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.


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.

Sarah Faye Cohen

Sarah Faye Cohen

Formerly the Associate University Librarian at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Sarah joined the Open Textbook Network to foster libraries’ strategic role in advancing access, discovery, and engagement with open textbooks. Sarah is a Managing Director of the Open Textbook Network and 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.



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.

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.

Rajiv Jhangiani

Rajiv Jhangiani

Psychology Faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada, Rajiv is an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group, the Associate Editor of NOBA Psychology OER, and a former Faculty Fellow with the BC Open Textbook Project. Rajiv has co-authored two open textbooks and is involved in course development for the OERu.

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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 is the Health & Human Sciences Librarian and an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. 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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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.


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.

Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

Ashley is Program Manager for Affordability and Access with Ohio State’s Office of Distance Education and eLearning. Ashley heads up the Affordable Learning Exchange for ODEE and partners across the university to award grants to faculty who wish to move away from conventional textbooks in favor of low-cost and Open Educational Resources. She also facilitates Book Launch, a digital publishing initiative that works with faculty, staff and students across campus in cohorts to create interactive, mobile-ready texts for use in teaching, learning and research. She is passionate about transforming classroom learning experiences with technology and helping to make higher education more affordable for students at Ohio State and beyond.

Glenda A. Thornton

Glenda A. Thornton

Glenda has served as the Director of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University since 1998. She has recently been active in bringing greater awareness of open educational resources to colleagues throughout Ohio via her work on the Library Advisory Council for OhioLINK. She received her doctorate from the University of North Texas and her MLS from the University of Oklahoma.


Anita Walz

Anita is the Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian at Virginia Tech. She holds a Masters in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wheaton College (IL). She has served as a librarian in Government, Special, and Academic Libraries since 2002.