About Michelle

About Michelle

Michelle Reed is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Head of the University Library’s Scholarly Commons and Media Commons. She manages technology-enhanced spaces and services that facilitate connection, encourage exploration, and enable creation. Previously 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 directed the Libraries’ OER Department, managed the UTA CARES Grant Program, oversaw OER publishing services for Mavs Open Press, 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 a technical writer and editor in records management 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 and a member of ACRL’s New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee. Prior appointments include the University of Texas System Affordable Learning Accelerator Task Force, the Driving OER Sustainability for Student Success (DOERS3) Collaborative, Pressbooks Customer Advisory Board, and ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee. She is a former fellow and mentor in the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, OER Research Fellow, and presenter with the Open Education Network.


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. Press Release

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. Press Release

$500,000+ Education Grant

UTA and partners receive US Department of Education Open Textbooks Pilot Program grant to develop OER for graduate transportation planning courses offered by the College of Architecture, Planning & Public Affairs. Press Release

Publishing Reimagined: OER Services

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. Video Playlist


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