Anna Newman is a Librarian for Digital Academic Strategies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In this position, she provides faculty development and support services in the areas of open scholarship and scholarly publishing, supports digital scholarship projects, and manages the George C. Gordon Library’s web presence. Anna’s research interests include open access advocacy, digital project management and sustainability, and equity and gender in scholarly communications.
In the program so far, Anna has focused on developing strategies for OER outreach at WPI, raising awareness and cultivating support for a campus-wide OER initiative. Initial outreach efforts in collaboration with colleagues in the library and academic technology office have led to WPI’s Morgan Teaching & Learning Center convening a Faculty Learning Community on OER this spring. Anna has also created outreach materials, including “OER and Equity in the Classroom,” an infographic that illustrates how OER can promote a more equitable system of higher education.
For her capstone project, Anna will be conducting an institutional needs assessment for an open education initiative. Over the course of the project, Anna will connect with OER stakeholders at WPI; identify current attitudes about, areas of opportunity for, and barriers to OER; write a needs assessment report to share with WPI administration; and create a community resource on best practices for conducting an OER needs assessment.