Affordable Learning PA

Get involved in Affordable Learning PA!

This year, PALCI received another grant to continue developing a robust community of practice around the emerging interest in open textbooks at the higher education institutions in Pennsylvania and the region.

The long-term goal of the project is to support a robust OER community among our campuses for the active creation and use of open textbooks and related educational resources. Affordable Learning PA is a grant-funded project made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

To learn more and to get involved, please visit the ALPA website at

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This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

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Consortia Collaborating on a Platform for Library Usage Statistics

PALCI and partnering international library consortia (CDL, ConnectNY, Couperin, CRKN, GALILEO, Jisc, SCELC, USMAI, and VIVA, among others) were the recipients of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant in the amount of $247,500 in 2018. The project, entitled “Establishing a Cloud-Based Consortial Platform for Library Usage Statistics (CC-PLUS),” wrapped up in Summer 2021, and the resulting platform is now available for use.

Visit the CC-PLUS website

Hyku for Consortia

Together with the PALNI consortium, we are developing an affordable, open-source, and collaborative repository solution based on the Hyku software.

PALCI is partnering with the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (the two consortia together representing 94 academic libraries in Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, and New York), to explore, develop, and pilot an open source, multi-tenant, consortial institutional repository (IR). The model should deliver ultra low-cost hosting, discovery, and access to digital material for member libraries. Ultimately, project collaborators aim to create a consortial repostiory service individual libraries may use, customize, and brand as their own, while building the capacity and functionality required to share underlying infrastructure, hosting, and administration costs across institutions. Partnering organizations will build member libraries’ capacity to serve their communities with access to digital collections by reducing IR-hosting and administration costs through shared infrastructure.

Interested in piloting the software? Contact us:

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PA Grants for Open and Affordable Learning (PA GOAL)

The PA GOAL program will encourage and support creating, adapting, and adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) and other zero-cost materials at Pennsylvania institutions of post-secondary and higher education

PA GOAL will support student success by offering mini-grants to create open and affordable learning projects at a diverse range of institutions across Pennsylvania, through funding provided by the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) by the state Department of Education (PDE) through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL), and managed by PALCI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.

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