Welcome Karna Younger

karna headshotIn May 2023, Karna Younger (she/her) joined the William H. Hannon Library’s Open Educational Resources (OER) for Social Justice grant project. As the OER librarian and project coordinator, Karna partners with librarians and faculty at Loyola Marymount University, St. Mary’s College, the University of San Francisco, and Santa Clara University to create inclusive and openly licensed learning resources that are free of cost to students.

Karna’s work in OER started at the University of Kansas. There, Karna co-authored an OER, “Be Credible,” for a high-enrollment undergraduate journalism course focused on research skills. The project sparked her professional shift to partnering with instructors in intentionally developing and implementing OER with their students. Karna particularly loves how OER empowers student-creators to develop inclusive learning environments that are better representative of their lived experiences, communities, and professional and educational goals.

Karna holds an M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a M.A. in history from George Mason University, and a B.A. from the University of Denver. As the library’s first fully remote employee, Karna lives in Nebraska and enjoys being mistaken for a professional dog walker with Locka and Alma, her black rescue dogs (pictured below).

two black dogs on a walk on a path