Maira Bundza

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Maira Bundza
ScholarWorks Librarian and Associate Professor of University Libraries
(269) 387-5207
2017 Waldo Library, Mail Stop 5353
Mailing address: 
University Libraries - Waldo Library
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5353 USA
  • M.L.S. Library Science, Western Michigan University, 1984
  • B.A. Psychology, Cornell University, 1976
Teaching interests: 
  • Open educational resources
  • Scholarly communication
Research interests: 
  • Institutional repositories
  • Open education, open educational resources
  • Baltic libraries and archives

After receiving a degree in psychology from Cornell, I moved to Ohio to work in a psychiatric hospital, but ended up opening a small-town bookstore. Then, the Latvian Studies Center in Kalamazoo called with a job. Following my ethnic roots, I worked there for fifteen years and created the largest Latvian library in North America at that time. After Latvia regained its independence, I redistributed the collection and eventually became a faculty member at WMU Libraries.

I have been a reference librarian for many years, teaching students to use library resources. I have trained our reference student workers and contributed to the University Libraries’ web presence. I have been involved with assessment in the library and throughout the university. I was on the International Education Council for nine years, including two years as chairperson, during which time we completed the American Council on Education Internationalization Laboratory for WMU.

Currently, I am in the Research Services Department at the University Libraries. My main responsibilities include managing our institutional repository, ScholarWorks, and developing an Open Education Resources Initiative at WMU. My research interests have included web management, web archiving and institutional repositories with an ongoing interest in Baltic libraries and archives around the world, access to Baltic resources and the preservation of Baltic diaspora archival materials. Out of my work with open educational resources, I am also interested in the broader topic of open education.

For articles and other publications and presentations, please see my professional page at SelectedWorks.