Devin Soper

Research Interests


2012 | MLIS. Library and Information Studies, University of British Columbia

2010 | M.A. English / Cultural, Social, and Political Thought, University of Victoria

2007 | B.A. Honors English, Queen’s University


2018 - Present | Director, Office of Digital Research & Scholarship, Florida State University

2015 - 2018 | Scholarly Communications Librarian, Florida State University

2014-2015 | Managing Librarian, Chapman Learning Commons, University of British Columbia

2014 | Intellectual Property & Copyright Services Librarian, University of British Columbia

2013 | Faculty Course Associate, Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office, University of British Columbia

2012 | Faculty Course Support GA, Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office, University of British Columbia

2011 | Student Librarian, Information Services, Memorial University of Newfoundland

2010-2011 | Circulation & Shelving Assistant, University of British Columbia Law Library

2010-2011 | Research Assistant, Digital Information Interaction Group, University of British Columbia

2010 | Library Practicum Student, Digital Initiatives, University of British Columbia

Research & Scholarship


Conference poster presentation | Librarians as OER advocates and leaders. Co-presented with Talea Anderson, Christopher Barnes, Will Cross, Stephanie Quail, Michelle Reed, and Elaine Thornton. Association of College and Research Libraries 2019, Cleveland, OH. Digital poster

Conference presentation | Know your copyrights: News from the front. Co-presented with Rory Grennan. Tampa Bay Library Consortium Annual Conference, Plant City, FL. Slides

Conference presentation | The library’s role in research information management systems. Co-presented with Mike Conlon, Anne Rauh, and Jan Fransen. National Forum on Expert Finder Systems, Orlando, FL. My slides

Invited lecture | Scholarly communication issues in research data management. Guest lecture for LIBR 559S, Research Data Management for Information Professionals, UBC School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies. My slides

Invited lecture | The ethics of open access. Guest lecture for IFS2041, Information Ethics, FSU School of Information. My slides

Invited lecture | Protecting your designs, inventions, and writing: An intellectual property primer. Guest lecture for Responsible Conduct of Research course, FSU Graduate School. My slides

Webinar | Creating a professional social identity. Co-presented with Denise Wetzel. Panhandle Library Access Network. Webinar recording and slides

Report | FSU Faculty Senate Open Access Policy: Three-year report, 2016-2018. Co-authored with Rachel Smart and Laura Miller. Full report


Article | Changing the default to support open access to education research. Co-authored with Alysia Roehrig, Bradley Cox, & Gloria Colvin. Article published in Educational Researcher 47(7).

Conference presentation | Can I use this? A framework for making copyright determinations in 21st-century libraries. Leading Edge Libraries Conference, Orlando, FL. My slides

Presentation | From OER to open pedagogy: An introduction to teaching and learning in the open. Invited presentation at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s 2018 Provost’s Digital Learning Initiative. My slides

Presentation | Finding ancillary materials to support open textbook adoption. Invited presentation at TCC Online’s OER Summer Institute. My slides

Symposium | Florida State University Open Education Symposium. Led planning team for one-day symposium on OER and open pedagogy, featuring a keynote presentation by Dr. David Wiley, CAO of Lumen Learning. Secured funding, venue, and speakers; created event program and website; promoted event to faculty, staff, and students at FSU, local higher education institutions, and the broader OER community. Symposium website, recordings, and OSF instance with outputs and planning materials.

Book chapter | Expediting OER on campus: A multifaceted approach. Co-authored with Lindsey Wharton & Jeff Phillips. Published in The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment, edited by Kirsti Jensen and Shane Nackerud.

Panel presentation | FSU Libraries Digital Publishing Colloquium. Co-presented with Cheryl Ball, Renaine Julian, Ann Rowson Love, Sarah Everly, and Roxann Mouratidis. Colloquium website and my slides

Research study | Assessing faculty and student readiness for textbook affordability initiatives at FSU. Working with Dr. Marcia Mardis (co-PI) and two Undergraduate Research Opportunity students, conducted literature review, developed survey instruments (4) and semi-structured interview script, and obtained IRB approval. Data collection and analysis ongoing. OSF project instance

Research study | Assessing the publishing needs of faculty editors. Working with Matt Hunter and Liz Dunne, conducted literature review, developed survey instrument, and obtained IRB approval. Data collection and analysis ongoing.


Fellowship | SPARC Open Education Leadership Program. Selected for pilot cohort of 14 fellows from SPARC member libraries. Published several blog posts on open education for postsecondary instructors:

Conference presentation | Doubling down: Bootstrapping an OER program through faculty- and student-focused initiatives. Co-presented with Lindsey Wharton & Jeff Phillips at the 14th Annual Open Education Conference, Anaheim, CA. Slides available here.

Webinar | Islandora Scholar and the landscape of open source options. Co-presented with Bryan Brown. Webinar information and slides.

Book review | Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Communication: Implementation. Review published in Technical Services Quarterly 35(1). (open access version)

Article | On passing an open access policy at Florida State University: From outreach to implementation. Scholarly Communication Column in September 2017 issue of College & Research Libraries News.

Article | De-centering and recentering digital scholarship: A manifesto. Co-authored with Carolyn Moritz, Rachel Smart, Aaron Retteen, Matthew Hunter, Sarah Stanley, & Micah Vandegrift. Journal of New Librarianship 2(2)

Discussion series | FSU Libraries Scholarly Communication Cafes, Fall 2017.

Training series | Know Your Copyrights! Planned and delivered with Rory Grennan, Aaron Retteen, & Mackenzie Lightfoot. Copyright workshop series for local library staff, based on materials from Kyle K. Courtney’s Copyright Workshops at Tulane University.

Conference presentation | Islandora as a data repository. Presentation at Islandoracon, the bi-annual meeting of the Islandora Foundation, Hamilton, ON, May 17.

