The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) is a 501(c)(3) owned by the twenty-four supported private academic institutions. It was founded in 1992 to provide automation and resource sharing amongst the libraries. As the internet and information services landscape has changed, so have PALNI systems and services at the strategic direction of all twenty-three library deans and directors who sit on the PALNI board. PALNI has expanded beyond providing a resource management system to sharing expertise in many areas including strategic planning, reference, information fluency, outreach, data management and configuration, and has identified “deep” collaboration across library functions as a key goal.
In August of 2014 and again in February of 2015, PALNI library directors committed to “deep collaboration” between PALNI libraries. PALNI libraries have been collaborating on a shared system since 1992 and have continued to expand the areas and methods of partnerships. We are being more deliberate in our approaches to working together. We have moved beyond just sharing expertise or the occasional project to sharing collections, staff, development, and strategy so that we can best provide the evolving services that our users need while containing costs. This collaboration will allow us to address more local needs by reducing duplication of effort. Managing services or functions across more libraries enables us to provide better service to our students and faculty by enabling staff to focus, explore, and innovate.
The libraries of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) collaborate to enhance the teaching and learning missions of private higher education in Indiana by optimizing resources and services while strengthening leadership and professional development. The work that we do as a consortium benefits the students and faculty in each of the supported organizations. As of January 2015, PALNI libraries have over 4.1 million titles in the 24 libraries. More information can be found on the palni.edu website.
PALNI Organization Chart
The illustration below reflects all of the organizational units and individuals associated with PALNI. For detailed information and descriptions of the PALNI groups and organization please reference this document: PALNI Group Description Document
The PALNI Strategic Plan forms the basis of activities between PALNI libraries. It is an agreement of our strategic initiatives, goals, and action items for the upcoming time period.
Who creates the plan?
The PALNI strategic plan is created by the 24 library directors comprising the PALNI Board. The action items in the strategic plan are created by PALNI groups.
What is its the purpose?
The Strategic Plan serves as a document of goals agreed upon by the PALNI Board. It provides vision, direction, and action elements to ensure that efforts are focused in moving the consortium forward.
Who is working on goals outlined in the plan?
Groups, Admin Teams, Task forces, and Board groups are all working with the items outlined on the plan. Specific action items are created by the organizational units to document the active efforts and tasks being undertaken.
Where can the plan be found?
A copy of the overall plan can be found on the www.palni.edu website.
In August 2014 and again in February 2015, PALNI library directors committed to “deep collaboration” between PALNI member libraries. PALNI libraries have been collaborating on a shared software system since 1992 and have continued to expand to new areas and methods of partnerships. In order to provide the evolving services that our users need, while containing costs, PALNI is becoming more deliberate in approaches to working together. PALNI has moved from sharing expertise or the occasional project to sharing resources, including staff. By reducing duplication of effort, this deeper collaboration can allow PALNI libraries to enable staff to focus, explore, and innovate to more effectively address needs and provide better service to students and faculty.
Deep Collaboration is goal based, done for the right reasons.
Deep Collaboration requires a common need and problem solving skills as well as trust, respect, and understanding of each other.
Deep Collaboration uses the partnership of PALNI to do more together than any institution can do alone. It is a deliberate attempt to handle issues at a larger scale than a single institution could do alone, allowing each institution to benefit from the work of the others.
Deep Collaboration builds on strengths, shared efficiency, and reduced borders to eliminate duplication, address knowledge and service gaps, and develop expertise to meet current and future campus needs.
Deep Collaboration can occur PALNI-wide, in subsets of PALNI, and in partnership with people and organizations external to PALNI.
Deep Collaboration requires local administrative and staff input and buy-in on this method of extending capacity and services.
Deep Collaboration provides library staff with opportunities to try and learn new things and to have responsibility on a larger stage.