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2015 PALNI Library Innovation Grant Awarded 

We are pleased to announce two grant awardees for the first PALNI Library Innovation grant period.

The funding provided by PALNI Library Innovation Grants aims to encourage libraries to take risks and evaluate innovations to optimize or create new library resources and services that expand the support of teaching and learning at PALNI supported institutions. Funded programs, projects, and initiatives must align with PALNI strategic priorities. Grant recipients will present the results of their projects in a symposium and on the PALNIHub to share what they have learned with the entire PALNI community.

Brooke Cox (Systems Librarian) and Caroline Gilson (Associate Dean of Libraries and Coordinator) of DePauw University have received grant funding to support their project entitled “Exploring Arduino Programing and its Applications in Academic Libraries”. Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. They will be organizing a workshop for PALNI participants to:

  • Define what an arduino is and examine the parts, construction and programming options.
  • Define the basics of programming and the Arduino programming environment.
  • Plan and create a take-away project to use in your library.

The two-day workshop will be led by an Arduino expert. Participating PALNI libraries will learn new/emerging technologies, deploy resulting applications across libraries, and create projects that measure library use in new ways to help our users.

Anthony Elia (Director of Library), Dr. Scott Seay (Associate Professor of Church History & Curator of Special Collections), Dr. Alan Rhoda (Systems and Technology Librarian), and David Stout (Library Manager for Writing, Research, & Digital Scholarship) of Christian Theological Seminary have received grant funding for their project PALNI Collaborative Archives Mapping Project (“PCAMP”).

The PALNI Collaborative Archives Mapping Project (PCAMP) will develop a series of digital maps, with distinct layers, dedicated to two preliminary areas: a) mapping denominational histories of the Disciples tradition; and b) mapping archival collections, specifically related to religion-oriented (e.g. Missions) archives in the State of Indiana.  As the mapping project develops, so too will the expanse of areas covered on these digital maps and the interconnectivity with other denominations represented by PALNI institutions and archives.  This project will provide an educational and reference resource for multiple users and institutions, and serve as a pedagogical tool for faculty at CTS and other institutions.  The PCAMP is being designed as a collaborative project, first with a team at CTS, and later, as a collaborative enterprise with other PALNI institutions, who find its value and utility worthwhile for incorporating into a shared resource and/or pedagogical tool for curricula.      

The PALNI Library Innovation Grant committee is deeply impressed with the knowledge and commitment to developing librarianship and library services in new ways. We encourage recent and new applicants to submit ideas next January 2016. We look forward new hearing new ideas each year.

PALNI Library Innovation Grant Committee

Kirsten Leonard, Chair

OCLC Highlights PALNI Migration and ILL in 2014 Annual Report

View videos in their full report:

More than 9,000 members moved to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL), completing the migration of WorldCat Resource Sharing to the new WorldShare architecture. WorldShare ILL allows libraries to participate in the largest resource sharing network in the world, with more options for getting materials directly into the hands of library users.

“…we need to continue to provide library resources, we just need to do it in as economical of a fashion as possible, and that’s where the power of the cooperative really shines.”


In FY14, we continued to build momentum and scale with WorldShare Management Services. We celebrated the first ARL member and the 200th library to go live—The University of Delaware Library. We also celebrated the first academic library group to implement WMS, The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), and the selection of WMS by another academic group, LIBROS, which consists of 16 academic libraries in New Mexico. By the end of the fiscal year, there were 210 libraries live and another 83 in implementation spanning three continents—Australia, Europe and North America. These members represent research libraries, consortia, academic, public, school, legal, medical and special libraries and museums.

“Moving the direction we did—with WMS with OCLC—was such a key component because we weren’t buying a system, we were buying a community that understood our community.”


Butler Professor, James McGrath, Wins PALNI Outstanding Video Award 2014: Viva la Library! August 7th, 2014 


DePauw Librarian, Mandy Henk, Publishes New Book – July 17, 2014 –

Henk_fullsize_RGBCHICAGO — The first book to seriously examine the future of libraries in a climate reality-based context, “Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Path to a Carbon-Neutral Library,” published by ALA Editions, convincingly argues that building a carbon-neutral future for libraries is not only essential but eminently practical. Using the “three E’s” of sustainability (ecology, economy, equity) as a foundation, Mandy Henk traces the development of sustainability from its origins in the 1970s to the present, laying out a path librarians can take at their own institutions to begin the process of building a carbon-neutral library. Read More >>>


PALNI is the first academic library group to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services, January 9, 2014 –

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), which provides library automation services to 23 institutions, is the first academic group to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its cloud-based library management system.

WorldShare Management Services is an integrated suite of library management applications—from acquisitions and circulation, to metadata and license management, resource sharing and analytics—designed to simplify and streamline workflows, reduce costs and create new value for libraries and their users.

“WorldShare Management Services (WMS) fit the strategic direction of our organization,” said Kirsten Leonard, PALNI Executive Director. “We wanted to reduce the cost of managing our systems and collections so that we could focus on providing direct support to our students and faculty, and on new projects like institutional repositories. We are already starting projects that we have been dreaming of—our ‘wish lists.’ We believe WMS will help us improve services for our users, with greater economy for our institutions.” Read More >>>

Library Journal’s, Lily Endowment Awards Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) $225,000 for Shared Print Collection Initiative, October 16, 2013 – 

Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded $225,000 to the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) for the Shared Print Collection Project, an initiative of PALNI and its partner organization Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) that will inventory the holdings of 34 of Indiana’s academic libraries to identify overlapping and unique resources. Read More >>>

Inside Indiana Business’ Indiana’s Institutions Among America’s Best, September 13, 2011 –

Taylor University is the number one Midwest University in the category Best Regional Colleges in the newly-released 2012 U.S.News & World Report survey, America’s Best Colleges. Read More >>>

Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges List, June 2011 –

It is PALNI’s pleasure to recognize eight of the institutions that have made the Forbe’s 500 list for best colleges in the nation! Bravo everyone!  See the List >>>

Ex Libris’ One Thousand bX Customers: A Tribute to the Value of the Scholarly Recommender Service, June 20, 2011 –

Ex Libris® Group, a world leader in the provision of library technology solutions, is pleased to announce that following the selection of the bX article recommender service by the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), the number of institutions using bX now exceeds 1000.    Read More >>>


PALNI Media Contact: Kirsten Leonard, Executive Director – 317-752-6831 –