Organization

The Board of Directors elects a five-member Executive Committee with responsibility for operation of the organization with the PALNI Executive Director as an ex officio member and main point of contact for external organizations to PALNI. The PALNI EC includes a Chair, Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Past-Chair, and the PALNI Executive Director, and meets in person approximately 6 times each year with additional virtual meetings.

In 2010, PALNI created the position of Executive Director to oversee current and future technology and cooperative efforts within PALNI and with other organizations.  Kirsten Leonard, the first PALNI Executive Director, currently operates out of an office in Sharpsville, Indiana.  The executive director oversees all PALNI contracts, and is a member of the PALNI executive committee and an ex officio of all the PALNI Advisory Groups.

PALNI library staff work together on PALNI issues through various appointed task forces and advisory groups, including the Technical Services Advisory Group, the Cataloging Advisory Group, the Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Advisory Group, the Digital Admin Team (CONTENTdm), and various task forces. In addition, PALNI collaborates on an internal site’s working space – including forums, posts, announcements, news articles, and project management spaces as well as using a few active email lists that are used regularly to collaborate and exchange information on PALNI-related matters. Groups are also able to meet virtually at any time through a subscription to WebEx.

PALNI, Inc. contracts with OCLC, and OHIONET to operate and administer many of PALNI’s shared systems. PALNI had contracted with INCOLSA/MCLS from 1992-2011 before moving to cloud-based operation in a Software as a Service model.

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.

PALNI Staff

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
  • Chair of the Communication Committee
  • 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
  • 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.