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Michelle Reed


[Reed, Michelle]
  • Librarian, Library
  • Open Education Librarian
  • Associate Librarian


Michelle Reed is Open Education Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. She leads efforts to support the adoption, adaptation, and creation of open educational resources and advocates for the creation of experiential learning opportunities that foster collaboration, increase engagement, and empower students as content creators. Her research interests include librarianship at the intersections of information literacy and scholarly communication, the impact of open educational resources, and undergraduate perceptions of open principles. Prior to joining UTA, Michelle supported both information literacy and scholarly communication at the University of Kansas Libraries. She is a presenter for the Open Textbook Network and the Association of College & Research Libraries. She served as a Peer Advisor for the 2017-18 SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, for which she developed the Texas Toolkit for OER Course Markings (a living guide). Additionally, she received the American Library Association’s Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant in 2016 and is an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group.

Learn more about open education at UTA, or read Michelle's contributions to UTA Libraries' Intersections of Research, Innovation, and Sharing (IRIS) blog.

Professional Preparation

    • 2010 Master of Science (MS) in Information ScienceUniversity of Tennessee
    • 2006 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative WritingMcNeese State University
    • 2006 Master of Arts (MA) in EnglishMcNeese State University
    • 2002 Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & EnglishLouisiana Tech University


    • Sept 2016 to Present Open Education Librarian
      University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
    • Aug 2014 to Sept 2016 Undergraduate Learning Specialist
      University of Kansas Libraries
    • Jan 2010 to May 2011 Health Sciences and Distance Education Librarian
      Washburn University


  • Membership
    • Jan 2014 to Present American Library Association
    • Jan 2014 to Present Association of College and Research Libraries

Awards and Honors

    • May  2018 Dean's Research Award sponsored by UTA Libraries
    • Jan  2018 ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarship sponsored by Association of College and Research Libraries
    • Oct  2017 SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow sponsored by Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
    • May  2017 OER Research Fellowship sponsored by Open Education Group
    • Dec  2016 ACRL Early Career Librarian Scholarship sponsored by Association of College and Research Libraries
    • Oct  2016 ACRL Sponsored Scholarship to OpenCon sponsored by Association of College and Research Libraries


      Book Chapter In-progress
      • Reed, Michelle. "Creating Learning Opportunities for Open Education: Exploring the Intersections of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication." OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians. Eds. Andrew Wesolek, Jonathan Lashley, and Anne Langley. Pacific University Press, forthcoming 2018.

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      • Reed, Michelle and Ciara Turner. "Experiential Learning and Open Education: Partnering with Students to Evaluate OER Accessibility." OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians. Eds Andrew Wesolek, Jonathan Lashley, and Anne Langley. Pacific University Press, forthcoming 2018.

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      Book Chapter 2017
      • Reed, Michelle, Philip Duncan, and Germaine Halegoua "Engaging Our Student Partners: Student Leadership in a Library-Initiated Experiential Learning Project." Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies & Best Practices. Eds. Merinda Kaye Hensley and Stephanie Davis-Kahl. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2017.

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      • Reed, Michelle and Merinda Hensley. "Image of Research: Celebrating and Sharing Undergraduate Work." Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies & Best Practices. Eds Merindad Kaye Hensley and Stephanie Davis-Kahl. Chicago: Association of College and Researh Libraries, 2017.

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      Textbook 2016
      • Becker, Jill, Michelle Reed, Stephanie Gamble, and Sofia Leung "University 101 Information Literacy Unit Instructor Manual." KU Libraries. August 2016.

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      Textbook 2006
      • Reed, Michelle and Wendy Whelan-Stewart. "Exploring Communities: Writing About Folklife." Bridging the Gap: Researching and Writing. Eds Delma McLeod-Porter and Shonell Bacon. Southlake: Fountainhead Press, 2006.

