Q&A with OER all-star Andrea Bearman

Andrea Bearman is an all-star when it comes to open educational resources (OER). As Director of Instructional Design and Development for Trine University’s online campus, Bearman plays an essential role in faculty and course development. Only two years into her position, she has built an outstanding 12 open textbooks (and counting!) for Trine faculty through the PALNI […]

PALSave Textbook Creation Grant program releases first open textbook, “The Bible and Music”

What do works like Handel’s “Messiah” and Bach’s “Passions” have in common with contemporary songs like Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” or Kendrick Lamar’s “How Much a Dollar Cost?” Like much of the world’s favorite music, these songs draw inspiration from biblical stories, and a new, free and open textbook published by the Private Academic Library Network […]

PALNI and PALCI continue to remove barriers to Hyku adoption with IMLS grant

Midway through funding period, project organizers have completed UX research and major system upgrade, with the Consortial Institutional Repository Toolkit in production The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) and The Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration & Innovation (PALCI) are midway through a 2-year, $248,050 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services […]

Q&A with Fr. Harry Hagan: A perspective on open textbook creation

Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB, SSD, is Associate Professor of Scripture at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. As a faculty member at a PALNI supported institution, Fr. Harry has produced three open textbooks that are free and available to scholars worldwide through the PALNI Pressbooks publishing platform. Here, he shares his experience in teaching […]

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College faculty participate in PALSave affordable education initiative

Today’s college students are facing ever-increasing financial expenses with traditional textbook prices contributing to the pressure. To combat rising textbook costs and their detrimental effects on student success and retention, the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) launched an initiative: PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a PALNI supported institution, has begun participating […]

Call For Proposals: PALSave Textbook Creation Grants

We are thrilled to announce the latest call for proposals for the PALSave Textbook Creation Grants Program, which will fund the creation of seven open textbooks in the 2023-2025 cohort. Faculty members from PALNI-supported institutions are invited to submit textbook creation proposals for courses they teach. Textbooks may cover any discipline at the undergraduate or postgraduate level. We […]

Indiana educators awarded PALSave grants for open textbook creation

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) has awarded PALSave Textbook Creation Grants to faculty authors from three of its supported institutions. The grants will allow these educators to develop open textbooks that are freely available online, making them part of a statewide effort to reduce the cost of course materials for college students. […]

PALNI recognizes 10 faculty members with Open Educator Award

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) has named 10 faculty members as recipients of the PALSave Open Educator Award for the 2021-22 academic year. The award recognizes innovation and excellence in support of higher education, textbook affordability and student success.  As part of the PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning Program, these individuals have been […]

PALNI Awarded Additional Funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. to Support PALSave Affordable Learning Program

Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) a $275,000 grant to support PALSave, the consortium’s affordable learning initiative.  PALSave combats the rising costs of textbooks by advancing the use of open educational resources (OER). The project supports student success and retention by providing collaborative tools and a framework […]

PALSave 20/21 Year in Review

The Lilly-funded PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning grant program recently wrapped up its second complete academic year. The infographic below (PDF here) illustrates the progress made in 2020-2021, showing performance indicators for savings, student success, and more. Congrats to Marian, Butler, and Earlham for making the top-three savings leaderboard! We also introduced a new leaderboard this year: […]

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