Contact the whole team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Amanda Hurford
Title: Scholarly Communications Director, PALSave Chair
Institution: Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI)
Email: amanda at palni.edu
What do you do in your current position? My job is to develop and support scholarly communications initiatives of the PALNI-supported institutions.
Why are you interested in affordable learning? As a librarian working in the scholarly communications field, I’m becoming more and more familiar with how the publishing landscape is broken in ways that simply don’t make sense. I very much like the idea of empowering educators to teach what and how they want by adapting open textbooks, which are licensed in a way that invites customization…or even to write their own textbook!
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about OER so far? I’ve been very surprised by the community surrounding the open education movement. This is a group of professionals willing to collaborate, share, and support colleagues participating the open environment.
Name: Erin Milanese
Title: Head of Learning Technologies, Affordable Learning Project Coordinator
Institution: Goshen College, Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI)
What do you do in your current position? I help faculty integrate technology into their courses. This includes instructional design for online and hybrid courses and providing technical and instructional support for the LMS, our iPad initiative, and other educational technology tools. For PALNI, I provide project support for the grant-based PALSave program.
Why are you interested in affordable learning? The cost of education continues to rise, but textbooks and course material costs are one cost we can control. And, using open or low-cost materials helps ensure that all our students show up to class the first day prepared.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about OER so far? Over 500 textbooks are currently indexed in the Open Textbook Library catalog!
Name: Caitlin Balgeman
Title: Electronic Resource Management Librarian
Institution: Marian University
Email: cbalgeman at marian.edu
What do you do in your current position? I manage and troubleshoot electronic resources, oversee ILL, and work as a liaison with faculty members.
Why are you interested in affordable learning? As someone who hears from students a lot and was recently a student, I see a definite need for providing quality, low-cost options for faculty and students so that students can succeed without jeopardizing their financial stability.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about OER so far? The sheer amount of options available! Also, the creativity and organization of OERs—it makes perfect sense to have a music appreciation text where you can read a passage on a piece and then immediately click a link to watch a video of a performance. I love that OERs leverage the great teaching of professors around the country and the world and bring it to learners everywhere.
Name: Jennifer Coronado
Title: Scholarly Communication Librarian
Institution: Butler University
Email: jraye at butler.edu
What do you do in your current position? As the Scholarly Communication Librarian, I promote and grow our institutional repository, Digital Commons @ Butler University, assist with copyright issues, and contribute to digital humanities endeavors by the Butler University community. As a member of the PALSave System Leaders, I plan on advocating for OER across the PALNI campuses and support our open textbook adoptions and creations.
Why are you interested in affordable learning? Each year, attending college becomes more and more expensive. Affordable learning is one way libraries and faculty members can help control and lower costs for their students.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about OER so far? Affordable learning is not just using free textbooks. It promotes the use of openly-licensed materials, allows faculty to create their own texts, filling a gap in disciplines, and gives students access to their materials on the first day of their classes, all of which promote learning and open knowledge.
Title:Academic Technologies & Seminaries Librarian
Email:friblka at earlham.edu
What do you do in your current position?I have a blended librarian role: I support Moodle and other instructional technology, and also provide reference/instruction support. Professionally I’m interested in how librarians lead faculty development at their campuses. For 2019-20 I am a SPARC Open Education Leadership Program fellow, meaning I’ll be completing an intensive training program with a cohort of other librarians to further the open education movement.
Why are you interested in affordable learning? In Spring 2019 I co-led a faculty teaching circle about Textbook Affordability, and it was the first time I had spent much time with the issue. I was stunned by how passionate we all became as we learned more.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about OER so far? As I’ve talked about OER on my campus, I’ve enjoyed getting to know which faculty have already been working with OER, introducing others who are brand new to the topic, and learning about their disciplinary needs.
Name: Heather Myers
Title: Public Services Librarian
Institution: Anderson University
Email: hnmyers at anderson.edu
What do you do in your current position? The short version is I’m in charge of circulation (on campus and ILL) and the student workers.
Why are you interested in affordable learning? I’ve been working closely with student workers for most of my time in libraries. A lot of the students I’ve worked with struggle to find the money to cover their college expenses. I believe that finding ways of helping students afford college should be important to everyone in higher ed.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about OER so far? What has amazed me is how quickly the dollar amount saved adds up when an open book is adopted.
Name: Reiley Noe
Title: Reference Librarian / Instructional Technologist
Institution: Hanover College
Email: noe at hanover.edu
What do you do in your current position? My position at Hanover is split into two sets of duties. As a reference librarian, I teach bibliographic instruction classes, work the reference desk and have reference consultations with users and act as the depository library coordinator. My instructional technology duties involve working with faculty to promote the use of Moodle and educational technology on campus, troubleshooting issues that users have with the system, and advocating for the technology needs of the faculty.
Why are you interested in affordable learning? Through OER, faculty and libraries can work together to address the cost of college for students, who are paying a significant amount of money to attend a private institution. Using OER can really make a difference for the cost of attendance for many students who come from modest backgrounds.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about OER so far?I’ve been surprised at how much OER is out there and how many disciplines have OER available. I was also surprised to learn how rapidly this type of educational publishing is growing.