Johannah White is currently the OER/Instruction and Liaison Librarian at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. As an advocate for the Open movement, she advises faculty on finding/using OER, assignment creation incorporating OER, copyright, and Open Access publishing. She is a curator for the Louisiana-specific instance of the OER Commons which will debut in July 2019.
Previously, she also served as Reference Librarian/Instruction Coordinator at Xavier University of Louisiana as well. Her research interests include promoting inclusion in diverse classrooms and OER. Previously, she held the post of Reference and Instruction Librarian for Humanities at Tulane University. She holds a B.A. in Russian language and literature from the University of Kansas and a MLS from Indiana University, Bloomington.
As a member of the SPARC OER Librarian program, I am grateful that my education has benefited enormously from the diversity of experience and perspectives in the 2018-19 cohort. The breadth of coursework encompassing the facets of Open Education encapsulated by the use and creation of OER has irrevocably changed my perspective on a variety of issues faced by academic libraries, especially copyright, advocating for Open Education, and the struggle for social justice in education.
For my capstone project, I will be creating a toolkit for Xavier University of Louisiana students to use in learning to advocate for their own enlightened self-interest in the encouraging faculty to use and create OER for them and for our administration to support OER efforts financially. The most important outcome, for me, is that undergraduate students, especially students of color, learn to raise their voices for positive change and understand that they can be successful advocates for change.