Get Involved in Affordable Learning PA!

This year, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) received a 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.
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There are 3 ways you can get involved:

1) Apply to Become an OER Specialist!
To build this community, the Steering Committee seeks to create our initial group of OER (Open Educational Resources) Specialists. These volunteer leaders will attend the Open Textbook Network Summer Institute and Summit (July 23 - 27, 2018 in Minneapolis, with all travel costs covered by grant funds) and will in turn help other institutions understand the importance of open textbooks and institute OER initiatives on their campuses. 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. Staff at current OTN Member institutions should feel welcome to apply, too.

Download the detailed description for the OER Specialist here. Please complete the brief OER Specialist Application Form HERE by Monday, June 4th.  The 4 OER Specialists selected by the Steering Committee will be notified on June 8th. Please note - the application requires commitment from your institution’s administration to support the time commitment needed to serve as an OER Specialist.


2) Designate Your Campus Partner

The Steering Committee also requests all colleges and universities interested in participating in the Affordable Learning PA community, please complete the Campus Partner Form HERE to designate your institution’s primary contact person, “Campus Partner,” for this project.  The description of the “Campus Partner” role is described here.


3) Join our Affordable Learning PA Community Mailing List 

Stay in touch by joining the ALPa Mailing List to receive project announcements and updates.  



Additionally, PALCI is hiring a part-time Special Projects Coordinator, to support this project and other PALCI activities as described in the position description here

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.

It's a great time to get involved in this important higher ed affordability initiative taking off throughout the country!  We look forward to working with you to build Pennsylvania’s and our region’s open textbook community. 


Best regards,

The ALPa Steering Committee Members

  • Steven Bell, Temple University
  • Joseph Salem, Penn State University
  • Charlotte Droll, Bloomsburg University
  • Barbara Zaborowski, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
  • Alice Lubrecht, State Library of Pennsylvania
  • Cathy Wilt & Jill Morris, PALCI