Strategic Plan

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.  

[Approved by the PALNI Board 11/15/2011]

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.

 [Approved by the PALNI Board electronic vote just prior to 11/15/2011]

PALNI and its member institutions strive to:

  • Innovate in the development of resource sharing.
  • Innovate in the collaboration of resources to optimize benefits for the constituencies of member libraries.
  • Yield advantageous return on investment for shared technologies and services.
  • Cultivate collaborative efforts among members and with other library organizations.
  • Stimulate dynamic statewide developments in library information services.(e.g., open source and other technology initiative initiatives, implementation of new resource discovery tools)
  • Provide a forum for professional exploration and dialog with candor and vigor about key issues in library and information services and the changing character and services of libraries.
  • Foster programmatic research and development to enable libraries and library staff to develop and maintain their capacity to meet changing expectations and needs.
  • Maintain agility to respond dynamically to changing environments.

Strategy Map
[Approved by the Board September 2012 ]

 Printable Version: PALNI Strategy Map- 9/2012


Strategic Initiatives & Goals 2012-2015
[Revised September 2013]

Strategic Initiative A: Provide and optimally configure tools to support the information and research needs of users at PALNI institutions. 

SI A: Goal 1 – Implement and optimize the PALNI-wide Discovery Tool [DCM, ED, PTAG, RIO, PCAG]

SI A: Goal 2 – Optimize existing tools and interoperability into Discovery [Coordinators, PTAG, RIO, PCAG]

SI A: Goal 3 – Set standard service levels per product across all institutions [PTAG, PCAG, PDAT]

SI A: Goal 4 – Develop and increase usage of CONTENTdm [DCM, PDAT]

SI A: Goal 5 – Focus Coordinator team to prioritize and meet SI A goals. [ED, Coordinators, DCM]


Strategic Initiative B: Support opportunities for shared processes, services, and information resources.

SI B: Goal 1 – Share information on lists and wikis and other tools [DCM, ED, PTAG, RIO, PCAG, PDAT, IR?]

SI B: Goal 2 – Explore shared collection development [ED, BOARD]

SI B: Goal 3 – Explore board interest in shared physical storage [BOARD]

SI B: Goal 4 – Explore interest/value in shared materials processing [BOARD]

SI B: Goal 5 – Clarify the core pieces/skills that exist in each member’s library [BOARD]

SI B: Goal 6 – Redefine resource sharing amongst PALNI [PTAG, BOARD]

SI B: Goal 7 – Participate and keep abreast in the ALI Resource Sharing Committee and Indiana State projects to determine value and impact on PALNI [Coordinators, ED, BOARD]


Strategic Initiative C: Position PALNI to easily transition into next generation systems and services.

SI C: Goal 1 – Coordinate and support environmental scanning efforts of all PALNI groups [DCM, ED]

SI C: Goal 2 – Broaden collaboration by exploring what PALNI might purchase (shared) for mutual benefit and ways we can work with other organizations such as ALI [BOARD, ED]

SI C: Goal 3 – Explore partnerships with other information services groups to reduce costs and add/improve services. [ED, BOARD]

SI C: Goal 4 – Plan for the next generation ILS, Web-Scale, linked data [ED, BOARD, All Advisory Groups]


Strategic Initiative D: Enable libraries to demonstrate relevance and value to their parent institutions and beyond.

SI D: Goal 1 – Support marketing of libraries to home institutions [DCM, ED, RIO, BOARD]

SI D: Goal 2 – Assess user needs and behaviors [DCM, ED, BOARD] 

SI D: Goal 3 – Develop relevant reports and instructions for PALNI tools to help libraries demonstrate effectiveness [PALNI Reports]

 SI D: Goal 4 – Market PALNI to external world [DCM, ED, BOARD]


Strategic Initiative E: Optimize internal processes and procedures to enable PALNI to function efficiently and effectively.

SI E: Goal 1 – Improve PALNI Financial Management and ROI [ED, BOARD, Finance Committee]

SI E: Goal 2 – Consolidate and clarify current PALNI projects/processes. [DCM, ED]

SI E: Goal 3 – Continue to improve infrastructure for communication and collaboration amongst PALNI libraries [DCM, ED]

SI E: Goal 4 – Improve strategic planning process to increase PALNI effectiveness [ED, Chair]

SI E: Goal 5- Consider the impact of web scale and its flexibility on PALNI as an organization [BOARD, ED]


Strategic Initiative F: Broaden PALNI’s influence, perspective, and capacities by working with other organizations and institutions.

SI F: Goal 1 – Join organizations that support PALNI strategic priorities [ED, BOARD]

SI F: Goal 2 – Work on projects with other organizations or institutions that impact PALNI strategic priorities [ED, BOARD]

SI F: Goal 3 – Examine benefits/possibilities of expanding the number of supported organizations [BOARD] 


Strategic Initiative G: Assist libraries in providing the support and services for learning, teaching, and research and to assess and demonstrate that impact.

SI G: Goal 1 – Investigate best practices for assessment of information literacy and instruction [RIO]

SI G: Goal 2 – Investigate and support methods to improve faculty/librarian collaboration [RIO]

SI G: Goal 3 – Improve teaching strategies and pedagogy [DCM, RIO]


Strategic Initiative H: Assist libraries in the development and support of institutional repositories and scholarly communication initiatives

SI H: Goal 1 – Explore interest in institutional repository development [PTAG, ? IR, BOARD]

SI H: Goal 2 – Explore collaboration opportunities to create and support digital collections [PDAT,? IR]

SI H: Goal 3 – Develop a PALNI-wide Archive Support Program [? IR ]

SI H: Goal 4 – Support the development of Digital Preservation plan and guidelines [? IR]

SI H: Goal 5 – Explore the value of shared digital curation of large institutional digital objects [ED, PTAG, PDAT, ? IR, BOARD]