Brian Bergen-Aurand

Brian Bergen-Aurand is the Director of the Center for Instructional Technology and Online Learning and a Lecturer in the Digital Media Studies Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He has taught comparative literature, screen studies, and disability studies at various universities around the world for more than thirty years. In his current position, Brian focuses on issues of flexibility, equity, accessibility, privacy, and safety in digital teaching and learning and information sciences. He has traveled extensively and worked with institutions of higher learning and library organizations in Singapore, Berlin, Chicago, and Istanbul. He completed a PhD in comparative literature with a specialty in film and ethics at the University of Maryland College Park, a Master's Degree in literature at Salisbury University, and a Bachelor's Degree in English and history at Purdue University. He has written and edited more than 100 articles and three books in these fields. Brian has worked as a library liaison in Europe, West Asia, South East Asia, and across North America, including most recently in Seattle, Washington. In this capacity, his focus has been on collection development, circulation expansion, and mentoring projects—especially reading, math, and chess programs. While most often concentrating on expanding access to films and other audio-visual resources, he has also seen the library as an open and necessary part of the larger campus or neighborhood community. This concern for the vitality of libraries has led him to examine even further how such institutions serve their disabled communities to their fullest extent. Returning to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2020, Brian has begun working on digital accessibility with regard to library resources on his campus and hopes to continue to emphasize equity and outreach development as a Trustee of the Wicomico County Libraries.