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Carrie Gits: Vita


Austin Community College Highland Campus Library  • 6101 Highland Campus Dr. Austin, TX 78752

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI

Master of Library & Information Science

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI

Master of Arts: Foreign Language & Literature-Spanish

Augustana College Rock Island, IL 

Bachelor of Arts: Spanish & Sociology/Anthropology  



Head Librarian Austin Community College, Austin, TX 2011-Present  

Rio Grand Campus Library 2011 - 2020

Highland Campus Library 2014 - Present

Manage and supervise Library Services faculty and staff. Responsible for the management of budget, facility, and resources of the Highland campus library. Coordinate Reference Desk services at the Highland campus including staff, scheduling, and services. Provide reference service as needed. Provide information literacy instruction. Serve as a member of the Library Leadership Team. Serve as the Library Services OER Team Leader. Serve as the Textbook Facilitator. Serve on college wide committees. Coordinated and led RGC Library moveout and closure for renovation. Participated in redesign of new RGC library.

Assistant Director of Reference Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL 2005-2011

Managed ten professional librarians and one student employee. Recruited, hired, trained and evaluated reference staff. Coordinated department activities including scheduling, training and outreach. Assessed reference services available to the NSU community. Provided library instruction to undergraduate and graduate students. Led staff development initiatives for NSU Libraries. Participated in outreach efforts to students and faculty. Implemented and promoted innovative user-focused library services. Provided reference assistance face-to-face, via telephone and online. Chaired several cross-departmental library committees

Librarian Assistant Professor University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 2001-2004

Served as the academic liaison to the School of Communication and Latin American Studies. Managed nine collection development funds. Developed and delivered training for staff on new technologies. Provided reference assistance face-to-face, via telephone and online. Provided library instruction to students and faculty. Coordinated library’s participation in consortium virtual reference project.

Resident Librarian & Visiting Instructor University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL 1999 - 2001

Provided reference assistance face-to-face, via telephone and online to students, faculty and staff. Provided library instruction to undergraduate and graduate students.



Adjunct Instructor University of Miami, Division of Continuing Studies, Coral Gables, FL 2002

  • Team taught two sections of ENG 333 Writing Research Papers
  • Instructed students in research methods, online searching and critical thinking




Gits, C.  L., (2008). Second-in-command: Creating leadership and management opportunities through organizational structures.  Florida Libraries, 51(1), 14-16.

Book Chapters

Gits, C.  L., (2009). Setting yourself apart; the five practices at work. In S. Byke & D. Lowe-Wincensten (Eds.), A leadership primer for new librarians: Tools for helping today’s early-career librarians become tomorrow’s library leaders (99-101)Oxford: Chandos Publishing.

Book Reviews

Gits, C. L., (2008).  [Review of the book Out front with Stephen Abram: A guide for information leaders]. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 13(2/3), 281-282.

Gits, C. L., (2006). [Review of the book Virtual reference training: The complete guide to providing anytime anywhere answers].  Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 11(1), 114-115.

Leslie, C. S., (2005). [Review of the book Chat reference: A guide to live virtual reference services].  Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 10(1), 116-118.

Leslie, C., (2000). [Review of the book People's pharmacy: Guide to home and herbal remedies].  E-Streams, 3(2).

Leslie, C., (2000). [Review of the book Idea of time]. E-Streams, 3(5).



"Open Educational Resources: What, How, Where @ ACC." Co-Presented with Ursula Pike. ACC New Faculty On Boarding. Austin Community College. Presentation. August 20, 2019.

"Growing Open Educational Resources Across Austin Community College’s Multi-Campus District."  Co-Presented with Ursula Pike. Open Education Texas: Policy, Practice &  Potential. Presentation. Austin, Texas. August 8, 2019.

"Creating Equitable Classrooms Using OER." Co-Facilitated with Jack O'Grady. Summer Software Day Austin Community College. Workshop. July 26, 2019.

"Z-Degrees at Austin Community College: A story of implementation, evolution, and expansion." Open Education Southern Symposium (OESS). University of Arkansas Libraries. Webinar. March 7, 2019. Slides available.

"Getting Started with OER - OER at ACC." Co-Presented with Ursula Pike. Texas Digital Libraries. Webinar. March 5, 2019

"Community College Libraries & Librarians: Our Roles in OER and Open Education." TCCTA, Houston. Presentation. March 2, 2019

"Open Educational Resources for the Integrated Reading & Writing Curriculum." TCCTA, Houston. Presentation. March 1, 2019

"Opportunities for Engagement with OER." Co-Presented with Ursula Pike. ACC Spring Development Day. Presentation. January, 18, 2019

"Faculty Experiences Adopting, Adapting, Creating, and Teaching with Open Educational ResourcesPanel Questions." ACC Distance Learning Symposium. Moderated & Facilitated Panel. November 9, 2018

"OER The Condensed Re-Mix." Fall 2018 All LS. Presentation. August 23, 2018.

