“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.”
– PALNI Mission
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) is a 501(c)(3) owned by the twenty-three supported private academic institutions. The founding concept of PALNI is to collaborate to enhance teaching and learning through optimizing library resources and services. The academic landscape is growing more difficult with escalating financial pressures yet colleges and universities must provide excellent services and resources. The PALNI solution is to collaborate not only with other private academic institutions in Indiana, but also to partner with other groups and consortia to reduce costs and compete academically through innovative services.
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 greater collaboration in acquisitions as a key goal.
PALNI supported libraries pay annual membership fees to PALNI, Inc. that cover 100% of the costs to operate and manage the PALNI Project and systems. No State or other non-PALNI funds are used to directly support the PALNI systems or organization, and PALNI funds are not used to support any non-PALNI projects, programs, services, or activities.
Each institution is required to contribute knowledgeable staff to boards, advisory groups, and task forces. Expertise developed by each library is returned through the ability to advance deeper skillsets and experience across the twenty-three libraries and reduce duplication of problem-solving, environmental scanning, strategic planning, and development. Investments made by each school in their staff come back twenty-three-fold through the work of advisory groups, task forces, one on one work, and conferences and through the coordination of PALNI staff.