Open Educational Resources Librarian
Scholarly Communications and Publishing
James Branch Cabell Library,121-U
New to VCU Libraries in Spring 2019, Jessica Kirschner supports the VCU community in its efforts to decrease student costs and increase student success through the use of affordable and open educational materials. Working with partners from across the VCU community, she advocates, educates and assists in the creation of new resources and the location, adoption and adaptation of existing course materials, from library materials to open educational resources.
Before joining VCU Libraries, she served as the Digital Publishing Librarian at Texas Tech University, where she was developing an affordable, digital textbook publishing program. She began her career working in the acquisitions department at SUNY Press, before obtaining her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and working in their Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing. She was a 2017 Society for Scholarly Publishing Fellow and is currently Assistant Editor for the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.
Her academic interests focus on publishing and open education, especially the intersection of the two.