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 2014-2017
[Revised 8/11/15]

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

SI A: Goal 1 – Optimize data source interoperability into Discovery [AD, Coordinators, KBL,TechServ, Experts, PDAT]

SI A: Goal 2 – Set and support standard service levels per product across all institutions [AD, Coordinators, Experts, TechServ, KBL, PDAT, Fulfill]

SI A: Goal 3 – Develop and increase usage of CONTENTdm [DCM, PDAT]

SI A: Goal 4 – Focus Coordinator and experts teams to prioritize and meet SI A goals [ED, AD, Coordinators]

SI A Goal 5: Develop and adapt new applications and resources in the webscale
environment [New Goal: DevCoord, AD]


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

SI B: Goal 1 – Share information on tools for collaboration [Board, EC, DCM, ED, AD, Comm, ALL Groups]

SI B: Goal 2 – Explore and initiate shared collection management [ED, BOARD, Collections]

SI B: Goal 3 – Explore shared processing [BOARD, ED, TechServ C, TechServ, AD, KBL C, KBL]

SI B: Goal 4 – Clarify the core pieces/skills that exist in each member’s library [BOARD, ED/AD, Coordinators]

SI B: Goal 5 – Redefine resource sharing amongst PALNI [BOARD, Fulfill C, Fulfill, PALShare]

SI B: Goal 6 – Participate and keep abreast in the ALI Resource Sharing Committee and Indiana State projects to determine value and impact on PALNI [Coordinators, ED, BOARD, Fulfill]

SI B: Goal 7 – Explore consortial contracting of consulting services for services like library space design, leadership development, and other external skillset needs [ED, EC]


Strategic Initiative C:  Leverage PALNI to identify and enhance services.

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

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]


Strategic Initiative D: Strengthen libraries’ ability to demonstrate relevance and value

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

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

SI D: Goal 3 – Develop relevant reports and instructions for PALNI tools to help libraries demonstrate effectiveness, relevance, and value [PALNI Analytics, ROI, RIO, ED, AD, BOARD]

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


Strategic Initiative E: Increase PALNI’s efficiency and effectiveness

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 [ED, AD, DCM]

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

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

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

SI E: Goal 6 – Form PALNI Wellness Task Force to recommend practices and activities to support sustainability and wellness


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, AD, EC, BOARD]

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


Strategic Initiative G: Assist libraries in providing 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 fluency and instruction [RIO, Info]

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

SI G: Goal 3 – Improve teaching strategies and pedagogy for students and faculty training [RIO, Info]

SI G: Goal 4 – Improve teaching strategies and pedagogy for PALNI library staff training [RIO, Info]

SI G: Goal 5 – Explore ways to improve physical space design to enhance student learning [Board, RIO, Info]

SI G: Goal 6 – Optimize and assess the PALNI-wide Discovery Tool [Info, Experts, DCM, ED, RIO, Fulfill]

SI G: Goal 7 – Explore whether there is a role for PALNI in supporting the opportunities provided by libraries gaining responsibility for Learning Management Systems and examining that impact on the library [RIO, Info, ED, Board, AD]


Strategic Initiative H: Assist libraries in the development and support of knowledge production initiatives

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

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

SI H: Goal 3 – Support the development of Digital Preservation plan and guidelines [IR]

SI H: Goal 4 – Explore the value of shared digital curation of institutional data sets [ED, AD, Collections, PDAT, IR, BOARD, Coordinators] 

SI H: Goal 5Explore collaboration opportunities to create and support scholarly communication initiatives on campuses [ED, AD, Collections, PDAT, IR, BOARD]