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.

Our Team

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 the 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.

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Karen Lauritsen

Karen is Director of Publishing and Collections for 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

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.

Our Presenters

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.

Merinda McLure

Merinda McLure

Merinda is currently Open Educational Resources (OER) Librarian, Health and Human Sciences Librarian, and an Associate Professor in the Colorado State University Libraries. 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.

Our Steering Committee

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.

Carmen Orth-Alfie

Carmen Orth-Alfie

Carmen is an Engagement Specialist for Business and Graduate Student Services and serves as the Kansas Regional Coordinator for the Federal Depository Library Program at the University of Kansas (KU) Libraries. Working with government information and depository library collections introduced Carmen to the concept of OER long before UNESCO coined the term “Open Educational Resources” in 2002. As a government information specialist she raises awareness of government produced public domain educational materials and is excited to be part of the OER movement in higher education. Carmen is a member of the KU Libraries OER Working Group, which strives to increase the adoption, adaption and creation of OER, including open textbooks.

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

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.