Jessica Kirschner leads the library’s textbook affordability initiative. She 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. Jessica is currently the Managing Editor for the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. She was a 2017 Society for Scholarly Publishing Fellow and received the Library Publishing Coalition Award for Exemplary Service in 2019.
Her academic interests focus on publishing and open education, especially the intersection of the two.
M.L.I.S., the University of Pittsburgh