I am the Director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center in the NCSU Libraries and an instructor in the UNC SILS. Trained as a lawyer and librarian, I guide policy and speak and writes on open culture and navigating legal uncertainty. As presenter coordinator for the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow, I have developed training materials and workshops for international audiences from Ontario to Abu Dhabi and am currently developing educational materials for SPARC, the Open Textbook Network, and Creative Commons USA.

I am co-PI on two IMLS-funded projects. One is focused on developing OER for teaching scholarly communication and the other is focused on the development of an “Open Textbook Toolkit” that leverages library publishing services to support open pedagogy.



Book Chapters

  • Cross, W., Legal Issues for Librarians. In Smith, Ellis, and Becker (eds.) Coaching Copyright: Best Practices for Teaching a Difficult Subject. (Forthcoming)

  • Rigling, L., & Cross, W., Getting to Know You: How We Turned Community Knowledge into Open Advocacy. In Wesolek, A., Lashley, J., and Langley, A. (eds.) OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians. (Forthcoming)

  • Waller, M. & Cross, W., The D.H. Hill Visualization Studio: A Case Study in Promoting the Value of Student Work. In Jackson, A., Pierard, C., and Schadl, S. (eds.) Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work (Forthcoming)

  • Alpi, K., Cross, W., Raschke, G., & Sullivan, M., The NCSU Libraries’ Alt-Textbook Project: Open Education That Opens a Door to the Library. In Diaz, C. (ed.) Textbooks in Academic Libraries. (pp. 69 – 89) (2017)

  • Cross, W., Library Expertise Driving Pedagogical Innovation: Bringing “Open” to the Classroom with Open Educational Resources. In Smith, K. and Dickson, K. (eds.) Leading the 21st-Century Academic Library. (pp. 71 – 96) (2016)

  • Cross, W., Making Space for the Giants: Copyright, Technology, and Online Instruction. In Major, C. (ed.) Teaching Online: A Guide to Theory, Research, and Practice. (pp. 131-149). (2015)

  • Hirsh, K. & Cross, W., Legal Education for School Librarians. In Fontichiaro, K. and Hamilton, B. (Eds.), School libraries: What’s now, what’s next, what’s yet to come. (2011) Retrieved from http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96705

Journal Articles

  • Cross, W., Finding a Way Forward for Streaming Media in Library Collections, Copyright & New Media Law, 21(2) (2017)

  • Thompson, S., Cross, W., Rigling, L., & Vickery, J., Data-Informed Open Education Advocacy: A New Approach to Saving Students Money and Backaches, Journal of Access Services, 14(3) (2017) doi.org/10.1080/15367967.2017.1333911

  • Waller, M., Cross, W., & Rigling, L., The Open Textbook Toolkit: Seeding Successful Partnerships for Collaboration Between Academic Libraries and University Presses, Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 49(1) (2017)

  • Cross, W., More than a House of Cards: Developing a Firm Foundation for Streaming Media and Consumer-Licensed Content in the Library. The Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship 1(1) (2016) doi.org/10.17161/jcel.v1i1.5919

  • Cross, W., Libraries Support Data-Sharing Across the Research Lifecycle. Library Journal (2016)

  • Davis, H. & Cross, W., Using a Data Management Plan Review Service as Training Ground for Librarians. Journal of Librarianship & Scholarly Communication, 3(2) 1-20.

  • Cross, W., What We Talk About When We Talk About “Journal Club.” Serials Review, 40(2) 123-128 (2014)

  • Hanson, D., Cross, W., & Edwards, P., Copyright Policy and Practice in Electronic Reserves among ARL Libraries. College & Research Libraries, 74(2) 69-84. (2013)

  • Cross, W., Restoring the Public Library Ethos: Copyright, Licensing, and the Future of Librarianship. Law Library Journal, 104(1) 195-217 (2012). AALL Award Winner

  • Cross, W. & Edwards, P., Preservice Legal Education for Academic Librarians within ALA-Accredited Degree Programs. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 11(1) 533-550 (2011)

  • Cross, W., Hot Coffee and Freeze-Dried First Amendment Analysis: The Dubious Constitutionality of Using Private Ratings for Public Regulation of Video Games. First Amendment Law Review, 4 (1), 299-340 (2007)

White Papers and Conference Proceedings

  • Issue Brief: Legal and Practical Approaches to Open Licensing for Educational Assessment Materials, Creative Commons USA (In Development)

  • Issue Brief: Using Fair Use to Preserve and Share Disappearing Government Information, Association of Research Libraries (2017)

  • Jump Start Your Scholarly Communication Initiatives: Lessons Learned From Redesigning the Scholarly Communications Roadshow for a New Generation of Librarians, ACRL 2017 Conference (2017)

  • Don’t Share This Item! Developing Digital Collections and Services in a Consumer‐Licensed World. Charleston Conference (2016)

  • Where Do We Go From Here: Choosing a Framework for Assessing Research Data Services and Training. Charleston Conference (2016)

  • Libraries Leading the Way on the Textbook Problem. Charleston Conference (2015)

  • Building Capacity in Your Library for Research Data Management Support (Or What We Learned From Offering to Review DMPs). Charleston Conference (2015)

  • Support When It Counts – Library Roles in Public Access to Federally-Funded Research. Charleston Conference (2014)

  • Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities Association of Research Libraries (2012)

  • Developing Copyright Policy: A Guide for Liberal Arts Colleges, Consortium of Liberal Art Colleges (2010)


Upcoming Talks and Conferences

  • Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom: Planting Local Open Educational Resources that Will Spring Up Across the Field, Charleston Preconference, Charleston, SC, November 6, 2018

  • OER is for Everyone!: Tools for Using Granularity as an Approach to Scaling Open Education Creation, OpenEd18, Niagara Falls, NY, October 12, 2018

  • What Belongs in Your Open Textbook Toolkit?, OpenEd18, Niagara Falls, NY, October 12, 2018

  • Lessons from the Road: How to Develop a Map For Teaching Copyright in Your Community, Kraemer Copyright Preconference, Colorado Springs, CO, June 4, 2018

  • Applying Fair Use and First Sale to Controlled Digital Lending of Copyrighted Books, Kraemer Copyright Conference, Colorado Spring, June 6, 2018

  • Expanding Scholarly Communication Instruction for the Next Generation of LIS Leaders, Library Publishing Forum, Twin Cities, MN, May 24-26 2018

  • Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement, ACRL Roadshow, Abu Dhabi UAE, April 26, 2018


  • ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (Member, 2015 – present)

  • Open Textbook Network (UNC System Representative 2017 – present)

  • Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (Reviewer 2015 – present)

  • Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship (Reviewer 2016 – present)

  • Steering Committee: PsyArXiv

  • Presenter Coordinator: ACRL Scholarly Communications Road Show

  • Advisory Board: Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute

  • American Library Association (Member 2011 – present)

  • Association of College and Research Libraries (Member 2011 – present)

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