Michelle Brailey is a Digital Initiatives Projects Librarian at the University of Alberta. Michelle supports institution-wide program development, awareness, and sustainability of OER. As an open education advocate, she is active on her local Open Education Advocacy Committee, the Alberta OER Community of Practice, and she chairs the University of Alberta Open Education Interest Group and co-chairs a provincial working group for OER technology and infrastructure. She also contributes to the open education movement through advocacy and awareness building, supporting her institutions OER Awards, and as a service manager for OER publishing through the University of Alberta Libraries’.
As a fellow in the 2018/2019 cohort of the Open Education Leadership Program, the goal of Michelle’s work is to scope an OER publishing program to meet the needs of institutions across the province of Alberta, to be hosted by the University of Alberta Libraries. This project builds on her existing work developing an OER publishing program at the University of Alberta, and an active journal publishing program already offered by the University of Alberta Libraries’.
Through the SPARC Leadership Program, Michelle plans to partner with Alberta post-secondary institutions, particularly their Libraries and/or Centres for Teaching and Learning, to identify needs and scope potential services, and investigating how existing University of Alberta Libraries Pressbooks infrastructure can be utilized to support local and provincial Pressbooks and OER publishing needs.