Emilie Algenio is the Open Educational Resources and Scholarly Communications Librarian at George Mason University Libraries in Fairfax, Virginia. She oversees OER creation and adoption, assists with copyright related to OER, online and classroom teaching, and the Mason Publishing Group’s publications. She is a member of the Textbook Affordability Working Group, via the Washington Research Library Consortium. This group just started implementing the Open@WRLC Grant Program, designed to encourage the replacement of commercial textbooks through the adoption, adaptation and creation of OER.
Emilie earned her MLIS from Simmons College, and first worked with OER as the Copyright/Fair Use Librarian for Texas A&M University in 2016. Previously, she worked as the Consortia Resources Coordinator and the Director of Publishing, also in Texas. Her additional professional and research interests include scholarly communications in PhD-granting university contexts.
Emilie’s keen interest in the Program’s past participants, and their capstones, was a significant motivator for her own capstone. It is titled “Building a Foundation: Organizing SPARC’s Open Education Leadership Program.” She centralized the 1,500+ data points about the 100+ Fellows and their projects for the Program’s entire six-year history. She provided:
- Fellows’ updated contact information,
- URLs for easy access to their capstones,
- The capstones’ corresponding Abstracts,
- And Fellows’ feedback about their own projects and experiences in the Program itself.
Her community resource will be one, central starting point about the people and projects in the Open Education Leadership Program. Emilie anticipates publishing it in 2023, in order to include the same details from the newly graduated cohort. Her goals are to highlight the Fellows’ significant body of research as a single resource, and for future Fellows to find inspiration and resources to build upon.