Library Dean Stephanie Walker publishes chapters in two books

wcdit175wChester Fritz Library Dean Stephanie Walker published chapters in two books released in 2018.

The first book was We Can Do IT:  Women in Library Information Technology, edited by Jenny Brandon, Sharon Ladenson, and Kelly Sattler, and published by Library Juice Press, an imprint of Litwin Books.

It is Volume 10 in the Litwin Book Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies (series editor Emily Drabinski).  Walker’s chapter is titled “Chimera in the Library:  A Journey through the Cultures of IT, Libraries, and Library IT.”

affordablecover-350x468Walker’s second chapter is right in line with her UND work on Open Educational Resources. The book is titled The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment:  Programs, Case Studies, and Examples, published by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing on July 24, 2018, and edited by Kristi Jensen and Shane Nackerud.  Walker’s chapter is titled “Facilitating Culture Change to Boost Adoption and Creation of Open Educational Resources [OERs] at the University of North Dakota.” In it, she discusses the highly successful OERs program at UND, which recently received both regional and national recognition.

Regionally, OERs were a key factor in UND Libraries winning the “2018 Most Innovative” award from the 12-state Mountain Plains Library Association, which includes public, academic, and special libraries from across Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Nationally, when Congress recently created a $5 million grant program to support OERs, they specifically mentioned being impressed by programs developed by post-secondary institutions in Georgia and North Dakota. In North Dakota, UND has been responsible for the majority of work in OERs to date.  Interestingly, and a little ironically, the latter book was published digitally on an Open Access basis, and it became so popular (well over 8000 views in its first 4 ½ months) that there was demand for a print version!  The print version – of this book on the benefits of open resources – is now available via Lulu.com.