Bryan James McGeary is the Learning Design and Open Education Engagement Librarian at Pennsylvania State University. In this role, he supports the creation and adoption of open and affordable course content and associated pedagogical practices as well as helps in developing the strategy for the University Libraries’ online learning resources. Additionally, he is an OER Specialist for Affordable Learning PA (Pennsylvania’s statewide OER initiative), a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Open Education Network’s Certificate in OER Librarianship, and co-editor of the peer-reviewed open access journal Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice. He has served in previous library positions at Dickinson College, Ohio University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, an M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.S. in Journalism from Ohio University. His research interests include open pedagogy, the intersections of librarianship and popular culture, and the relationship between place branding and regional identity.
For his capstone project, he will be co-creating (along with Christina Riehman-Murphy) a strategic, scaffolded faculty development plan for the entire Penn State system. This plan will include professional development and learning opportunities as well as other support services to help faculty adopt, adapt, and author OER as well as incorporate open pedagogy into their courses.