Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communication Librarian
Anita Walz is the Open Education, Copyright, and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and an undergraduate degree in economics from Wheaton College. Her work experience includes over 15 years in international, government, and academic libraries. She has managed development of several open textbooks, designed and administers an open education grants program for faculty at her institution, and frequently teaches and moderates discussions on open licensing, Creative Commons, OER, and open educational practices. She serves in state and national advisory groups regarding open educational practices, is a frequent conference presenter, has been featured as a speaker on SPARC, ACRL (the Association of College and Research Libraries) and Rebus webinars, and is the author of both practical and academic publications including curated event recordings, an open textbook adaptation guide, an ARL SPEC Kit, guest blog posts, conference and journal articles, and book chapters. She served as a Fulbright Specialist on OER at American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 2017.