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    • April  2018
      Building an Educated Community with OER
      Invited panel presentation sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
    • April  2018
      Beyond Open Connections: Leveraging Information Literacy to Increase Impact of Open Education
      For over a century, academic librarians in the United States have provided instruction designed to help patrons effectively navigate and use the resources and services provided by the library. Today we refer to this type of learning experience in terms of “information literacy.” As digitization has shaped the ways that we access and share information, so, too, has information literacy evolved to represent a more nuanced relationship between the people who create and consume information and the systems we use to communicate in a networked world. In January 2016, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) adopted a new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which transitioned librarians from a skills-based approach to teaching and learning to a conceptual one. Though the language in the Framework is student-centric, as are the information literacy programs that operate out of academic libraries, we argue that the knowledge practices and dispositions represented in the document apply to educators as much as they do to the students we serve—particularly in the context of open education. With its heavy focus on copyright and licensing, outreach and education about open educational resources (OER) provide a perfect opportunity to explore how concepts of information literacy can guide our work with faculty, staff, and administrators who are new to open education or who have fallen prey to misinformation about OER. Additionally, though the term “information literacy” grew from libraries, we acknowledge that librarians do not fully own the responsibility of deepening our communities’ understanding of the information ecosystem. In this presentation, a librarian and an instructional designer discuss how information literacy concepts can inform how we support open education and how we leverage existing information literacy programs to broaden the impact of our work. (Presentation with Billy Meinke)
    • March  2018
      Taking OER Mainstream
      Invited panel presentation for the National Association of College Stores' CAmpus Market EXpo (CAMEX); open to Course Materials eXpereince (CM-X) registrants. (Panel Presentation with Debbie Bruce, Ben Wright, and Tony Sanjume; Moderated by Stephen Hochheiser)
    • March  2018
      Strategic Dialogue: A Couse Material Mindshift: What is Expected of Leaders in Course Materials
      Invited provocateur for the National Association of College Stores' CAmpus Market EXpo (CAMEX); bonus session opportunity for Course Materials eXperience (CM-X) registrants. The cost of higher education and course materials continue to be a challenge for students. CAMEX Strategic Dialogue is an in-depth conversation to discuss trends, implications, and how your store can be part of the solution. (Session with Cheryl Costantini and Erin Kirchner-Lucas; Moderated by Tony Ellis and Ashley Gordon)
    • March  2018
      Collaborating Across Institutions to Advance Open Education
      The Open Education movement has grown dramatically in recent years. Much of this growth is the result of innovative OER programs and initiatives that span multiple institutions. Although challenging, these types of initiatives have the potential to impact the largest number of students and go far in making open the default in education. During Open Education Week, SPARC will host a webcast to highlight system and state/provincial-wide OER initiatives at our SPARC member institutions. (Webcast with Mark McBride, Amanda Coolidge, and Grace Atkins; Moderated by Katie Steen)
    • March  2018
      OER Mentors Guided Discussion Lightning Round
      Join a group of OER mentors to discuss a wide range of topics pertaining to open and affordability.  This is a wonderful opportunity to ask burning questions from “what is OER?” to “how do you…?”  We also want to hear what you are doing and what is working, or not, in your affordability efforts!  This will be a more informal gathering, not a panel style discussion. (Session with Melinda Boland, Bob Butterfield, David Ernst, Jane Roisum, and Daniel Williamson; Moderated by Cory Mitchell)
    • March  2018
      Open to All: Building Partnerships to Improve OER Accessibility
      As interest in open educational resources (OER) continues to grow on college campuses worldwide, many faculty, librarians, and other educators who may have limited experience in publishing and universal design are beginning to spearhead OER projects. As our community of practice expands, it is important to consider how we can develop, implement, and communicate best practices in accessibility to ensure OER meet the needs of all users, regardless of disability, learning preferences, or cultural backgrounds. In this presentation, Michelle Reed discusses the need for accessible OER and explores strategic partnerships that leverage the expertise within our communities to address this need. 
    • February  2018
      Supporting Open Textbook Adoptions
      Open Textbook Network workshops are presented at new member institutions for campus partners who will support exploration and adoption of open textbooks.
    • October  2017
      Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy
      Todays shifting academic information landscape provides many challenges and opportunities for librarians to become change agents for campus-wide initiatives and competencies. As we educate and inspire diverse communities of scholars, librarians are encouraged to seek and explore collaborative opportunities that arise at the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy. This program will empower participants to leverage the intersections in order to develop education and outreach initiatives that address the aspirations and needs of scholars, students, and researchers at their institutions. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to network and build communities of practice.
    • October  2017
