Micah Vandegrift is a librarian with more than a decade of experience developing strategic and practical approaches to open science on university campuses. He has a distinct knowledge of library positioning in the evolving research environment, especially in the areas of open science, digital scholarship, and open publishing. His portfolio includes: consulting with campus-based open access journals on improving discovery, institutional repository development, experimental publishing with new and emerging media, and an advanced knowledge of intellectual property.
Micah researched the overlap between open science policies and technical infrastructure in Europe as a Fulbright-Schuman Research Fellow in 2018-2019. His project, titled “Open Scholarship Policies and Technologies: The European Research Library as a Model for Advancing Global Scholarly Communication,” was carried out at Maastricht University in The Netherlands and at the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen. This research has led to a deeper interest in sustainable open infrastructure and scientific community management.
Micah is confident and passionate about centering researchers and their needs in the evolution of scholarly communication, examining and preempting research policy changes at local and national levels, and exploring new modes of research communication and their impact. He approaches challenges methodically and creatively, and borrows liberally from software development approaches to project development.