About Michelle

Educator and Academic Librarian

Michelle Reed is Assistant Professor and Head of the Scholarly Commons in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In this role she builds collaborative relationships with partners from within the library and across campus to support the use and exploration of digital tools, broaden access to scholarship, and enhance the university’s research output.

Prior to joining the Scholarly Commons, Michelle served as Associate Librarian and Director of Open Educational Resources at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, where she led efforts to support the adoption, modification, and creation of open educational resources (OER). She oversaw the Libraries’ OER Department, which manages OER publishing services for Mavs Open Press and the UTA CARES Grant Program, and assisted educators in developing learning opportunities that foster collaboration, increase engagement, and empower students as content creators.

At the University of Kansas Libraries, Michelle supported both information literacy and scholarly communication as an Undergraduate Learning Specialist in the Libraries’ Research and Learning Division. She also worked as technical writer and editor for a Department of Energy waste management center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and for a small research and manufacturing business specializing in neurophysiological research tools in Lawrence, Kansas.

Michelle is a presenter and curriculum designer for the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) OER and Affordability Roadshow. She previously served as a member of the University of Texas System Affordable Learning Accelerator Task Force, the Driving OER Sustainability for Student Success (DOERS3) Collaborative, and the Pressbooks Customer Advisory Board. She is a former fellow of the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program and the Open Education Group’s OER Research Fellowship Program.


Publishing Practice Award

Mavs Open Press receives inaugural Publishing Practice Award in Accessibility from the Library Publishing Coalition for developing exemplary workflows and processes to support accessibility in OER publishing. More

Transforming the Student Experience

UTA invests $500,000 to fund OER led by UTA Libraries in 2019-20 academic year, the largest award by a public academic institution in the state of Texas specifically supporting OER initiatives. More

Publishing Reimagined

A YouTube playlist about the OER publishing program at UTA Libraries features interviews with stakeholders in the OER creation pipeline, including OER creators, librarians, and other partners. More

Digital Storytelling Project

A student-designed, interactive game introduces first-year students to library resources and services. It adopts a fun yet informative tone to lower library anxiety among first-year students. More


MS, Information Sciences

University of Tennessee, 2010

Research: academic libraries, leadership, and scholarly publishing

MA, English

McNeese State University, 2006

Research: trauma and humor in contemporary fiction and memoir

MFA, Creative Writing

McNeese State University, 2006

Thesis: What You Look Like Naked (short stories); Doré Writing Award

BA, Journalism & English

Louisiana Tech University, 2002

Summa cum laude; editor and reporter at The Tech Talk; News Bureau writer