What is ALPA?

Project History

First organized in 2017, Affordable Learning Pennsylvania (ALPA) is a community of practice for academic libraries and higher education partners to advance textbook affordability for our students through education, collaboration, and advocacy at the state level to support open education in Pennsylvania. ALPA leads programs that create awareness, build expertise for community-led OER initiatives, and promote best practices and collaboration throughout the community.

Project Leadership 

Executive Committee

Composed of individuals representing the diverse academic institutions and funding organizations involved in supporting sustainable affordable learning initiatives in Pennsylvania and the surrounding area, the Executive Committee provides primary leadership and administrative oversight for ALPA.

Barbara ZaborowskiPenn Highlands Community College
Dan StaffordKutztown University
Jill Hallam-MillerBucknell University
Rebecca Miller Waltz (Steering Committee Chair)The Pennsylvania State University
Sarah GreeneOffice of Commonwealth Libraries
Steven BellTemple University
Jill MorrisPALCI (ex officio)
Executive Committee members, 2021-22

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is composed of the members of the Executive Committee, the chairs of each ALPA Working Group, and up to three Members-at-Large, to be appointed from the currently participating Campus Partners.

Dana MastroianniChatham UniversityAssessment & Data
Kristina De VoeTemple UniversityAssessment & Data
Tonya OttoClarion UniversityCommunications & Outreach
Rocco CremoneseSlippery Rock UniversityCommunications & Outreach
Jennifer HasseUniversity of the SciencesEducation & Training
Linda HuackVillanova UniversityEducation & Training
Bryan McGearyPennsylvania State UniversityPublishing & Repositories
Jean ShumwayButler County Community CollegePublishing & Repositories
Carol SeufertCommunity College of PhiladelphiaMember-at-Large
Sarah MyersMessiah UniversityMember-at-Large
Stephanie PennucciMillersville UniversityMember-at-Large
Steering Committee members, 2021-22


As the fiscal agent and project home for ALPA, PALCI manages grant applications, renewals, and reporting, and provides contracting, financial, and accounting services needed to manage the project’s funding and program operations.  

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

This project is made possible by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.