Get Involved in Affordable Learning PA!

This year, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) received its second grant to establish a robust community of practice around the emerging interest in open textbooks at the higher education institutions in Pennsylvania and the region. This project is administered by PALCI and coordinated by a Steering Committee including representatives from Temple University, Penn State University, Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, the Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania, and PALCI staff.

The long-term goal of the project is to support a robust OER community among our campuses for the active creation and use of open textbooks and related educational resources. Affordable Learning PA is a grant-funded project made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

Ways to get involved...
Attend the First OER Summit on August 9th in State College.
We hope you will be able to join us for a day of presentations, discussions, networking and sharing about Open Education activities across the state. Details about the call for proposals and registration are available at:
Campus Partners
Are you an open education expert on your campus? Maybe you're interested in this emerging practice of affordable education and understand the importance for your campus/community. If so, learn how you can be an ambassador as a Campus Partner, in the Affordable Learning PA project.
Already familiar with the Campus Partner role? Volunteer here and join us in building expertise to lead OER initiatives today! Staff at current Open Textbook Network (OTN) Member institutions should feel welcome to apply too.
Mailing List 
Stay in touch with project announcements and updates.  Join our mailing list today!
Meet our OER Specialists
The Steering Committee is pleased to announce our Open Educational Resources Specialists. These volunteer leaders will attend the Open Textbook Network Summer Institute and Summit in Minneapolis, with all travel costs covered by grant funds. The goal upon return, is to help their institutions understand the importance of open textbooks, and to institute OER initiatives on their campuses.
The 2019 - 2021 OER Specialists are:
  • Kate Cummings, Luzerne County Community College, (
  • Lauren Irvin, Point Park University, (
  • Bryan McGeary, Dickinson College, (
  • Sara Parme, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, (

The 2018 - 2020 OER Specialists are: 
  • Melody Diehl Detar, Duquesne University, (

  • Jill Hallam-Miller, Bucknell University, (

  • Bill Hemmig, Bucks County Community College, (

  • Daniel Stafford, Kutztown University, (

It's a great time to get involved in this important affordability initiative. We look forward to working with you and building our region’s open textbook community. Contact PALCI Staff ( with questions or comments. 

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This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.