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First Annual Affordable Learning PA OER Summit

PALCI staff, along with the steering committee of the Affordable Learning PA project and Penn State University, hosted the first Open Educational Resources (OER) Summit earlier this month. The theme of the event was "Building Community," and more than 100 attended from across the state and beyond. The Summit allowed librarians, faculty, and others to collaborate on building a network dedicated to making higher education more accessible and affordable.

The day featured keynote presentations by Amy Hofer, Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services for Oregon and Anne Osterman, Director of VIVA, as well as concurrent sessions, posters, and lightning talks by PA OER practitioners.

The agenda, session descriptions, attendees, as well as slides from presentations, along with other helpful documents and templates related to the project can be found at:

Keynote Speakers

Amy Hofer, Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services, is the OER librarian for Oregon's colleges and universities; visit the Open Oregon Educational Resources website at to learn more. Amy is a coauthor of the book "Transforming Information Literacy Instruction: Threshold Concepts in Theory and Practice." By night she is a fiddler and square dance caller.



Anne C. Osterman is Director of VIVA, the consortium of the 72 nonprofit college and university libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has a Master’s in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Statistics from American University. In addition to various chapter and article publications she is co-author of the book Electronic Resource Management: Practical Perspectives in a New Technical Services Model.




The ALPa community will continue to make progress throughout the year on the topics and work initiated at the summit. If you are interested in learning more about the ALPA project or in becoming involved, please visit