To address the financial pressures on families of students attending its colleges, the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana Inc. (PALNI) created its affordable learning program (PALSave), expecting to save students over one million dollars […]
Private Academic Library Network of Indiana
PALNI Statement on Supported Institution Financial Challenges
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) is closely following the challenges facing private higher education in Indiana. Projected enrollment declines for regional schools in the Midwest in the next ten years and the economic and educational disruptions of COVID-19 have had and will continue to have a significant impact on PALNI’s supported institutions and their libraries. PALNI’s board of directors, composed of all of the 24 library deans and directors from the supported organizations, convened a Future Framing Task Force in 2019 to address the expected demographic challenges in higher education. The board has escalated this work in the wake of news about COVID-19 impacts as we seek to manage increased need for online support while reducing costs.
PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning
Supported by a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant, PALSave supports student success and retention by fostering the use of Open Educational Resources (OER). It provides collaborative resources and a framework for OER awareness, education, and engagement. In addition, it funds and supports faculty adoptions of affordable learning materials to enhance the teaching and learning missions of private higher education in Indiana.
As part of PALSave, the JSTOR Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) program provides another zero-cost option in addition to open textbooks. Once purchased, the ebooks are available for unlimited concurrent use and are permanently owned by the institution.
Introduction to PALNI
PALNI is a non-profit organization made up of 24 private, academic libraries. In PALNI, this library-to-library collaboration enhances faculty teaching and student learning for academic success. Through the “Power of PALNI,” each school benefits from reducing the duplication of efforts and achieving more in quality, value, and support. To learn about our consortia, check out some of the pages listed below.
PALNI’s Affordable Learning Program, PALSave, has named seven faculty members from four PALNI schools recipients of the “PALSave Open Educator Award” for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Open Educator Award recognizes innovation and excellence in […]
Mennonite Historical Library and Goshen College Librarian Tillie Yoder opens up digital access to a unique collection of quilts by the College Mennonite Church using the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana’s (PALNI) Omeka platform […]