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Ann K. Johnson, Ph.D.

Current Position
Associate University Librarian for Publishing, Preservation, Research, and Digital Access
University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, Newark, Delaware

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Ph.D., History, 2014

Dissertation: “The People’s Book: Making, Selling, and Reading Reference Works in Nineteenth-Century America”
Committee: Karen Halttunen, Philip J. Ethington, Thomas Gustafson, Robert A. Gross (University of Connecticut)

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
A.M., Public Humanities, 2008

Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California
B.A., History, cum laude, 2005

Professional Experience
Assistant Director for Open Publishing Initiatives and Scholarly Communications
Temple University Libraries/Temple University Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 2020-March 2022

Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist
Temple University Libraries/Temple University Press
February 2016-January 2020

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow in Academic Libraries
Lehigh University Libraries, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
July 2014-January 2016

Assistant Multimedia Editor
Urban History, Cambridge Journals Online
June 2011 – September 2013

Co-Primary Investigator (with John Huffman and Benjamin Bagozzi), National Science Foundation, “CC* Data Storage: Shareable, Equitable, and Extensible Data Storage for Collaborative Data-intensive Research,” September 2023-August 2025, $443,455.

Co-Primary Investigator (with Lori Birrell), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “Poetry as Activism Project,” January 2023-December 2024, $250,000.

Co-Primary Investigator (with Carmelo Galati), Pennsylvania Grants for Open and Affordable Learning (PA GOAL), “Gratis!: A Flipped Learning and Active Learning Approach to Italian,” September 2021-June 2022, $12,500.

Primary Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities, “Stories of Work and the Struggle for Solidarity: Increasing Access to Temple University Press Labor Studies Titles,” May 2017-December 2019, $81,974.

Pucci, Alicia and Annie Johnson. “Partnering with North American University Presses to Open and Preserve Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship.” In Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collection, and Inclusion, edited by Josh Cromwell. Chicago: ACRL, 2023.

Johnson, Annie. “The Relationship Between University Presses and Academic Libraries: Past, Present, and Future.” In Scholarly Communication Librarianship and Open Knowledge: Law, Policy, Economics and Publishing, edited by Josh Bolick, Maria Bonn, and Will Cross. Chicago: ACRL, 2023.

Johnson, Annie, Carrie Johnston, and Aditya Ranganath. “The Third Library and the Commons.” In The CLIR Curated Futures Project, edited by Faithe Day, Synatra Smith, Jodi Reeves Eyre, John Maclachlan, and Christa Williford. Washington D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources, 2022.

Johnson, Annie, Rebecca Lloyd, and Kristina De Voe. “Have Your Cake and Eat it Too: Throw a Public Domain Party and Engage Students in Discussions About Copyright.” In The Scholarly Communications Cookbook, edited by Brianna Buljung and Emily Bongiovanni, 226-228. Chicago: American Library Association, 2021.

Johnson, Annie. “Rediscovering an Old Genre: Open Textbook Publishing and University Presses.” Journal of Electronic Publishing 23.1 (2020).

Bell, Steven and Annie Johnson. “We’re Listening: Try a Textbook Listening Tour to Advance an OER Initiative.” College & Research Library News 80.6 (2019): 317.

Broduer, Jay, Morgan Daniels, Annie Johnson, Natsuko Nicholls, Sarah Pickle, and Elizabeth Warasksa. National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education: An Assessment. Washington, D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources, 2016.

Johnson, Annie. “Bookselling.” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. 2016.

Johnson, Annie. “Book Publishing and Publishers.” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. 2015.

Other Writings
Johnson, Annie. “Balancing Investments in Open Access: Sustainability and Innovation.” Commonplace. 2021.

Johnson, Annie. “Not Quite a Librarian, Not Quite a Publisher: What It’s Like to Work for a Library and a University Press.” Library Publishing Coalition Blog. May 4, 2021.

Cullier, Cheryl, Amy Hofer, Annie Johnson, Kathleen Labadorf, Karen Lauritsen, Peter Potter, Richard Saunders, and Anita Walz. Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know. Minneapolis: Open Textbook Network, 2016.

Johnson, Annie. “A Historian in the Stacks: Finding a Professional Home in the Library.” AHA Today. August 2016.

Johnson, Annie. “Rare Book School Course.” Archive Journal. 2015.

“Connecting Institutional Repositories and University Presses to Open and Preserve Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship” (with Alicia Pucci), Library Publishing Forum, May 2023.

“Promoting Our Work and Our Expertise: Making Library Labor More Visible to the University Community,” CALM (Conference on Academic Library Management), April 2022.

