About Us

The Open Textbook Network (OTN) helps higher education institutions and systems advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses.

We maintain the Open Textbook Library, the premiere resource for peer-reviewed academic textbooks. All of our textbooks are free, openly licensed, and complete; their adoption creates a measurable, positive impact on student success.

With our members, we move the open education conversation forward on local and national levels.



Steering Committee

Certificate in OER Librarianship Instructors


David Ernst

David Ernst, Ph.D.

Graduate faculty and Chief Information Officer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. David is the Director of the Center for Open Education and the Executive Director of the Open Textbook Network, which works to improve higher education through the advancement of open textbooks.

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Sarah Faye Cohen

Sarah is a Managing Director of the Open Textbook Network. She earned her MS in Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and is a graduate of Smith College. She is a two-time award winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.


Karen Lauritsen

Karen is a Managing Director with the Open Textbook Network. Previously, Library Journal named her a Mover and Shaker in technology. She received her M.A. in Education from UC Berkeley and a for fun degree in improvisation from the Second City.


Barry Stehlik

Barry makes sure everyone gets where they need to go and keeps the network on track. With so many members and continued growth there is an endless sea of things to do and maintain. Barry handles it all with ease so we can focus our efforts on helping students.

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Jared Erlien

Jared is a Student Admin for the Open Textbook Library. He earned his AS degree in Computer Science at Normandale Community College, and is currently pursuing his BS in Computer Science with a focus in Cyber Security at the University of Minnesota.



Marilyn Billings

Marilyn Billings is the Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a position she has held since 2006. She is the head of the Office of Scholarly Communication and provides oversight of UMass Amherst’s digital repository ScholarWorks. She was a founding member of the Open Textbook Network and has led the campus’ Open Education Initiative since 2011. Marilyn received her BS in Biology and Psychology from Bates College and her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island.

Josh Bolick

Josh Bolick

Josh is the Scholarly Communication Librarian in the University of Kansas’ Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, where he leads the OER Working Group to advance open education at KU. He previously worked on open access and other scholarly communication issues at Florida State University Libraries. He received his undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy/Religion at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and his MLIS at Florida State University.

Meg Brown-Sica

Meg Brown-Sica

Meg is the Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Previously she served at the University of Colorado Denver as the Associate Library Director for Technology and Special Collections. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Spanish Literature at Franklin and Marshall College and her MLIS from the University of South Florida.

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Emily Frank

Emily Frank is the Coordinator of Scholarship and Open Access for Louisiana State University Libraries. She leads the library’s affordable course materials projects, including an e-textbook initiative focused on aligning licensed e-books with courses and the OER program. She coordinates local projects under the Affordable Learning LOUISiana initiative spearheaded by LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, the state library consortium, and collaborates with librarians statewide to extend the scope of this initiative. She received her MLIS from the University of Kentucky and an International Master’s in Digital Library Learning from universities in Norway, Estonia, and Italy through a program funded by the European Union.

John Hilton III

John Hilton III

John Hilton III has been researching topics related to Open Educational Resources since 2008. He received his Masters degree from Harvard University and his PhD from Brigham Young University, both in Education. He currently is an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University. He is the author of over thirty peer-reviewed articles and has published in several journals including Educational Researcher, Journal of Computing in Higher Education, and the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning.

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Jonathan Lashley

Jonathan serves as the Senior Instructional Technologist at Boise State University and as an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group. He is finishing his Ph.D. in Learning Sciences at Clemson University, where he researched and led university-wide OER initiatives as the Director of Texts and Technologies for Clemson Online. Jonathan has taught students and faculty across the United States about topics in multimodal composition, educational technology, and open education, and he is co-editing an open access handbook for academic librarians about OER support.

Merinda McLure

Merinda McLure

Merinda serves as one of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Leads in the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, where she is also the Health & Human Sciences Librarian and an Associate Professor. She was a 2016-2017 OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group’s fellowship program. Previously, she served as the Open Educational Resources (OER) Librarian and Health and Human Sciences Librarian at Colorado State University. She joined the Open Textbook Network in 2015, after participating in the Network’s inaugural summer institute and organizing a successful Open Textbook Network visit for the Colorado State University community. Merinda received her MLIS in 2002 from The University of British Columbia.

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Michelle Reed

Writer-turned-librarian, Michelle serves as the Open Education Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington. She leads OER initiatives and advocates for the creation of experiential learning opportunities that foster collaboration and empower students as content creators. As an OER Research Fellow, she investigates the impact of open educational practices on student learning and engagement. She earned an M.S. in information science from the University of Tennessee.

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Jasmine Roberts

Jasmine Roberts is a strategic communication lecturer in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. She teaches public relations writing and campaign courses. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and Spanish at the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Jasmine worked as a marketing/public relations professional for non profit and entertainment industries. Jasmine is the author of “Writing of Strategic Communication industries,” an openly-licensed textbook and writing guide for those interested in the strategic communication field. She is also a 2017 – 2018 research fellow with the Open Education Group.

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Esperanza Zenon

Dr.  Esperanza Zenon is an Associate Professor of Physical Science at River Parishes Community College (RPCC).  She is the current Division Coordinator for Math and Natural Sciences, the Chair of the Center for Teaching Excellence Committee, and she is a member of the Online Course Review Committee. She is very passionate about equity for girls in STEM, and serves as the Louisiana Team Leader for the LaSTEM Girls Collaborative Project and the LASTEM Equity Pipeline Project, two NSF-funded projects that work to promote positive equity outcomes for girls in STEM and Tech careers.  She also serves as the Director of the BASF TECH Academy @ RPCC, a program which provides high school seniors the opportunity to get exposure to technical degree programs at RPCC and industries that use those degrees. Dr. Zenon is also very involved with several OER projects, including the Open Textbook Network, the Open Education Consortium, and the OER grant project at RPCC. Dr. Zenon has a Master of Arts degree in Physics from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D in Science/Mathematics Education from Southern University.

