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About Karen Bjork

I manage the Digital Initiatives and the Cataloging & eAccess Units. I am also the project lead for open access textbook publishing initiative, PDXOpen.

Prior to joining Portland State, she was the Digital Initiatives Librarian at North Dakota State University. In this position she led the initiative in developing, implementing and promoting NDSU’s institutional repository and digital collections. She has also worked as a Government Records Archivist at the Montana Historical Society where she participated in the formation of the Montana Memory Project (, a statewide digital library initiative.


Present Head of Digital Initiatives, Scholarly Publishing, and Resource Services, Portland State University University Library

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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 IR All-Star, bepress
  • 2019 OER Champion, Open Oregon Educational Resources

Library Publishing (4)

Open Educational Resources (OER) (17)

Institutional Repository Management (7)