“The Open Road: Mapping Your Library’s Path Through the OA Publishing Landscape” (with Karen Kohn), The Charleston Conference, November 2021.

“Conducting a Faculty OER Audit: From Survey to Public Inventory” (with Steven Bell), Affordable Learning PA Summit, August 2021.

“Born Digital and Made for Learning: Foundations for Developing Successful Digital Course Materials” (with Clara Totten, Matthew Gold, Trond Knutdsen, and Sara Jo Cohen), AUPresses Annual Meeting, June 2021.

“Conducting a Faculty OER Audit: From Survey to Public Inventory” (with Steven Bell), Northeast OER Summit, May 2021.

“Lessons Learned from Working with Faculty to Publish Open Textbooks” (with Alicia Pucci), Affordable Learning PA Summit, September 2020.

“Building on What We’ve Learned: Approaches to Library Publishing from Three Different Universities” (with Johanna Meetz and Karen Bjork), ACRL DSSPDC: Digital Scholarship Practices & Programs: Library Publishing webinar, July 2020.

“North Broad Press: A Collaborative Library/Press Publishing Program,” Coalition for Networked Information Fall Meeting, December 2019.

“Advancing Open and Affordability: University Presses, Libraries, and Open Textbooks,” Library Publishing Forum, May 2019.

“One Platform, Many Possibilities: Lessons Learned from the Manifold Pilot” (with Beth Fuget, Meredith Carruthers, Liz Bedford, Verletta Kern, and Mark Konecny), Library Publishing Forum, May 2019.

“We’re Listening: A Textbook Listening Tour to Promote OER Adoption” (with Steven Bell), Open Education Conference, October 2018.

“Librarians and Specialists and Coordinators, Oh My!: Labor in Library Publishing” (with Emily Gattozzi and Nina Collins), Library Publishing Forum, May 2018.

“Embedding Scholarly Communication in Your Instructional Practice: A Coordinated Approach” (with Rebecca Lloyd and Kristina De Voe), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section Midwinter Virtual Discussion, January 2018.

“Scholarly Publishing Services and University Presses” (with Jason Coleman, John McLeod, Elizabeth Scarpelli, and David Alan Rech), American Association of University Presses Conference (AAUP), June 2017.

“From Creative Commons to Open Access: A Scholarly Communication Boot Camp for Undergraduates,” ACRL Conference, March 2017.

“Phantom Skies and Shifting Ground: A Model for Library Publishing as a Collaborative Enterprise” (with Sara Cohen), Library Publishing Forum, March 2017.

“Beyond the Textbook: Increasing OER Awareness and Adoption at Temple,” ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter Spring Conference, April 2016.

“Still Looking for You: Place-Based Community Engagement” (with Julia Maserjian), Keystone DH Conference, July 2015.

Awards and Honors
SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow, 2018-2019
Fellow, Leading Change Institute, Washington D.C., 2018
Scholarship to attend the Advancing Research Communication and Scholarship Conference, 2015
Scholarship to attend the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Conference, 2015
Bibliographical Society of America-Rare Book School Scholarship, 2014
Student scholarship to attend the University of Maryland’s Digital Humanities Winter Institute, 2013
Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2012-2013
Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2011-2012
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) Fellow, 2010, 2011
Summer Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2009, 2010
Admission and Isaiah Thomas Stipend to attend the American Antiquarian Society’s Summer Seminar on “Book History and Media History,” led by Lisa Gitelman and Meredith McGill, 2009
First Year Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2008-2009
Fulbright Fellowship, Republic of Korea, William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, 2005
History Scholar, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 2004

Service Activities
Member, Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, Association of Research Libraries, 2023-2025
Member, Library Relations Committee, Association of University Presses, 2021-2023
Member, Program Committee, Library Publishing Coalition, 2021-2022
Organizer and Host, OpenCon Philly, 2019
Chair, Publication Award Task Force, Library Publishing Coalition, 2019
Chair, Research Committee, Library Publishing Coalition, 2018-2019
Invited Participant, “Integrating DH into the Web of Scholarship with SHARE,” NEH workshop, 2018
Textbook Editing Working Group, Open Textbook Network, 2016
Community Representative, Digital Public Library of America, 2014-2016

Grant Reviewing Activities
IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program, 2023
NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants Program, 2021
NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants Program, 2019
Department of Education Open Textbooks Pilot Program, 2018
NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants Program, 2014

Professional Development
CopyrightX, Harvard University, 2018
OpenCon, Berlin, Germany, 2017
Open Textbook Network Summer Institute, University of Minnesota, 2017