Personal Bio & Contribution Statement

Personal Bio:

Nancy Foasberg is an academic librarian and Associate Professor at Queens College, CUNY, serving in the role of subject liaison to several humanities departments, including English, Comparative Literature, and Drama, Theatre & Dance. At Queens College, she has also served in the role of Coordinator of Library Instruction, and will soon be taking on the role of Open Knowledge Librarian. She is the the Academic Works Coordinator for the QC campus, and does a lot of outreach around open access, author’s rights, and other scholarly communication issues.

Previously, she created tutorials for the University of Pennsylvania’s Engineering Library. Prior to entering librarianship, she was a composition instructor at Gloucester Community College and the Community College of Philadelphia.

She holds a BA in English and Spanish and and MA in English, both from California State University, Chico. Her Master’s thesis, “Coleridge’s Christabel and the Ballad Tradition: Ambiguity, Genre, and Geraldine,” examines the role of gender in Christabel and how Geraldine steps insidiously into the hero’s role. She also holds a master’s degree in Library Science from Drexel University.

Her research interests include open access, the relationship between reading and technology, and information literacy pedagogy. Publications include:

Contribution Statement:

For Project TRIKE, my role is content strategy and development. Hannah, Natasha and I are responsible for identifying appropriate datasets, performing and documenting data transformations. We will be writing critique and commentary to explain the decisions made for each dataset. In the early part of the project — now, and next week — I am focused on identifying and selecting the right kinds of data and the right kinds of transformations, with help and feedback from my fellow group members. Once we have settled on the datasets to be used, each of us will focus on one and work to elucidate the process.

I also represent the OER perspective in this project. Although I am interested in OERs and am looking forward to working with them in several contexts, I’m still somewhat of a novice. Thus, I hope to learn more about one process by which a strong OER may be built.

Since I’m knowledgeable about author’s rights and licensing, I am taking the lead on licensing and will be discussing with each group member how we will license the materials we produce. I will also be involved in discussions about any materials we decide to reuse that we didn’t create ourselves.

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