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    Our Team

    Virginia Tech Publishing (VTP) is part of the Publishing and Digital Scholarship department of the University Libraries. The team (listed below) works closely with our colleagues in other departments of the Library, primarily the Open Education Initiative (listed below). In addition, our Library Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from across the Library, ensures that VTP remains connected to the wider activities of the Library and the university as a whole.

    Corinne Guimont, Associate Director, Publishing & Digital Scholarship

    gcorinne@vt.edu
    540-231-4041

    Corinne joined the publishing team in April 2017 and has been overseeing Virginia Tech Publishing since June 2023. With a background in Information Science, Digital Humanities, and commercial e-textbook publishing, Corinne enjoys working with faculty and students to create digital publications utilizing a variety of tools and platforms. 

    Iliana Cosme-Brooks, Open Publishing Coordinator

    ilianacb@vt.edu

    Iliana Cosme-Brooks (she/her) joined Virginia Tech Publishing in 2024. Her work is thoroughly interdisciplinary, with an academic background in Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities and open publishing experience across a range of formats and humanities fields. In her work producing open access books at VTP, she is most excited about collaborating with authors to create dynamic and accessible texts that redefine what scholarship can be. 

    Joe Forte, Digital Humanities Specialist and Manager of the Athenaeum

    joeforte@vt.edu
    540-231-2677

    Joe brings a wealth of media production experience and a background in the interdisciplinary humanities to Virginia Tech Publishing. He is especially interested in alternative modes of publication as they are transforming scholarly communication and instruction. He supports faculty and students who wish to develop media projects as components of their pedagogy, scholarship, or community engagement. Joe also manages the Athenaeum, a suite of rooms in Virginia Tech’s Newman Library dedicated to teaching and research in the Digital Humanities.

    Kindred Grey, Graphic Design and Digital Publishing Specialist

    kindred@vt.edu
    804-339-8055

    Kindred Grey joined University Libraries after receiving her B.S. in Statistics and Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2020. Her main focus is publishing open textbooks that are visually appealing, accessible, student oriented, and technologically advanced. She works one-on-one with students and professors to provide project coordination and editorial assistance. Kindred’s contributions have resulted in texts that are accessible to a wider range of readers and visually sophisticated in hopes that the conceptual information in these books is more clear and useful for students.

    Jason Higgins, Digital Scholarship Coordinator

    jasonhiggins@vt.edu

    Dr. Jason A. Higgins is a Digital Scholarship Coordinator with Virginia Tech Publishing, and affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. In his roles with VTP, he serves as an editor and facilitates inquiries, questions, or communication between journal editors and Ubiquity. He is also the faculty advisor for Virginia Tech Undergraduate Historical Journal. He earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2021 and a master’s in English from Oklahoma State University in 2016. He most recently co-edited Service Denied: Marginalized Veterans in Modern American History (UMass Press 2022).

    Mariam Ismail, Digital Projects Coordinator

    mariamyi@vt.edu

    Mariam (she/her) joined Virginia Tech Publishing in 2024 as a Digital Scholarship Coordinator. With an interdisciplinary background encompassing journalism, audiovisual creation, graphic design, advocacy, and communication, Mariam is dedicated to integrating diverse mediums and modalities to foster innovative scholarship across campus. Her work also involves supporting and empowering students and faculty to enhance their abilities and confidence in the creative process. Mariam is deeply committed to driving positive social change and community engagement, leveraging new technologies to promote accessibility and amplify impact.

    Hollis Wittman, Metadata Consultant for the Humanities

    hollis.wittman@vt.edu

    Hollis Wittman (she/her) joined Virginia Tech Publishing in 2024 as the Metadata Consultant for the Humanities. Her work centers equity and accessibility within the world of data publication and outreach, with an emphasis on open linked data platforms like Wikidata and Wikibase. She works with projects spanning the humanities, but has a particular focus on electronic concert music, supported by her interest in contemporary music history.

    Open Education Initiative Partners

    Anita Walz, Assistant Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian

    arwalz@vt.edu
    540-231-2204

    Anita joined the University Libraries in 2013. As the Assistant Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, she is tasked with leading the university community in exploring, finding, creating, adapting, and publicly sharing open educational resources (OER). She manages the Open Education Initiative Faculty Grant program, provides guidance on author rights, intellectual property, open licensing, and rights reversion, and coaches faculty and student author teams. She has served as managing editor of multiple open textbooks and other OER published by Virginia Tech Publishing.