Kellam Ayres is the Library Reserves Coordinator and Liaison to the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She handles print and electronic course materials, consults on copyright, and provides liaison support to Middlebury’s graduate students. Open education is an exciting new avenue of work for her, as she sees the need for inclusive and affordable access to course materials every day. She hopes that the SPARC Leadership Program will help her effectively partner with faculty, staff, students, and departments across campus (and beyond) to study, promote, and implement affordable textbooks. Kellam holds graduate degrees in English and poetry writing, and before arriving at Middlebury she worked in publishing.
Kellam’s capstone project will focus on an awareness campaign at Middlebury. The project will involve continued outreach to stakeholders; the creation of an OER LibGuide; the development of presentations to interested groups; and the creation of an open education working group.