Steering Committee


Bob Butterfield

Bob Butterfield is the Director of Instructional Resources and Assistant Library Director for the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He is responsible for the direction of the campuses print textbook rental program, the digital textbook program and the campus Open Educational Resources program. UW-Stout has a long history of providing affordable course materials. Bob has become a vocal advocate for course material affordability and is excited about offering his enthusiasm to assist OTN’s members. He is probably one of the few people in the world that enjoys long conversations about textbooks and textbook affordability.

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Cheryl Cuillier

Cheryl Cuillier is the Open Education Librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson. She coordinates campus OER initiatives and collaborates with a wide range of university partners. She has spoken about OER and other ways of reducing the cost of course materials at a number of national and regional conferences. An active member of the Open Textbook Network since 2015, she currently serves on the Open Textbook Network Steering Committee. She is also a Faculty Senator and involved in library faculty governance.


Teri Gallaway

Teri Oaks Gallaway joined LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network in 2015 after ten years as library faculty at Loyola University New Orleans where she held positions as the Associate Director of Research and Technology for the Honors Program, and the Systems and Web Coordinator. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Bowling Green State University in Ohio as well as a Master of Science in Information from University of Michigan. At LOUIS she is the Interim Executive Director as well as the project lead for the Affordable Learning LOUISiana initiative. Her research explores the opportunities and outcomes of open educational resource (OER) programs and their institutional impacts.


Tanya Grosz

Tanya Grosz, Ph.D., is the Dean of Graduate, Online, and Adult Learning at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, where she oversees all non-traditional learning. She began the open textbook movement at Northwestern and continues to oversee it. She teaches literature online and lives in St. Paul with her husband, two daughters, and schnauzer. Tanya is also a presenter with the Open Textbook Network.

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Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson, PhD, is the Director for Faculty and Instructional Development for the seven universities and 30 two-year colleges in the Minnesota State system.  Kim directs and oversees statewide faculty development, including activities to support adoption and integration of open educational resources and practices.  A teacher, teacher educator, and educational developer for nearly 30 years, she holds a BA in English from the State University of New York at Brockport, as well as an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota.

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Amanda Larson

Amanda Larson is the Open Education Librarian at the Penn State University Libraries in Pennsylvania, where she coordinates affordable content initiatives across the campuses and provides guidance on copyright, creative commons licensing, and project management. She also serves as a liaison for faculty to other University units creating OER. She holds dual Bachelor degrees in English and History, a Master of Arts in Literature, and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at UW-Madison, she worked with faculty creating open textbooks using Pressbooks. Her professional interests include open education, privacy and student data, and incorporating open pedagogy into information-literacy instruction sessions.

Certificate in OER Librarianship Instructors

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Will Cross

Will Cross is the Director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center in the NCSU Libraries where he guides legal policy and practice and leads digital scholarship and publishing initiatives. Trained as a lawyer and librarian, Will speaks and writes on the intersection of legal issues, innovative library practice, and open culture. He teaches with the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow and in the UNC SILS and serves as co-PI on two IMLS planning grants focused on developing open educational resources (OER) for teaching scholarly communication and on the development of an “Open Textbook Toolkit” that leverages library publishing services to support open pedagogy.

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Cheryl Cuillier

Cheryl Cuillier is the Open Education Librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson. She coordinates campus OER initiatives and collaborates with a wide range of university partners. She has spoken about OER and other ways of reducing the cost of course materials at a number of national and regional conferences. An active member of the Open Textbook Network since 2015, she currently serves on the Open Textbook Network Steering Committee. She is also a Faculty Senator and involved in library faculty governance.

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Mandi Goodsett

Mandi Goodsett is the Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian at Cleveland State University. She earned her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. Mandi’s professional interests include open education, critical thinking and library instruction, and distance learning. In keeping with her interest in promoting open education, Mandi also serves as an OhioLINK Affordable Learning Ambassador for Ohio. To learn more about Mandi, you can visit her website at www.mandigoodsett.com.

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Olivia Reinauer

Olivia Reinauer holds a Master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as an academic librarian since 2005, and currently serves as a Reference Librarian and Interim Library Coordinator at the Chesapeake, VA Campus of Tidewater Community College. At TCC, Olivia leads the library’s OER Team, whose members teach an online OER training course for faculty, and support faculty in locating and adopting open educational resources for use in the classroom. In 2016, Virginia’s library consortium (VIVA) partnered with the Open Textbook Network. Olivia was appointed as one of the state’s VIVA-OTN “System Leaders.” In this role, she consults with VIVA on the OTN partnership and provides support to OTN-trained librarians across the state.

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David Rose

David Rose is an instructional designer at American University’s Washington College of Law and an OER Research Fellow for the Open Education Group. After 5 years designing free, open, online courses at the Saylor Academy, he joined AU in 2017 to run Open American, American University’s OER grant program out of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning. Now at the Law School, David teaches the Faculty Online Training Course and consults with instructors about online and open pedagogy. David has a Master’s degree in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University. Visit DavidBRose.com for more information.