Nikki Andersen is the Open Education Content Librarian at the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ). In this role, she supports open educational practices, including the development of open textbooks using the open publishing platform, Pressbooks. She has previous experience as a Copyright Officer, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and is the editor of the Australasian Open Educational Practice Digest. Nikki is also a part of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) Open Educational Resources Professional Development Program Project Team, and the ASCILITE Open Educational Practice Special Interest Group.
She identifies as disabled and Deaf and speaks nationally about issues relating to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. Her advocacy for diversity and inclusion has been featured in The Australian, the Australian Government’s EmployAbility initiative, and in several library and information studies courses across Australian universities. She has received several awards including UniSQ’s Head of School Award for Excellence in Education for her work on creating accessible and inclusive digital learning environments for blind and visually-impaired students; and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion.
She is interested in the relationship between open educational practice, social justice and student success.
Statement of Positionality
I, Nikki Andersen, the author of this work, am a cisgender white disabled woman from Australia. I have not experienced the types of bias that affect those from marginalised backgrounds related to race, cultural background and sexual orientation. I have tried to keep this guide simple and to link out to external resources whenever applicable, however, there may be cases where my writing betrays my lack of experience with these topics.
If there is any part of this book you find to be one-sided or dismissive of any aspect of your identity, please get in touch with me at Nikki.Andersen@usq.edu.au. I welcome any comments or feedback that might improve my work and help inform my own understanding of this topic. Thank you.