Karen Lauritsen

Educator in San Luis Obispo, California

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I enjoy partnering with creative collaborators to make and share something new. Currently, I'm the director of publishing and collections with the Open Textbook Network at the University of Minnesota.

This year I shared a keynote at VALA2016 about how principles of improvisation can inform creative program development. I also spoke at Vancouver Public Libraries as part of their strategic planning, and a few years ago I gave a talk at TEDxUCLA about moving forward during times of uncertainty.

In 2014, Library Journal named me a Mover and Shaker with the moniker Improviser in Chief. Programs and collaborative 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.

I have more than 15 years of experience working in higher education, including at Stanford University, UCLA, and Cal Poly. I have a Master's in Education from UC Berkeley and a for fun degree in improvisation from the Conservatory Program at Second City. I love to improvise in my everyday life. I also love to write, garden and swim.