Julia Rodriguez is the Nursing, Health Sciences and Scholarly Communications Librarian at Oakland University (OU) in Rochester, MI. She provides assistance for faculty with research and publishing through educational training programs and one-on-one support and is the liaison to institutional partners on scholarly communication issues. She coordinates OU Libraries’ open access initiatives including the OA Pilot Fund, OER programming and OU’s institutional repository, OUR@Oakland. She also provides information literacy instruction and student research support as the librarian liaison to School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences. Her research interests include social media use in education, instructional pedagogy, copyright, open access and scholarly communication. Julia earned her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, with a concentration on Digital Libraries.
Julia spent the fall semester of the SPARC leadership program critically reading, pondering and tweeting about OER and OEP. She developed resources to better educated the Oakland community about OER and affordable course materials options and drafted and submitted a campus plan for an Affordable Course Materials Initiative. For her capstone project, Julia will conduct a comprehensive OER readiness and environmental scan of three-five departments with the high enrollment courses, gathering data about current practices, structures, policies, attitudes and course material usage to determine which courses or departments would most likely switch to OER. Information gathered will be used to help convert one-two high enrollment courses.