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Anita R Walz

Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian

  • College Librarian for Economics


M.S. in Library and Information Science: August 2002
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

B.A. in Economics, Minor in Philosophy, International Development Studies Certificate: December 1996
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Selected professional work experience

U.S. Department of Education, contractor – CSC, Washington DC

Publisher Liaison, Content Development Team, ERIC Digital Library January 2008-August 2013

The Washington Middle School for Girls, Anacostia, Washington, DC

Library Media Specialist & Teaching Faculty December 2006-August 2007

The World Bank Group, Washington, DC

Research Librarian, Sectoral and IT Resource Center June 2003-November 2006

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, contractor - ASRC Aerospace, Washington DC

UNEP-Infoterra Internet/Reference Librarian November 2002-May 2003

Jones Day Reavis and Pogue, Washington, DC

Interim Online Law Librarian Fall 2002

Office of Strategic Business Initiatives, University of Illinois

Embedded Librarian/Information Consultant – Center for Int’l Business Edu & Research Jan-May 2002

Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL

Graduate Library Research Intern June-August 2001

Economics Research Associates, Chicago, IL

Research Associate February 1998-February 2000

Associate February 2000-June 2001

Selected publications

Johnson, Anita and Shahyar Niakan (July 2005) “Simplifying Research: Tools and Techniques” News You Can Use. ISG-World Bank.

Johnson, Anita (April 2006) “Free Resources (for Librarians) in Low to Middle Income Countries” IMFWorld Bank Library Network.

Johnson, Anita (April 2006) “Resources for Librarians & Information Professionals in Developing Countries” IMF-World Bank Library Network.

Honors/ Professional memberships/ Offices held

Virginia Tech Digital Libraries Research Laboratory

Visiting scholar: Spring 2013

Virginia Library Association

Member, 2013-present

Special Libraries Association

International Relations Committee, Washington DC chapter

Co-Chair: August 2005-January 2007

  • Developed, planned, and moderated international panel discussion on Open Access; 40 attendees
  • Initiated, organized, and directed committee board meetings and problem solving discussions

Association for Information Science and Technology

Potomac Valley Chapter

Secretary: September 2003-August 2005

  • Developed website for international auction fundraiser
  • Organized and marketed ASIST-PVC educational and networking programs

Special Libraries Association Student Group

University of Illisnois, Urbana-Champaign

President: September 2001-August 2002

  • Cooperatively implemented over 19 events, including three field trips and two dinners
  • Initiated partnerships, financed, and marketed virtual job fair and career workshops

SLA Awards

Received by the SLA Student Group: 2001-2002, Special Libraries Association, Student Academic Relations Committee

  • 2nd place: Innovative programming
  • 4th place: Creative use of electronic technology
  • 5th place: Outstanding leadership
    Anita Walz

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    Blacksburg, VA 24061