PALSave Kickoff Webinar

Andrea Cohn and Amanda Hurford, System Leaders and PALSave Admin Team members, recently hosted a kickoff webinar for the PALSave initiative on October 9, 2018.  Covered in this webinar:


  • Getting started with PALSave
  • Affordable learning talking points
  • Developing campus partnerships and building awareness
  • Conducting student surveys and interviews
  • Preparing for PALSave System Leaders to deliver a workshop on your campus
  • Getting ready for the in-person campus leader Open Textbook Network (OTN) workshop on November 5.
  • Audience questions

Recording with transcript here

Slides here

Registration for 11/5 PALSave workshop with Open Textbook Network


Registration is now open for the in-person PALSave workshop with expert representatives from the Open Textbook Network. It will be held Monday, November 5, 9 am-4 pm, at Indiana Wesleyan University North.

System Leaders Attend the Open Textbook Network Summer Institute & Summit

This July, in Chaska, Minnesota, six Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) System Leaders spent a week at the Open Textbook Network (OTN) Summer Institute and Summit.

The conference provided PALNI’s official introduction to the Open Textbook Network, which PALNI joined this summer.

The System Leaders closely explored OTN’s method of introducing the Open Textbook Library to educators via workshops, the faculty perspective, and the process of building and sustaining program momentum. They also examined the obstacles, both perceived and actual, to adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education. OERs are openly licensed educational materials like textbooks customizable by faculty, and available free to students.

The PALSave System Leaders are:

Andrea Cohn, Coordinator, Teaching and Learning Services for University of Saint Francis
Amanda Hurford
, Scholarly Communications Director for PALNI
Erin Milanese, Head of Learning Technologies for Goshen College
Heather Myers, Public Services Librarian for Anderson University
Jennifer Raye, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Butler University
Dr. Tim Ziebarth, Executive Dean, The School of Professional and Online Education for Grace College and Seminary

PALNI’s OTN membership and attendance at the Summer Institute and Summit are instrumental in the new PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning program, a collaboration of PALNI’s Scholarly Communication and Instructional Technology initiatives. System Leaders will facilitate this program along with others on the PALSave Administration Team at PALNI. The PALSave initiative will provide a resources and framework for open educational resource awareness, education, and engagement, based on the OTN model.

The PALSave Team will be in touch soon to form teams of ambassadors to foster OER on PALNI-supported campuses. Later this Fall, OTN staff will be facilitating an Open Textbook Workshop for these campus leaders. The PALSave Admin Team, in concert with campus ambassadors like librarians and instructional designers, will support faculty adoptions of affordable learning materials across the PALNI institutions.

For more information about PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning and to get in touch, please email or get in touch with one of our team members. Meet the system leaders and the whole team here:

PALNI Joins the Open Textbook Network

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) recently joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN) in order to further its initiatives for affordable education and student success across the state. OTN maintains the Open Textbook Library, and is well known for helping organizations to advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses. They’ve had great success with their initiative: OTN members have saved their students over 8.5 million dollars!

To kick things off, PALNI’s selected system leaders will attend the OTN Summer Institute this July for a week of intensive training. They’ll be trained to bring expertise, mentorship, and best practices back to PALNI, and specifically learn how to facilitate workshops to engage faculty. Through this model, system and campus leaders alike will encourage the adoption of open and affordable resources in the classroom, and in doing so maximize student success.

PALNI’s Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force, as a result of their exploratory efforts, recommended membership in OTN as the first step in PALNI’s program strategy in this area. The program, recently christened PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning, includes many elements with which other consortia have experienced success, such as outreach, project facilitation, and assessment.

As part of PALNI, supported institutions will enjoy affiliate status in OTN, have access to a trained team to educate faculty on benefits of Open Educational Resources (OER), and help redesigning courses via the PALSave team, at no additional cost. Additionally, OTN staff will be coming to Indiana this fall to facilitate an Open Textbook Workshop (date to be announced).

For more information about PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning or PALNI’s membership in OTN, contact PALNI Scholarly Communications Director Amanda Hurford (

Seeking PALSave System Leaders!

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) seeks applicants for four System Leaders for its PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning program.   The PALSave team will work across PALNI in support of open and affordable learning.

The System Leaders will:

  • Attend the Open Textbook Network Summer Institute (OTNSI) July 23-27, 2018 in Minnesota to gain open education strategies under OTN’s Train-the-Trainer model.  Registration, travel, and accommodations are provided
  • Act as PALNI’s ambassadors to the Open Textbook Network (OTN) community of practice
  • Serve on the administration team for PALSave.  As a team:
    • Work with the PALNI Scholarly Communications Director to design and implement programming to collaborate with librarians, instructional designers, and faculty in support of open access textbook adoptions and use of library content in the classroom  
    • Develop and train campus leaders across PALNI
    • Partner with campus leaders to facilitate and support faculty-focused workshops throughout Indiana
    • Implement elements of the program plan identified by the PALNI Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force.
    • Advocate for open and affordable education
    • Have opportunities for additional training and/or conference attendance to advance affordable learning across PALNI institutions

The selected System Leaders must:

  • Have support from their home institution for the time commitment to serve
  • Be able to travel to an out-of-state intensive Open Textbook Network Summer Institute (OTNSI) from July 23-27, 2018.  
  • Make travel arrangements to attend the OTNSI the week of June 4, 2018 and submit receipts for reimbursement
  • Be able to travel within the state about three times per semester in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
  • Have strong organization and communication skills
  • Have a keen interest in open education

Preferred candidates will have experience, knowledge, and interest in one or more of the following:

  • Open access and open education
  • Faculty outreach
  • Curriculum design
  • Library instruction
  • Creative Commons licensing

Total time commitment will be in the range of ten hours per month. Funds for travel will be provided.

For consideration, please submit a brief personal statement that describes why you are interested in the PALSave System Leader opportunity, along with a current curriculum vitae by May 30 to Amanda Hurford, PALNI Scholarly Communications Director at

Librarians, instructional designers, faculty, and others with a direct connection to affordable education at a PALNI-supported institution are invited to apply.   Notification of those selected will be made by June 1, 2018.

For more information, including other opportunities to get involved in PALSave, should be directed to: Amanda Hurford, PALNI Scholarly Communications Director at