      Complementary and Necessarily Bundled: Leveraging Partnerships to Bring Open Pedagogy to Scale
      Open pedagogy is the future of open education because of the potential for an educational community to engage in the creation of the next generation of content while improving student learning. However, building open pedagogy to scale at most institutions has proven difficult, partially because of customized learning experiences and partially because of lack of faculty knowledge about how to support open pedagogy assignments. One way to increase adoption of open pedagogy is to leverage the existing infrastructure and institutional awareness around information literacy. The similarities in goals between open pedagogy and information literacy work represents a natural partnership that open practitioners can draw upon to support the increased adoption of both information-rich and renewable assignments in the curriculum. Panelists in this session will discuss a librarian's perspective on building programmatic support for open pedagogical practice, similar to how libraries have built programmatic support for information literacy. With a focus on scholarship of teaching and learning and open educational practices, we'll demonstrate how the work of open education practitioners and librarians is both complementary and necessarily bundled. When our professional, ethical, and teaching practices are united, open pedagogy can be better organized to scale. (Panel presentation with Sarah Cohen, Amy Hofer, and Quill West)
    • September  2017
      Modifying a Project Memorandum of Understanding for Reuse
      [Contributor to Rafia Mirza's poster presentation] University of Texas Arlington Libraries developed a flexible template and workbook for the use of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) in Libraries. The MOU team felt the time was right for development of the template and workbook due to the shift from transactional work to long term projects occurring in many libraries and the resulting need to document project plans, timelines and expectations for all involved parties. We have found the adoption and writing of a MOU between the Libraries and external partners helps to alleviate tensions and set reasonable expectations. By clarifying those expectations and timelines, the library is able to continue to provide exemplary service to all of our patrons and partners. As hoped, the MOU has been modified for reuse to fit particular project needs. The workbook is available through UTA’s Research Commons. The workbook collection includes a general MOU template, templates for particular projects, a workflow, and instructions for each. This poster will address the benefits, challenges and lessons learned in adapting this template for new uses/projects.
    • June  2017
      Rebus Office Hours: Accessibility in Open Textbooks
      What are the best practices to ensure accessibility in open textbooks? In this session, we will talk about methods to ensure accessibility during authoring and post-authoring processes. We’ll also discuss how to audit the accessibility of existing open textbooks. (Webcast with Josie Gray, Jess Mitchell, and Krista Greear; Moderated by Hugh McGuire and Karen Lauritsen)
    • April  2017
      Intersections Big and Small: A Review of Three Projects that Merge Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy
      The field of library and information sciences has seen an increase in interest related to the “intersections” of information literacy and scholarly communication following the publication by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) of a white paper that described the need for libraries to strengthen connections between these two critical areas of library outreach in higher education. It was reinforced by the publication of Common Ground at the Nexus of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy and followed by the development of “Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy,” a one-day ACRL workshop.  This paper explores three projects conducted at a four-year public research university in the United States. The projects embody academic librarianship at the intersections of information literacy and scholarly communication, and each is presented in the context of its connection to ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and to the strategic priorities of the university and its library.  The selected projects vary in scope and outcomes to provide examples of the range of work possible when librarians actively seek out opportunities to engage with students at the intersections. One of the projects discussed is a multidisciplinary competition that challenges undergraduate students to submit images of their research or research process via social media. An educational series on copyright was shared via the library’s social media channels during the open submission period for the competition. Winners were selected by a panel of faculty judges and were invited to present lightening talks for an awards event hosted by the library. The students’ talks were bookended by talks given by library staff on managing an online presence and the ethos of Open Access. This paper also discusses the library’s integration into a service-learning course offered by the university’s Film and Media Studies Department. Serving as community partner, the library collaborated with a student team on the design of an interactive, digital game intended to introduce the library as a resource to first-year students and reduce the common occurrence of library anxiety among this demographic. The game was integrated into the university’s first-year-experience curricula and used in conjunction with a library-hosted event. The third major project discussed is an exploratory research project that investigates undergraduate perspectives on copyright and access issues. Two students were hired for this experiential learning opportunity that provided them hands-on experience in conducting human subjects research and fostered meaningful connections with faculty.
    • April  2017
      Intersectional Opportunities in Open Educational Resources