"Through the Valley of the Shadow of Creative Commons: Converting a Composition II Class to OER (Faculty & Librarian Collaboraton." Co-presented with Tina Buck. OpenEd, Anaheim, California, October 11, 2017

"What's My Role? OER and the Academic Library." Co-panelist with Nicole Allen and Kelly Visnak.Texas Library Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 22, 2017

"Is it a tool or an experience?" Co-panelist with Kathryn Peery and Steven Clegg. Texas Library Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 20, 2017

"OER Degrees Emerge in Maryland & Texas." Co- Presented with Dr. Gaye Lynn Scott. Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) OpenEd Week Webinar. Online, March 29, 2017

"Our Makerspace Without A Space: How We Pop Up @ ACC" Co- Presented with Marc Petrick. TLA Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, April 20, 2016

“To Catch a Texas Thief: Are You Easy Pickings Or Safe & Secure” Co-presented with Julie Todaro. TLA Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 11, 2014

“What’s That in Your Pocket? Going Mobile with Library Services” IRRT Pre-Conference, ALA Annual, Washington DC, June 25, 2010

 “Going Mobile with Library Services” Co- presented with Rich Ackerman SEFLIN New Technologies: Libraries & Beyond Conference, Miami, July 30, 2009

 “E-Librarian Evolution: Practical Approaches to Learning Web 2.0” 38th Annual ACURIL Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica, June 4, 2008.

 “Creating Your Own Learning 2.0 Based Program: The Fundamentals” 38th Annual ACURIL Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica, June 4, 2008.

“Personal Reflections on Leadership” Presentation to SEFLIN Sun Seekers Leadership Institute Participants, SEFLIN/FAU, April 2, 2008

“School Library 2.0: An Introduction” Presentation to the South Florida Independent  School Librarians. University School of Nova Southeastern, February 1, 2008

“Taking Over the Reins:  How Will NextGen Librarians Learn to Lead Academic Libraries?” Roundtable Discussion, ACRL 13th National Conference, March 31, 2007

“Training is Everything:  Orienting New Hires using WebCT” Poster Session, CLENERT Training Showcase.  ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 25, 2006

 “Chat Reference Service: QuestionPoint” SEFLIN Workshop, Live Chat: A Reference Tool? Best Practices and Behavior.  Nova Southeastern University, Alvin Sherman Library, Research & Information Technology Center, November 14, 2004

“Research Basics in a Digital World”University of Miami Instructional Advancement Center (IAC) Faculty Lunch-N-Learn, Richter Library March 9, 2004             

“Internet Plagiarism” University of Miami Faculty Summer Technocamp, Richter Library July 29, 2003

 “E-Resources” University of Miami Faculty Summer Technocamp, Richter Library July 29, 2003


Austin Community College – Library Services

  • Member, Library Leadership Team
  • Facilitator, Open Educational Resources
  • Team Leader, Student Support Center Textbook Collection Team

Austin Community College

  • Member, OER Work Group


Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

  • OER Feasibility Study Stakeholder Group / Meeting - May 2018
  • Negotiated Rule Making Committee on OER Grant Program - November 2017 - January 2018

Texas Library Association (TLA), Member, 2011 - Present

  • Member, Professional Ethics & Issues Committee (PIE), 2016 - 2019
  • Local Arrangements Committee - Meeting Rooms Assistance Co-Chair for TXLA 2015 in Austin, 2014-2015
  • Tall Texan Leadership Development Institute Participant, July 2015

Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC), Member of the Mobile Technologies TaskForce Advisory Panel, November - December 2012

American Library Association (ALA), Member, 1997-Present

  • Member,  Council Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE), 2011-2012
  • Intern, Human Resource Development &  Recruitment Advisory Committee, 2007-2009
  • Representative for HRDR, ALA Scholarship & Study Grants Committee, 2008-2009

 ALA Reference & User Services Association (RUSA), Member, 2000-Present

  • Member, RUSA MARS/RSS Annual Preconference Planning Committee, 2010-2011
  • Member, RUSA-RSS CRSC, 2008-2010
  • Member, RUSA Committee on Library Services to the Spanish Speaking, 2000-2003

ALA Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), Member, 2000-Present

  • Member, CJCLS OER Task Force, 2017 - present
  • Member, ACRL Intellectual Freedom Committee, 2010-2012
  • Member, ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award (Nominations) Committee, 2005-2007

ALA Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), Member, 2010- Present

ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT), Member, 2009-Present

ALA Library Administration & Management (LAMA), Member, 2006-2010

ALA Learning Round Table (LearnRT), Member, 2005-Present

ALA Library Instruction Roundtable, Member, 2003-2008


SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow, 2018-2019

Tall Texans Leadership Development Institute, July 2015

Nova Southeastern University Technology Fair 1st Place Winner, October 15, 2010

SEFLIN Collaboration Award Recipient, February 27, 2009

SEFLIN International Conference Travel Grant Recipient, April 25, 2008

SEFLIN Collaboration Award Recipient, November 16, 2007

Nova Southeastern University Technology Fair 3rd Place Winner, September 28, 2007

SEFLIN Collaboration Award Recipient, November 17, 2006

SEFLIN Leadership Institute (Sun Seekers), Participant March-October 2006

University of Miami Instructional Advancement Grant Recipient April 22, 2003

American Library Association Feria Internacional Del Libro (FIL) Free Pass Recipient, November 2002


2019      SPARC Open Education Leadership Certificate 

2010     Certification in Synchronous Facilitation InSync Training, East Lyme, CT

2006     Southeast Florida Library Information Network Sun Seekers Leadership Institute 


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