Patricia Erwin-Ploog

Granite State College
Faculty Participant-ATI

I have served as a faculty member at GSC since the early 1990s, and received the College's 2001 Faculty Teaching Award, I has developed curriculum, served on a number of College committees, and was GSC's first librarian. In 2010 I made the move to teaching more for GSC and embarked on reinvigorating library services. In my work as the College Librarian my goal is to provide a student-focused library experience.

I have held faculty librarian positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and Brandeis University. More recently I was at Dartmouth College, leading a number of federally-funded projects including an NEH project to catalog and preserve all the newspapers ever published in New Hampshire, and developing a digital library of cyber-security research for the Department of Homeland Security. My publications have been in the areas of preservation and grey literature. Directing projects allowed me to remain in academia and gainfully employed, while addressing my desire for challenge, change, and innovation.

I also did a stint in private industry, serving as Hypertherm's first Director of Organizational Learning & Knowledge Management I was able to develop several innovative projects that linked organizational learning and information management directly to process improvement.

Teaching for me is a service profession. As a teacher I am always aware of the responsibility and role I play in helping students attain their educational goals. A natural extension of this is an appreciation for the role opened educational resources can play in not only making higher education more affordable, as a global movement to support educational opportunities throughout the world. I am presently in my second year as an ISKME Fellow, developing OERs for the OER Commons.