      As academic librarians become increasingly involved with advocacy and implementation of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) on our campuses, it is important to think critically about how such initiatives further the strategic goals and priorities of the libraries and institutions we serve. OER/OEP advocacy typically includes copyright education, making this budding area of librarianship a rich example of how we may leverage the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy to strengthen our outreach and educational initiatives. This hands-on workshop builds on concepts presented in “ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Webcast Series,” sponsored by CILIP. We’ll discuss open education in the context of librarianship, review the intersecting cornerstones of information literacy and scholarly communication, and apply strategic mapping and partnership exploration to open educational programming.
    • April  2017
      Exploring International Open Educational Practices
      Whilst the definition of open educational resources (OER) is now relatively static with key descriptions such as the 5R’s (Wiley, 2014) or the definition developed by UNESCO (no date) being frequently referenced, how we define open educational practices (OEP) is more varied and is still under development. Definitions to date recognise that OEP is more than just the practicalities of creating OER for example (McGill 2013) whilst projects such as Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) highlight the ethos of “social justice” as being a central driver of OEP (OEPS, no date). In this session we examine the meaning of OEP in three stages. First, we review examples of OEP in the Scottish context that have been documented as part of research carried out by the OER Hub ( as part of the OEPS project ( and Second, we recontextualise these examples and examine them within the international context, through the use of exemplar case studies from around the world. Finally, we present an emerging framework of open practice based on our research to date. The aim of the framework is to systematically reflect on, analyse and present different facets of international open practice whilst simultaneously contributing to the development of the meaning of open practice and OEP. In short this session aims to further develop a definition of OEP through a systematic analysis of international open practices. It will also explore where open makes a difference to practice and what kind of ethos, if any, underpins how we understand openness. (Presentation with Beck Pitt, Martin Weller, and Bea De Los Arcos)
    • March  2017
      Successful OER Adoption Models: Academic Libraries Leading the Way
      In celebration of Open Education Week 2017, SPARC is hosting an hour long webcast centred on the theme of successful OER adoption models. The webcast will feature representatives from four SPARC member libraries who are each advancing OER at their institution in a different way. (Webcast with Anita Walz, Kathy Labadorf, and Olivia Reinauer; Moderated by Brady Yano)
    • March  2017
      Intersections Open House: What are the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy, and What Can They do for You?
      Scholarly communication and information literacy are dynamic and intersecting strands in librarianship. They not only reinforce each other, they also further the larger aims of students, faculty, librarians, and entire institutions. We will guide participants in uncovering core concepts of the intersections and reflecting how the intersections can strengthen various library initiatives. We’ll provide examples of how the intersections bolster the messages of librarians in various roles. We will also describe how the Intersections workshop can move your professional goals from idea to reality. Finally, we’ll have an open discussion about how the intersections can help you and your institution. (Workshop Showcase with Maryam Fakouri, Emma Molls, and John Watts)
    • March  2017
      Transforming First-Year Information Literacy: Understanding Authority in a Sea of Information
      Come play a game, and join us for discussion of a sustainable model of library support for first-year-experience courses. You’ll learn about the development, implementation, and assessment of a three-day information literacy unit focused on authority that puts course instructors at the helm of student acquisition of information literacy concepts. We’ll share course materials and put your knowledge of authority to the test as we actively engage with course content. (Panel Presentation with Jill Becker, Stephanie Gamble, and Sofia Leung)
    • March  2017
      Students Take the Wheel: Exploring the Products and Processes of a Service-Learning Partnership with Undergraduates
      Are you an ideal researcher? A cinephile or a linguist? Perhaps a free spirit? Come find out! Explore your inner researcher during this interactive session that presents a digital game designed by undergraduate students enrolled in a service-learning course. You’ll learn about the benefits and challenges of partnering with students on the creation of new media and walk away with strategies for integrating libraries into experiential learning opportunities on your campus. (Poster Presentation)
    • February  2017
      Crossing Paths: An Introduction to the Intersections
      Following the 2013 publication of ACRL’s white paper on the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy, interest in the connection between these two critical areas of librarianship has grown tremendously. The first webcast in this three-part series explores common definitions of the two topics; analyzes the intersections and objectives presented in the white paper and in subsequent publications; offers practical examples of librarianship at the intersections; and discusses partnerships that advance outreach and education initiatives. This webcast provides participants with a shared theoretical foundation on which the rest of the series is built. (CILIP-Sponsored Webcast with Emma Molls)
    • October  2016
      What We Talk About When We Talk About OER
      Presented at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Copyright Conference 2016.


