Emily Puckett Rodgers
Emily Puckett Rodgers leads the U-M Library Environments department as a Space Design and Assessment Librarian. Her team of librarians and staff strives to improve the in-person library experience by making U-M buildings more functional, welcoming and accessible. Their work applies to public, staff and programmed (service) spaces. They do this work by applying their skills and expertise in data collection and analysis, user and participatory research methods, service and space design and process and workflow analysis.
In her role she collaborates with library administration, librarians and staff across all library units to develop, inform or coordinate major initiatives associated with designing adaptive learning and research library spaces.
In 2013, she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker Innovator for her work as the Open Education Coordinator at Open Michigan. Open Michigan is an initiative that enables faculty, students and others to find, use and create openly licensed content and provides a space for them to share educational content with the global learning community. Incubated in U-M’s Medical School, Open Michigan now encompasses the other health sciences schools, the School of Information and MLibrary and has become a full-blown U-M effort that collaborates with universities worldwide on open educational resources.
Emily has a BA (2005) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and an MSI (2010) from the University of Michigan School of Information. In 2014, UMSI presented her with the Entrepreneurial and Innovation award.