PUBLISHING COMMUNITIES

Connecting members who want to publish open textbooks

The Open Education Network provides its members with education, support and resources to expand open textbook publishing in higher education. Our community also creates and shares resources that anyone can use to advance their OER publishing goals.

COMMUNITIES

Pub101 is an informal orientation to open textbook publishing for OEN members who support faculty authors. It’s an opportunity to learn best practices from colleagues who have worked on open textbook publishing projects.

Members who complete Pub101 are invited to join the Publishing Cooperative, a community that wants to continue to learn more about publishing open textbooks. Co-op members can also choose to publish with Scribe and access their editorial and design services.

Together with the Rebus Community we host Office Hours, a monthly virtual conversation where the open education community is welcome to discuss topics in open textbook writing and publishing. View previous sessions on YouTube.

PUB101 COMMITTEE

The Pub101 Committee was formed in 2021 to ensure a community-driven Pub101 experience. 

Amanda Larson

Pub101 Co-Chair
The Ohio State University

Amanda is the Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant at The Ohio State University where she creates professional development opportunities for staff, librarians, and instructors around open pedagogy and open educational practices. Previously, she was the Open Education Librarian for University Libraries at Penn State University where she coordinated affordable content initiatives across all Penn State campuses.

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Carla Myers

Pub101 Co-Chair
Miami University

Carla serves as the Coordinator of Scholarly Communications for the Miami University Libraries. Her professional presentations and publications focus on US copyright law and affordable learning initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Akron and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Kent State University.

Heather Caprette

Cleveland State University

Heather is a Senior Media Developer/Instructional Designer in the Center for eLearning at Cleveland State University. She works with faculty to build high quality online courses and helps with Textbook Affordability Grant projects. She designs and teaches professional development courses on accessible online design, Pressbooks and open pedagogy. Heather holds a Master of Fine Arts in Design.

Amanda Hurford

PALNI

Amanda is the Scholarly Communications Director for the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI). In this role, she develops and supports consortial scholarly communications initiatives. She directs the PALSave affordable learning program and PALNI Press publishing program. Amanda holds a Master of Library Science with a specialization in Library Technology Management.

Billy Meinke-Lau

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Billy is an OER Technologist with the Outreach College at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He excels in collaborative environments and has connected with educators, researchers, and developers on projects and initiatives relating to open access, open science, open data, and open education. He holds a Master of Education and has working knowledge of policies and practices related to open educational resources (OER), open copyright licensing, and communities of open.

Jasmine Roberts-Crews

The Ohio State University

Jasmine is a lecturer in the School of Communication at the Ohio State University, where she teaches public relations writing, digital activism and campaign strategy. Professor Roberts-Crews’ advocacy work centers on the experiences of people of color, women, and queer communities. Along with her communication expertise, Roberts-Crews is also a renowned open education leader, delivering numerous keynote presentations across the country. 

Christina Trunnell

TRAILS

Christina is the statewide OER Coordinator for TRAILS, the academic library consortium of Montana. She facilitates education, outreach, faculty grants, and state publishing to Montana’s public, tribal, and private institutions. Christina has 15 years of experience as an academic library director and writing faculty member as well as a background in diversity, equity, and inclusion work and community service programs. 

TOOLS

Books by The Icon Z is licensed under CC BY 3.0.

Institutional and allied OEN members can publish one free open textbook in our PressbooksEDU Sandbox. Consortial members can publish up to five projects. In addition, PressbooksEDU offers institutional and allied OEN members 30% savings on single institution plans.

Tools by Kenton Quatman is licensed under CC BY 3.0.

Currently in development through a partnership with Coko, the Textbook Builder provides infrastructure for writing, designing, and producing open textbooks. This project was funded by IMLS (LG-36-19-0035-19).

RESOURCES

An orientation to open textbook publishing for those who support faculty authors. It includes many adaptable templates and resources.

This guide for making open textbooks includes a checklist for getting started, case studies, and an overview of useful tools.

A five-step guide for those who want to adapt an existing open textbook. It includes step-by-step instructions for importing and editing common open textbook files.

A starting point (CC BY) for higher education institutions that want to contract with their faculty to create OER.

A series of three webinars, each focusing on a key topic: 1) Should you publish? 2) How should you publish? and 3) Implementing a publishing program.

A collection of adaptable templates and resources organized chronologically by publishing phase.

A collection of videos related to publishing open textbooks, including navigating copyright, fair use, and building a publishing program with Pressbooks.

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