The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana was founded in 1992 as one of the first state-wide automated resource sharing networks for private academic libraries. Initial funding for PALNI‘s shared library automation system and network was provided through a 3-year, $4.9M grant from The Lilly Endowment. In addition, The Endowment awarded PALNI a follow-up $2.6M grant in 2001 to further upgrade and enhance its shared system and resource-sharing network. Annual operating costs are shared among the 23 participating small college and seminary libraries throughout the State of Indiana. The system includes a shared online library catalog, as well as subsystems to support each library’s circulation control, technical services, and reference activities. Select any of the menu choices to learn more about PALNI and its participating libraries.


Kirsten Leonard, Executive Director
kleonard@palni.edu  |  317-752-6831

As Chief Operations officer, she acts on behalf of the PALNI organization under the policy direction and program plan of the Board and reporting to the Executive Committee.  She is responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the organization. Through multiple advisory groups, she prioritizes and completes strategic objectives from all departments of the PALNI libraries and manages communications with the Executive Committee, Board and membership of PALNI. She also negotiates, assesses, and administers all service and supplier vendor contracts including a discovery system, ILS, OpenURL server, Federated search, digital repository and proxy server.

Megan West, Digital Communications Manager / Executive Director’s Assistant
mwest@palni.edu | 317-752-6842

Megan acts on behalf of the PALNI organization under the direction of the Executive Director to identify, optimize, and manage PALNI communication systems. She also assists the Executive Director in the day-to-day business of the organization, including financial matters, vendor relations, and communications. Her main responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining the PALNI website
  • Conducting usability studies of PALNI products and services
  • Graphic design requests made by any of PALNI’s 23 institutions
  • Marketing and promoting the libraries internally and externally
  • Assisting in the planning and coordination of meetings of PALNI events
  • Co-chair of the Digitization initiative via CONTENTdm
  • Facilitating and supporting the Public Services/Ref and BI advisory group
  • Facilitating and supporting the Web Advisory group
  • Managing the many PALNI List-servs

PALNI Coordinators:
PALNI also contracts for PALNI-wide coordinating services with PALNI institutions.

Cataloging coordination services are provided by Richard Lammert of Concordia Theological Seminary.  Systems coordination services are provided by Karl Stutzman of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Lauren Magnuson at California State University. Information Fluency (Reference, Instruction, and Outreach) services provided by Ruth Szpunar at DePauw University and Eric Bradley at Goshen College.

Find out more:

Strategic Plan

PALNI Network

Open Source Projects


PALNI Advisory Groups

Shared Systems

Shared Values

The PALNI Success Story