Humanities are changing the traditional flow of scholarship among scholars in Humanities disciplines, and I am also interested in Open Access monograph publishing and Open Textbook publishing. If you have a research project you are seeking collaborators for, feel free to reach out and I will let you know if I’m interested.

MemberAnna Newman

I am a librarian who is passionate about open knowledge and public humanities. Currently I’m a Librarian for Digital Academic Strategies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. I previously worked as the Open Access Specialist at Boston University and received my M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. In my career as a librarian, I have advocated for open access to information, educated others about open access practices, and coordinated programming to promote the use of open educational resources. I am also active in a number of public humanities projects that promote community building, self-reflection, and social justice. I am a member of the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program 2018-19 cohort.

MemberJosh Rose

I have worked in Museum Education at the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center, as well as having over fifteen years experience as a higher education instructor. I currently serve as Full-time Faculty of Art History and Art Appreciation at Brookhaven College. Additional projects include curatorial efforts, specifically on comics related exhibitions. Moreover, as an advocate for open-educational resources, I have contributed several times to the OER website Smarthistory.

MemberRichard Zach

I am a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Calgary, working in logic, history of analytic philosophy, and the philosophy of mathematics. In logic, my main interests are non-classical logics and proof theory. My historical interests lie mainly in the development of formal logic and historical figures associated with this development such as Hilbert, Gödel, and Carnap. In the philosophy of mathematics I have mainly worked on Hilbert’s program and the philosophical relevance of proof theory. I’m also interested, and actively working on, Open Educational Resources.

MemberNicky Agate

I am interested in how various iterations of “openness”—including OA publishing models, open educational models, and open peer review, as well as open and transparent scholarly practices—might help foster a more inclusive, equitable, and community-oriented academy. I am co-PI on the Mellon-funded HumetricsHSS initiative, an investigation into the viability of a values-based framework for indicating excellence, and a founding editor of The Idealis, an overlay journal promoting the best in open-access scholarly communication. I serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication and the organizing committee of the Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute.

MemberRebecca Davis

Dr. Rebecca Frost Davis is the Director for Instructional and Emerging Technology at St. Edward’s University; her work focuses on the intersections of digital pedagogy and liberal education.  She is co-editor of Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, a curated collection of nearly 600 pedagogical artifacts with introductory essays for 59 keywords relevant to digital pedagogy to be published by the MLA in 2019.  Her recent publications focus on how the digital ecosystem affects teaching in learning. These include “Pedagogy and Learning in a Digital Ecosystem” in Jessie Moore and Randy Bass, eds. Understanding Writing Transfer and its Implications for Higher Education, “Redefining Learning Places in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem” in Deric Shannon & Jeffery Galle (Eds.), From the Abstract to the Quotidian: Reflections on Pedagogy and Place, and “A Pedagogy of Openness in the Digital Humanities” (co-authored with Carl Blyth) in Carl Blyth & Joshua Thoms (Eds.), Open Education and Foreign Language Learning and Teaching: The Rise of a New Knowledge Ecology (forthcoming 2019).