Workshop series | Alternative Textbook Grants Y1 instructor workshops. Two workshops attended by the winners of FSU Libraries’ Alternative Textbook Grants program:

Conference panel presentation | Data as intellectual property. Co-presented with Melanie Kowalski & Dave Feardon at the Research Data Access & Preservation Summit, Seattle, WA.

Blog post | #TextbookBroke FSU. On a student-focused outreach event to raise awareness about OER and gather feedback on textbook affordability concerns. Includes results from a survey of 350 FSU students.

Symposium presentation | Be visible or vanish: Promoting your research using social media. Co-presented with Kyung Kim at the Florida State University Libraries’ Social Media and Research Symposium, Tallahassee, FL.

Resource | Federal Open Policies Operation (FOP-Op). Collaborative project of FSU Librarians and interns with documents, slides, and other materials for constructing an outreach program about federal public access mandates.

Unconference presentation | Campus open access policies: Development, adoption, and implementation. Presentation at the bi-annual Association of Southeastern Research Libraries Scholarly Communication Unconference, Atlanta, GA.


Blog post | Open access policies: Protecting authors’ rights. Co-authored with Paolo Mangiafico & Kevin Smith. Response to Ilya Kapovich’s letter in Science, published on In the Open.

Webinar panelist | SPARC webcast on public access policy compliance. Co-presented with Micah Vandegrift and Renaine Julian. Webinar information and slides.

Workshop series | Open Access Week @ Florida State University. Workshop series repeated annually to celebrate International Open Access Week.

Discussion series | FSU Libraries Scholarly Communication Cafes, Fall 2016.

Resource | Public COAPI toolkit of open access policy resources. Developed with Vika Zafrin, Anali Perry, Ruth Lewis et al. Toolkit for developing, promoting, and implementing an institutional Open Access Policy, featuring resources contributed by Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) members.

Presentation | What is an institutional repository? Invited presentation at the Florida Virtual Campus Islandora Institutional Repository Camp, Gainesville, FL.

Conference presentation | What should a data repository do? Co-presented with Bryan Brown at the Mississippi State University Scholarly Communications Summit, Starkville, MS.

Policy document | Florida State University Public Access to Research Publications Policy. Co-authored with Diana Key & Renaine Julian. Policy text available here.

Roundtable discussion | Methods for evaluating and communicating the impact of institutional repositories. Led discussion at the bi-annual Florida Scholarly Communications Interest Group Unconference, Orlando, FL. Notes available here.

Conference presentation | Migrating to an open source institutional repository. Co-presented with Bryan Brown at the annual University of Southern Mississippi Institutional Repository Conference, Hattiesburg, MS.

Website | Open Access @ FSU. Website to house information and resources about the FSU Faculty Senate Open Access Policy, including an FAQ, submission form, waiver generator, support contacts, and implementation plan.

Invited lecture | Copyright and fair use in documentary film. Guest lecture for undergraduate film seminar. Offered again in 2017. Slides and lesson plan.

Presentation | Florida State University Faculty Senate Open Access Policy. Co-presented with Alysia Roehrig & Gary Burnett. Presentation to FSU Faculty Senate on February 17, 2016, directly prior to unanimous vote to adopt a Harvard-Model Open Access Policy.

Institute | Florida State University Institute on Copyright in Higher Education. Led planning team for one-day, grant-funded copyright institute featuring Kyle K. Courtney, Copyright Advisory at Harvard University. Secured funding, venue, and speakers; created event program and website; promoted event to regional libraries. Total attendance of 437 (in-person and remote). Institute website and recording.


Panel presentation | Book publishing across the disciplines. Co-presented with Melissa Gross, Thomas Joiner, & David Kirby. Invited panel presentation for Florida State University Office of Proposal Development, Tallahassee, FL. Recording available here

Blog post | How does open access relate to subscription journal pricing?. Retrieved from

Discussion series | FSU Libraries Scholarly Communication Cafes, Fall 2015.


Panel presentation | Open access goes mainstream: Supporting the Tri-Council Harmonized Open Access Policy. Co-presented with Leigh Anne Swayne, Valerie Irvine, Leah Vanderjagt, and Christina Winter. Invited panel presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Library Association, Victoria, BC.

Conference presentation | Supporting MOOC development at UBC: The copyright and licensing landscape. Presentation at the annual ABC Copyright Conference, Victoria, BC.


Article | The Copyright Modernization Act: A guide for post-secondary instructors. Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 4(1).


Article | Green libraries on the cheap. Co-authored with Sarah Fallik and Kaitlyn Sparks. Pacific Northwest Library Association Quarterly, 77(1).

Current Service

Chair, Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) Steering Committee (2018- )

Member, Library Publishing Coalition Professional Development Committee (2018- )

Member, Florida State University System Board of Governors OER/eText Coordinating Committee (2017- )

Member, Florida Virtual Campus Textbook Affordability and OER Standing Committee (2017- )

Co-Chair, Florida State University Open Access Advisory Board (2016- )

Founding member, Florida Islandora Institutional Repository Transformation (FLIIRT) Project (2016- )

Chair, Florida State University Libraries Copyright Committee (2015- )


Service Appointments Fulfilled

Vice-Chair, COAPI Steering Committee (2017-2018)

Steering Committee Member, Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) (2016-2017)

Member, Glasstree Academic Advisory Board (2017)

Islandora Release Teams:

Chair, Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) Toolkit Working Group (2016-2017)

Co-Chair, Florida State University Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Task Force (2015-2016)

Co-Chair, University of British Columbia Library Copyright Advisory Group (2014)

Co-Chair, University of British Columbia Library Copyright Working Group (2013-14)

Chair, University of British Columbia Library Open UBC Planning Committee (2013-14)