As Visiting Assistant Librarian and Open Scholarship Resident, Willa works with staff of the Scholarly Communication Department and the IU Press to advocate for and assess the impact of policies and practices that make research, educational materials, and data, openly accessible.
Willa’s current research interests are investigating the underlying theoretical basis for open scholarship, and critical information literacy. Before joining IU, Willa worked as a student specialist at the University of Iowa conducting bibliographic analysis of open access funded research and assisting with administration of the institutional repository.
Willa Liburd Tavernier earned her MLIS from the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa together with a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching. She also holds a Master of Laws from American University Washington College of Law, a Legal Education Certificate from Norman Manley Law School and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill.