I am an information professional with an interdisciplinary academic background, primarily interested in the open future of academic research. I also have an undying love for the academic study of contemporary popular (sub)culture.
Some brief details:
- My CV is here
- I will serve as a Fulbright-Schuman Research Fellow, conducting research on open research polices and infrastructure in Maastrict - The Netherlands, the birthplace of the European Union, and at the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen, Denmark in the winter of 2018-2019.
- After working at Florida State for 7 years, also my alma mater thrice over, I am so excited to be investing in a new phase of my career as the Open Knowledge Librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries.
Other things I’ve gotten myself involved in:
- Member of the inaugural THATCamp Council
- Served on the Coordinating Committee of COAPI - the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (2013-2015)
- Served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication
- Served on the Advisory Board for the Library and Information Sciences Scholarship Archive (LISSA)
As the Open Knowledge Librarian at NCSU Libraries, Micah develops strategic approaches to open research practices, policies, and programs. He is the lead Principal Investigator for Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces (Immersive Scholar) funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is a 2018-2019 Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Fellow studying open science policy and infrastructure in The Netherlands and Denmark.
Micah Vandegrift is North Carolina State University Libraries first Open Knowledge Librarian. A team member in the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, he is tasked with developing strategic approaches to open research practices, policies, and programs at the Library and on campus. He is the lead Principal Investigator for Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces (Immersive Scholar) a $414,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop extensible models and programs for the creation and sharing of digital scholarship in large-scale and immersive visualization environments. The Immersive Scholar project aims to increase the impact of academic visualization environments and the scholarship created within them.
Micah joined NCSU Libraries in May 2018 after working in scholarly communications and digital scholarship at Florida State University (FSU) for 7 years. During his time at Florida State University Libraries, Micah coordinated the development and passage of a campus-wide open access policy and the launch of an open publications repository, participated in the establishment of a digital humanities research center and project development incubator, and collaborated with several psychology researchers on a National Institutes of Health grant proposal to build a data repository for learning disability research, which was awarded funding after Micah left FSU.
As a Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Fellow, Micah is researching the overlap between open science policy and technical infrastructure at three levels; the European Union, nationally in The Netherlands and Denmark, and in the daily work of librarians in those countries. His project, titled “Open Scholarship Policies and Technologies: The European Research Library as a Model for Advancing Global Scholarly Communication,” will be carried out at Maastricht University and the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen. Micah will explore how information policy responds to cultural shifts, why libraries are at the center of this sea change, and how the global library community can develop models to push toward a more socially-just research ecosystem. This project allows Micah to align his research interests in open infrastructure for digital scholarship and the library as a central hub for future-oriented research activity.
Micah lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina with a wife and two young children. They enjoy hiking and camping, exploring nature and culture, watching soccer, and traveling. Micah is an amatuer backyard BBQ pitmaster, a former punk/hardcore musician, and a soccer player. He is the reigning Mr. Tattooed Tallahassee, and competed in the 2005 World Beard and Mustache Championships.