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 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 creating a new VCU Libraries Guide on Creative Commons.For her capstone project, she worked to establish a new approach for open education outreach in her work, focused on inclusion and diversity in open education. Building on conversations with faculty and gathering resources on inclusive teaching and open education, she created a community resource on Library Outreach for Inclusive Open Education to help librarians prepare to incorporate or lead with inclusion in their open education outreach. The resource includes readings and viewings that can help librarians build some foundational knowledge about inclusive teaching and open education, guidance and resources for preparing and having conversations with faculty, and guidance on ways that inclusion can be incorporated throughout the process of adapting and authoring OER.