Ariana Santiago is the Open Educational Resources Coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries. She leads the planning, implementation, and assessment of a UH open educational resources (OER) program. Her research interests include undergraduate student success, critical pedagogy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries. Ariana earned an M.A. in Applied Learning and Instruction from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She was a 2017 American Library Association Emerging Leader.
As a librarian newly in an OER position, Ariana’s goals in the Open Education Leadership Program are to gain a network of peers and mentors in the open community, develop more thorough knowledge of open education, and understand how to support the use of OER. Through the program, Ariana identified a need to focus on supporting OER implementation, due to being at an institution with a new OER program and a high level of faculty interest. Her capstone project will focus on promoting an existing OER incentive program, developing OER implementation workflows, and facilitating training opportunities for faculty.