Anita Walz
Virginia Tech

Anita Walz

Anita Walz is the Open Education, Copyright, and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. She works with librarians, students, staff, faculty, and administrators and on a national and international levels to inspire administrators to support and faculty to choose, adapt, and create learning resources which can be shared with the world and are more accessible to students and customizable by faculty. Her research interests include: economics of higher education, library involvement in open educational resource initiatives, library publishing, and effective teaching practices for college-age and adult learners. She is the lead author of the SPEC Kit 351: Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources (2016), an Association of Research Libraries’ survey of 64 research libraries in the U.S. and Canada. She is an advisory board member of the Open Textbook Network and recently served as a Fulbright Specialist on Open Education and OER at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Her professional work experience includes over 15 years in international, government, and academic libraries.