Hillary Miller is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. In this role, she supports and expands the university community’s understanding of scholarly communications issues by leading outreach initiatives on matters of copyright, open access, open educational resources, research dissemination, and research impact. In 2017, she helped launch VCU’s Affordable Course Content Awards, a program to support adoption or authoring of OER in partnership with six other campus units, and she has served as the lead organizer for OpenCon Virginia in 2018 and 2019. She serves as a system leader for the VIVA (Virtual Library of Virginia) Open Textbook Network consortial membership. Her other professional and research interests include copyright education for artists and creators and public engagement with research and science.
During the first semester of the 2018-19 program, Hillary’s program projects have included creating editable faculty outreach flyers (template 1 and template 2), identifying OER and creating open pedagogy assignments for introductory social work courses, and holding campus stakeholder conversations to better understand student, faculty, and bookstore perspectives on course materials issues. For her capstone project, she will initiate a “community check-in” with the open education community that is focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community. She will convene online and in-person spaces for community members to have critical conversations about community values and issues, collaborate on proposals for open education events and conferences, and drive cultural change.