Karen Lauritsen

Educator in San Luis Obispo, California

Karen Lauritsen

Educator in San Luis Obispo, California

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I have a strong record of creatively and collaboratively designing programs in higher education that leverage organizational strengths and enjoy stakeholder support.

Currently, I’m managing director with the Open Textbook Network at the Center for Open Education at the University of Minnesota. I build vision and strategy to support open education across a diverse network of higher education institutions and for the common good.

Previously, programs 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.

I have a MA in Education from UC Berkeley and a for fun degree in improvisation from the Second City. Library Journal named me a Mover and Shaker in technology. I've shared ideas in keynote talks at Vancouver Public Libraries, VALA2016 Conference in Melbourne, and TEDxUCLA.

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  • #communityengagment
  • #improvisation
  • #libraries
  • #openeducation