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Emily Petty Puckett Rodgers
My area of interest and expertise includes participatory design and research and working with librarians, staff, students and faculty to imagine and create physical spaces that serve our needs, reflect our workflows, and inspire our work and creativity.
I received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas in 2005. While there, I specialized in cultural anthropology and minored in history, gender studies, and art. From 2000-2008, I worked in various positions at the Fayetteville Public Library. In 2010, I received my MSI from the University of Michigan's School of Information where I specialized in community informatics and library and information services. After graduation, I worked for an open education initiative based in the U-M Medical School, where I coordinated training on copyright, open licenses, digital education strategies, and participatory education strategies.
In my spare time I work with A2Geeks, an area nonprofit dedicated to making Ann Arbor a great place for creative and innovative people to live and work by opening the tech culture to everyone. I also occassionally consult for ISKME, an open education nonprofit, and I coordinate Library Journal's New Landmark Libraries series.
I enjoy reading fiction from the Ann Arbor District Library (and our browsing collection) and camping along the Pere Marquette river in warmer months.
I am the Library's Space Design and Assessment Librarian. In this role I collaborate with library administration, librarians, and staff across all library units to develop, inform or coordinate major initiatives associated with designing adaptive learning and research library spaces to enable collaboration, facilitate innovative forms of research and learning, and effectively integrate technology in a residential campus setting. My efforts focus on informing holistic space and programmatic designs that make significant improvements to and demonstrate the value of the library to the campus and the broader academic community.