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Open and Affordable Educational Resources

A guide to library-licensed content and open access materials for Penn State Altoona instructors.

Reference and Instruction Librarian

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Lori Lysiak
Office hours by appointment.

220 Robert E. Eiche Library
Penn State Altoona
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601

Altoona Campus Liaison for:Accounting, Business, Economics, Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Information Science & Technology, Marketing, Open and Affordable Educational Resources, Rail Transportation Engineering



This guide is to help Altoona faculty use open and affordable educational resources to reduce the costs of course materials for students.

Altoona faculty may contact their Open Liaison Librarian, Lori Lysiak, with questions about open and affordable educational resources, including:

  • How many pages of this book may I post on electronic reserve?
  • Are there e-books that might be good alternatives for print materials?
  • Where can I get support for writing an Open Access textbook?
  • Where can I find free ancillaries and low-cost courseware?
  • How can my students get low-cost texts through Top Hat?

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