  • 2015
    • Jan 2015 to Sept 2016 Digital Storytelling Project on Library Anxiety

      The Digital Storytelling Project on Library Anxiety is a student-designed, interactive game intended to introduce first-year students to the University of Kansas Libraries’ resources and services. It adopts a fun yet informative tone to lower library anxiety among incoming freshmen and illustrate the benefits of library use. Additional information is available at

      Role: Principal Investigator PI: Michelle Reed

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Mar 2016 to Present Undergraduates Speak: Our Rights and Access sponsored by  - $3000
    • Jan 2016 to May 2016 Digital Storytelling Project on Library Anxiety sponsored by  - $400
    • July 2015 to June 2016 Undergraduates Speak: Our Rights and Access (pilot) sponsored by  - $3510
    • Aug 2015 to Dec 2015 Undergraduates Speak: Our Rights and Access (pilot) sponsored by  - $300
    • Aug 2015 to Dec 2015 Undergraduates Speak: Our Rights and Access (pilot) sponsored by  - $500

Other Creative Activities

Other Teaching Activities

  • 2015
    • 2015-2016
      • Aug 2015 Research Methods and Information Literacy

        Taught at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

  • 2010
    • 2010-2011
      • 2010 Freshman Composition

        Taught at Washburn University, Topeka, KS

    • 2010-2011
      • 2010 Information Literacy, Technology, and the College Experience

        Taught at Washburn University, Topeka, KS

    • 2010-2011
      • 2010 Library Research Strategies

        Taught at Washburn University, Topeka, KS

  • 2009
    • 2009
      • 2009 English Composition II

        Taught at Labette Community College, Parsons, KS

  • 2003
    • 2003-2007
      • 2003 Developmental English

        Taught at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

    • 2003-2007
      • 2003 English Composition I

        Taught at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

    • 2003-2007
      • 2003 English Composition II

        Taught at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

Service to the Profession

  • Appointed
    • Aug 2016 to  July 2018 Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

      Michelle is a presenter for ACRL's one-day workshop that supports librarians as they explore collaborative opportunities that arise at the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy.

    • July 2017 to  Present Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Research and the Scholarly Enviroment Committee (ReSEC)


      ReSEC Charge: To oversee and coordinate ACRL's Research and Scholarly Environment Initiative as described in the strategic plan; work with the ACRL Board and other ACRL units in creating a comprehensive effort including coalition building, professional development, publications, research, and advocacy and in developing the ACRL research and scholarly communications website; and monitor and assess the effectiveness of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Initiative.

    • May 2017 to  Present Open Textbook Network

      Michelle is a presenter for the Open Textbook Network, which promotes access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks.

  • Volunteered
    • Jan 2017 to  Dec 2017 Rebus Community Accessibiity in Open Textbooks Working Group


Service to the University

  • Appointed
    • July 2017 to  Present Research and Writing Project Team


    • Mar 2017 to  Present All Staff Committee


    • Oct 2016 to  Apr 2017 Faculty Creative Works Project


    • Jan 2017 to  Apr 2017 UTA Libraries Book Talks: Paying the Price

      Discussion Leader

  • Volunteered
    • Jan 2017 to  Present Disability Studies Internship Program

      Internship Supervisor

    • Dec 2016 to  Present Faculty Scoring Session for Signature Assignments


  • Other
    • Aug 2017 to  Present UTA Coalition for Alternative Resources in Education for Students