Shared Systems

In 2013, PALNI contracted with OCLC to provide Worldshare Management Services, WMS, for its 23 institutions.  OCLC hosts as well as provides support for configuration and management of WMS in a cloud based multi-tenant environment.  Changes can be done by individual PALNI institutions through the WMS web based Service Configuration module for institution specific tables and forms. PALNI-wide consortium decisions are made through the Advisory Group structure and facilitated by Systems and Cataloging Coordinators.  The Coordinators are assigned to PALNI-wide duties for 25% of their time with the other 75% remaining under their home institution. All other WMS support is provided by OCLC and PALNI supported institutions in cooperative efforts.

PALNI libraries also share a ContentDM digital library server to digitize, catalog, and provide web access to unique collections of images and other digitized content held by each library. PALNI is listed as an official “data provider” with the Open Archives Initiative.

Other PALNI shared systems include an internal site, the PALNIHub, hosted by OnlyOffice and listservs. EZproxy support for several of the PALNI institutions is provided by OhioNet.

PALNI created the position of Executive Director, Kirsten Leonard, to oversee current and future technology and cooperative efforts within PALNI and with other organizations.  The executive director oversees all PALNI contracts and PALNI shared information systems with the support of Megan West, the PALNI Web & Communications Manager. The Assistant Director, Noah Brubaker, supports WMS for all 23 institutions with the assistance of PALNI System and Technical Services Coordinators and PALNI Experts specializing in “Cataloging, Acquisitions, and Serials” and “Circulation and Discovery.”