Annie Johnson is the Assistant Director for Open Publishing Initiatives and Scholarly Communications at Temple University Libraries and Press. In this position, she oversees initiatives within the Libraries to help make faculty and student scholarship openly available. Annie educates faculty, staff, and students about open access, copyright and fair use, digital publishing, and research impact. She also works with the Press to support and grow their open access publishing program. In 2019, Annie helped launch North Broad Press, a joint Libraries/Press imprint dedicated to publishing high-quality open textbooks and other types of open scholarship written by the Temple University community.
Annie’s capstone project focused on the role of university presses within the open education movement. Specifically, she was interested in thinking through how presses could partner with libraries to advance open education. She conducted a survey of university presses about their attitudes towards and interest in publishing open textbooks. She also wrote a business and philosophy of services plan for Temple’s joint Libraries/Press imprint, North Broad Press. North Broad Press publishes high-quality open textbooks and other types of open scholarship written by the Temple University community. The final part of her capstone involved launching a new grant program for Temple faculty who wanted to author an open textbook with North Broad Press.