DAVID ERNST, Ph.D.
Dave is graduate faculty and Chief Information Officer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Dave 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
SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR
Sarah is Senior Managing Director of the Open Textbook Network. She earned her M.S. 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.
TANYA GROSZ, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Tanya is the Director of Educational Programs with the Open Textbook Network. Tanya began her career as a high school English teacher before completing a Ph.D. in Education and Online Teaching and Learning. After hearing Cable Green keynote at the MN eLearning Summit in 2011, a new love for open education began, and with the OTN’s help, she spearheaded an open textbook initiative at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul which led to the creation of the first Z degree in the state of MN.
Karen is the Publishing Director for the Open Textbook Network and Open Textbook Library. She received her M.A. in Education from UC Berkeley and a for fun degree in improvisation from the Second City. Previously, Library Journal named her a Mover and Shaker in technology.
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.
Jared is a Student Admin for the Open Textbook Library. He earned his A.S. degree in Computer Science at Normandale Community College, and is currently pursuing his B.S. in Computer Science with a focus in Cyber Security at the University of Minnesota.
Anna Bendo is the Director of Affordable Learning Initiatives at OhioLINK. In this role, Anna manages OhioLINK’s initiatives to lower the cost of college for Ohio higher education students by assisting our member libraries and campuses in identifying strategies for Open and Affordable Learning textbook and course material adoption, and helping locate statewide shareable library materials as well as open educational resources that are no cost or lower cost to students. Anna has been in this role since July 2017. Before joining OhioLINK, Anna coordinated online student services at the statewide level including an online catalog of distance learning courses and degrees and wrote reports on the status of online and competency-based education in the state of Ohio. Anna has a Ph.D. in Student Affairs from the University of Maryland, a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in History and Spanish from the College of William and Mary.
Amanda Hurford is the Scholarly Communications Director for the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI). She holds a Master of Library Science with a specialization in Library Technology Management from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. In Amanda’s role at PALNI, she develops and supports scholarly communications initiatives of the 24 PALNI-supported institutions, and raises awareness of topics such as open access publishing and open educational resources. Under Amanda’s direction, PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning, was established in 2018.
Jonathan is associate professor of mathematics and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Colorado State University – Pueblo. Before CSU-P, he was one of those tattered minstrel mathematicians one sees wandering dusty backroads with nothing but chalk on his coat and a theorem on his lips: in total, he was a student or faculty member at around a dozen universities in five timezones. He also worked in various IT firms, from start-ups to multi-nationals, doing things like AI, cryptography, and consulting on public policy towards technology. In Colorado, Jonathan has written two OER math textbooks and serves on the state OER Council. His A.B. is from Harvard University and his Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago, both in mathematics. Much more information about him can be found on his website.
Relinda Ruth is the Director of Educational Resources and OER Specialist at the University of Arkansas-Cossatot. She is responsible for the Educational Resource Center (ERC), which includes Kimball Library, all tutoring services, and the college’s award-winning textbook rental/ OER program, along with textbook procurement. She also teaches English courses as an adjunct instructor. As the college’s OER Specialist, Relinda is responsible for the development and implementation of policies relating to open licensing, OER initiatives and practices, and provides guidance on creative commons licensing and OER content. She compiles open resources and provides OER usage training for faculty. Relinda chairs the college’s OER Board, raises awareness of open education activities, and as a leading contact for OER in Arkansas, she encourages broad participation across the state through conferences. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.S. in English and Mass Communications from Texas A&M University-Texarkana, and is also certified for specialization in open licensing and the Commons through Creative Commons. Relinda is an outspoken advocate for open resources and is excited to assist OTN’s members.
Adrian is the Manager (Open Educational Practices) at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He has a Master of Applied Science (Library and Information Science), and is a confirmed PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania. His research interests include educational policy, open education ecologies of practice, and the role of education in democracy. Adrian was awarded the Australasian Academic Development Award in 2019 for his work in open grant communities, and is an active member of the Australasian OEP community. Photo by Sebastiaan ter Burg (CC BY).
As the Director of Open Initiatives & Scholarly Communication at the University of Oklahoma Jen provides advocacy, information, programs, and services designed to increase information access, equity, and inclusion. Her role encompasses the diverse areas that comprise the scholarly communication landscape today – institutional repositories, library-based publishing, copyright in making and sharing scholarship, open access, and open education. Jen joined the OU Libraries in 2016 and earned a Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the Information School at the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts in English with an Interdisciplinary Minor in Communication from Tufts University. She is a member of the American Library Association, the Association of College & Research Libraries, and regularly publishes and presents on OER and scholarly communication issues.