We’re excited to announce that Alexus Hunt has joined the Scholarly Communication Department as the Project Coordinator for our new Course Material Transformation Fellowship. Alexus is a first-year graduate student studying Library Science and African American and African Diaspora Studies. Alexus graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) last May, where she studied English and Africana Studies. Her research interests are black feminism and politics. Her goals are to become an Africana Studies Professor and special collections librarian for black literature. Alexus is originally from McCordsville, Indiana, and her hobbies include dancing, reading, hiking, and knitting.
As Project Coordinator, Alexus will play an integral role in implementing the new Fellowship Program. She will be responsible for promoting the Program, communicating with fellows and scheduling professional development opportunities, and assessing the overall impact of the Program on the IUB and IUPUI campuses.
This year’s theme aims to encourage more actionable items from participants, despite the upheaval many academic libraries are currently facing. While the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly caused significant disruption in our daily lives and work, it has also given us a chance to examine our existing structures and workflows more critically before moving forward. Beyond examining, we now have a chance to update and upgrade our information structures to include diversity and inclusion at all levels.
For anyone looking to expand their knowledge of open access and learn more about trends and new ideas related to OA, check out our compiled Open Access Week Reading List. This list includes two articles written by members of our team: “A Qualitative Study on the Digital Preservation of OER” by Sarah Hare, which details why and how libraries should assist in the long-term preservation of open educational resources, and “COVID-19 Demonstrates the Value of Open Access: What Happens Next?” by Willa Tavernier, which discusses the potential future for the open access movement and ways in which this pandemic may have disrupted the monopoly of large commercial publishers. Other articles address the current effectiveness of APC funds, the infrastructure of open science, and the unfortunate trend for more quality news outlets and scientific papers to be locked behind paywalls compared to free, but often false, information. All of these works themselves are available open access!
Finally, we also have Open Access Week Zoom backgrounds designed by our incredible graduate student, Alexis Murrell. Feel free to use any and all of them to celebrate this week and beyond!