Karen Lauritsen

Educator in San Luis Obispo, California

Karen Lauritsen

Educator in San Luis Obispo, California

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I'm director of publishing and collections with the Open Textbook Network at the University of Minnesota. I have more than 15 years of experience working in higher education, including at Stanford University, UCLA, and Cal Poly. I have a MA in Education from UC Berkeley and a for fun degree in improvisation from the Second City.

Programs and partnerships I've led have been featured on Boing Boing, Library as Incubator Project, NOVA Science Cafe and in the book, How to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education in Libraries. In 2014, Library Journal named me a Mover and Shaker. I've been invited to share ideas in talks at the Vancouver Public Libraries, VALA2016 Conference in Melbourne, and TEDxUCLA.