Author Archives: Anita Walz

About Anita Walz

I am the Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian and Associate Professor at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. I work with students, staff, faculty, and administrators and on a national level to inspire faculty to choose, adapt, and create learning resources which are more accessible to students. I am also the library's liaison for Economics and Legal Studies. My work experience includes over 15 years in international, government, and academic libraries. My research interests include: economics of higher education, library involvement in open educational resource initiatives, library publishing, and effective teaching practices for college-age and adult learners.

Announcing New Open Textbook: Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students by Renee LeClair

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Virginia Tech Publishing are pleased to announce publication of a new open textbook by Renée LeClair, Ph.D., titled, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students. Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical … Continue reading

Posted in Accessibility, Open Education Initaitive at Virginia Tech, Open Educational Resources, Open Textbooks, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Virginia Tech Publishing | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Announcing New Open Textbook: Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students by Renee LeClair

Announcing: Storytelling on Screen – An Online Playback Theatre Archive and Guidebook

Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts and Virginia Tech Publishing are happy to announce publication of Storytelling on Screen: An Online Playback Theatre Archive and Guidebook.  Storytelling on Screen: An Online Playback Theatre Archive and Guidebook is an open education … Continue reading

Posted in Open Educational Resources, Open Textbooks, University Libraries at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Publishing | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Announcing Open Textbook: Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech in collaboration with Dr. James F. Marchman, III, Emeritus Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Virginia Tech are pleased to announce publication of open textbook, Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance, 3rd edition.  Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance, … Continue reading

Posted in Open Educational Resources, Open Licensing, Open Textbooks, University Libraries at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Announcing Open Textbook: Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance

Announcing open textbook “Introduction to Biosystems Engineering”

– Contributed by Ann Brown In February 2021, The University Libraries’ Virginia Tech Publishing and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) published “Introduction to Biosystems Engineering” an open textbook for university-level introductory courses in biosystems engineering. Written by an international … Continue reading

Posted in ASABE, Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Open Licensing, Open Textbooks, University Libraries at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Publishing | Comments Off on Announcing open textbook “Introduction to Biosystems Engineering”

Announcing open textbook Fundamentals of Business, third edition

Virginia Tech Publishing and the Pamplin College of Business are pleased to announce the publication of Fundamentals of Business, third edition. This peer-reviewed open textbook is free to read and download online. Print editions are also available via print-on-demand. Fundamentals of … Continue reading

Posted in Open Access, Open Books, Open Educational Resources, Open Textbooks, Pamplin College of Business, University Libraries at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Publishing | Comments Off on Announcing open textbook Fundamentals of Business, third edition

Announcing open textbook Strategic Management

Blog written by Anita Walz, with Sarah Mease. Strategic Management (2020) is a 343-page open textbook designed to introduce key topics and themes of strategic management to undergraduate students in a senior capstone course. The book is published by Virginia … Continue reading

Posted in Open Educational Resources, Open Licensing, Open Textbooks, Virginia Tech Publishing | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Announcing: Electromagnetics, Volume 2 by Ellingson

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech is pleased to announce publication of Electromagnetics, volume 2 from the Steven W. Ellingson and the Open Electromagnetics Project at Virginia Tech. Electromagnetics, volume 2 by Steven W. Ellingson is a 216-page peer-reviewed open … Continue reading

Posted in Accessibility, Open Educational Resources, Open Licensing, Open Textbooks, Virginia Tech Publishing | Comments Off on Announcing: Electromagnetics, Volume 2 by Ellingson

Recapping the 2018 & 2019 Open Education Symposiums at Virginia Tech

OER are More than Just $Free Open Educational Resources (OER) are expert-authored and freely-shared learning materials available in various formats. They are not just textbooks and they enable much more than resources which are “low” or zero cost. OER are … Continue reading

Posted in Open Educational Resources | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Recapping the 2018 & 2019 Open Education Symposiums at Virginia Tech

Announcing: Electromagnetics, Volume 1 by Ellingson

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech is pleased to announce publication of Electromagnetics, Volume 1 by Steven W. Ellingson. Electromagnetics, Volume 1 is a 225-page peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbook intended for use in a one-semester, first course in undergraduate engineering … Continue reading

Posted in Accessibility, Open Educational Resources, Open Licensing, Open Textbooks, Virginia Tech Publishing | Comments Off on Announcing: Electromagnetics, Volume 1 by Ellingson

Electromagnetics Volume 1 (Beta): Virginia Tech’s Newest Open Textbook

VT Publishing and the University Libraries of Virginia Tech are pleased to announce publication of a second, new open textbook: Electromagnetics Volume 1 (Beta). (You can read about the first open textbook in an earlier blog post.) The textbook is … Continue reading

Posted in Open Educational Resources, Open Licensing, Open Textbooks, University Libraries at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Publishing | Comments Off on Electromagnetics Volume 1 (Beta): Virginia Tech’s Newest Open Textbook