MemberAmanda Larson

…Library Publishing Forum, May 22: The Publishing Cooperative at the Open Textbook Network: Challenges & Opportunities in Launching an Open Textbook Publishing Program Karen Lauritsen, Open Textbook Network; Beth Bernhardt, UNC Greensboro; Karen Bjork, Portland State University; Corinne Guimont and Anita Walz, Virginia Tech; Vera Kennedy, West Hills College Lemoore; Amanda Larson, Penn State University ; Carla Myers, Miami University…

I’m the Open Education Librarian at the Penn State University Libraries in Pennsylvania, where I coordinate affordable content initiatives across the campuses and provide guidance on copyright, creative commons licensing, and project management.I also serve as a liaison for faculty to other University units creating OER. 

MemberTaylor Hare

Taylor is a PhD candidate in English at Penn State University. He studies early modern English drama and histories of editing as well as religious literature. He has worked on projects involving literary text encoding and corpus development as well as large-scale topic modeling.

MemberCollin Cornell

Collin Cornell is research affiliate and coordinator of the Center for Religion and Environment in the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He edited the volume Divine Doppelgängers: YHWH’s Ancient Look-Alikes for Penn State University Press, and his monograph, Divine Aggression in Psalms and Inscriptions, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. His interests include history of religions, biblical theology, and pedagogy.

MemberJim Casey

Jim Casey is an assistant research professor of African American Studies at Penn State University. He is the managing director of the Center for Black Digital Research. He earned his PhD in English from the University of Delaware and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University. Among other projects, he is co-founder and co-director of the Colored Conventions Project and Douglass Day.

MemberPhillip Zapkin

I am a lecturer in English at Penn State University, University Park campus. I teach first year rhetoric and composition. In the Spring of 2017 I took my doctorate at West Virginia University, with a dissertation arguing that contemporary adaptations of Greek tragedy evoke a cosmopolitan cultural commons to resist neoliberal capitalism. I am currently turning that project into a book manuscript.

MemberE. Michele Ramsey

Dr. E. Michele Ramsey is an associate professor of Communication Arts & Sciences and Women’s Studies at Penn State, Berks College and founded the major in Communication Arts & Sciences at the college. Dr. Ramsey teaches: Public Speaking; Message Evaluation; Careers in Communication; Gender and Communication; Rhetoric of American Horror Films; Conflict Management, Black American Rhetoric, Issues in Freedom of Expression, U.S. Women’s Public Address, and Contemporary American Political Rhetoric. Her research interests include representations of gender in the media, women’s rights rhetoric, social movement rhetoric, and political rhetoric. Her research has been published in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Western Journal of Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Women’s Studies in Communication, Women and Language, Journal for the Association of Communication Administration, Journal of Media Literacy Education, the Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Management Design and Processing, and the Journal of Religion and Business Ethics.   She’s won a number of awards for her research, teaching, and service including the following: 1992 and 1994 Outstanding Service to the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas, 1995 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas, Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award at the University of Georgia, 2001 Cheris Kramarae Dissertation Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender; 2006 Penn State Berks Outstanding Faculty Advising Award; 2008 Penn State Berks Outstanding Faculty Service Award; 2009 Curricular Integration Award from the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Equity at Penn State University; the 2010 Achieving Woman Award (faculty category) from the President’s Commission on Women at Penn State University, the 2015 Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award from the President’s Commission on Women at Penn State University, and the Feminist Teacher/Mentor Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender.   In her spare time she makes plans for next year’s Halloween, speaks to local groups about gender and media and media literacy, and runs a charity she founded, which awards new laptops to deserving high school seniors from her high school alma mater who are headed to some form of higher education but cannot afford a laptop computer to take with them.

MemberCameron Conaway

CAMERON CONAWAY is the author of six books, including Malaria, Poems, an NPR Best Book of 2014. Of the book, NPR wrote: “In the spirit of social consciousness, Cameron Conaway does the work of calling our attention.” He is a recipient of the 2016 Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative Fellowship, an honor given to one journalist each year, and his work has appeared in publications such as Newsweek, ESPN, The Guardian, Reuters, NPR, Forbes, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Rattle, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, among others. Conaway has received grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the International Reporting Project, nominations for a National Magazine Award and a Pushcart Prize, and writing residencies from Penn State University, the Wellcome Trust, and the University of Arizona. He lives in San Francisco.

MemberErika Piola

…“(Non) Visual Art: Common Touch and Visual Culture” in Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind (Philadelphia: Library Company of Philadelphia, 2016)


Editor and contributor, Philadelphia on Stone: Commercial Lithography in Philadelphia, 1828-1878 (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press in cooperation with the Library Company of Philadelphia, 2012)

Awarded the 2013 Ewell L. Newman Award.


“Religious Institutions,” and “Public Markets and Squares” in The Print and Photograph Department, Center City Philadelphia in the 19th Century (Portsmouth, NH: Arcadia, 2006)


Erika Piola has worked in the Print and Photograph Department at the Library Company of Philadelphia since 1997. She received her B.A. from Haverford College and her M.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. She is Co-Director of the Visual Culture Program and has served as a project director and curator for a number of Library Company initiatives, including Common Touch, Philadelphia on Stone, 18th-and 19th-Century Ephemera, and African Americana Graphics. She is editor and contributor to Philadelphia on Stone: Commercial Lithography in Philadelphia, 1828-1878 (Penn State University Press, 2012). Ms. Piola has also presented and published work on American visual culture, 19th-century ephemera, the antebellum Philadelphia print market, and the Library’s African American history and photography collections. Her research interests include Philadelphia lithography, the frame maker and print dealer James S. Earle, and stereographs portraying the New Woman.