The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana Inc. (PALNI) celebrated its 25th anniversary by presenting forty-seven awards of recognition on May 24th, 2017 at Marian University’s Allison Mansion. PALNI, a non-profit organization supporting collaboration for library and information services to the libraries of its twenty-two supported institutions, was initially funded with a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant. The organization has successfully partnered to support innovation, learning, and cut costs for all PALNI institutions for more than a quarter century.
The Executive Director, Kirsten Leonard, gifted five categories of awards during the event. Each founding member attending the celebration received a “Founders Award” to recognize their creation of the PALNI organization. The “Hall of Fame” award was given to those who have helped to create the synergistic environment, strategic direction, and success PALNI has achieved. The “Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership in Deep Collaboration” was bestowed to select library directors who have led the way in working together more deliberately and effectively. The “Lifetime Visionary Award” honors those in PALNI who have been able to understand the long-term demands on libraries and helped the organization to work together to meet those needs. Finally, the “Heart of PALNI Award” was given to staff who embody the warm, supportive culture of PALNI.
- Eileen Saner, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
- Ron Schuetz, Franklin College
- Devon Yoder, Goshen College
- William (Bill) Darr, Grace College and Theological Seminary
- Walter Morrill, Hanover College
- Randy Neuman, Huntington University
- Rob Gratz, Manchester University
- Cathy Salyers, Saint Joseph’s College of Indiana
- Robert Hodge,Taylor University
- Mary Persyn, Valparaiso University
PALNI Hall of Fame
- Karl Stutzman, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
- James Bell, Anderson University
- Amanda Starkel, Butler University
- Franny Gaede, Butler University
- Janice Gustaferro, Butler University
- Josh Petrusa, Butler University
- Richard Lammert, Concordia Theological Seminary
- Brooke Cox, DePauw University
- Bruce Sanders, DePauw University
- Caroline Gilson, DePauw University
- Ruth Szpunar, DePauw University
- Sherri Parker, DePauw University
- Sudha Anand, DePauw University
- Jessica Mahoney, Franklin College
- Susan Leach-Murray, Franklin College
- Eric Bradley, Goshen College
- Joe Springer, Goshen College
- Rhoda Palmer, Grace College and Theological Seminary
- Heather Loehr, Hanover College
- Randy Neuman, Huntington University
- Darla Haines, Manchester University
- Doris Stephenson, Manchester University
- Edward Mandity, Marian University
- Colleen Gocken, MCLS
- Susan Fipps, MCLS
- Shawn Denny, Taylor University
- Lauren Magnuson, Trine University/PALNI
- Barb Chen, University of Saint Francis
- Maureen McMahan, University of Saint Francis
- Noah Brubaker, University of Indianapolis/PALNI
Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership in Deep Collaboration – 2017
- Julie Miller, Butler University
- Fritz Hartman, Goshen College
- Anita Gray, Huntington University
Lifetime Visionary Award for Leadership in Deep Collaboration
- Eileen Saner, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
- Dan Bowell, Taylor University
Heart of PALNI Award
- Carly Dannenmueller, PALNI & Butler University
- Megan West, PALNI
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana Inc. (PALNI) celebrated its 25th anniversary with a day-long event, strategic planning, and an awards reception May 24th, 2017 at Marian University’s Allison Mansion. The organization has successfully collaborated to support innovation, learning, and efficiency for all PALNI institutions since 1992.
The PALNI Hall of Fame award was bestowed upon organizational members who’ve demonstrated exemplary service throughout the lifetime of the PALNI collaboration. Other awards given were the PALNI Leadership in Deep Collaboration, PALNI Lifetime Vision, and the Heart of PALNI Award embodying the collaborative character of PALNI. The awards were developed from the input of all library staff.
The celebration’s highlight was the historically-themed luncheon where founding members and strategic influencers Mary Persyn, Walter Morrill, Eileen Saner, and Tom Kirk shared memories from the pioneering beginnings. Former Hanover Director, Morrill, tearfully spoke of approaching the Lilly Endowment to ask for the organization’s initial funding. “It really is difficult to go back and think of all the good times we had together (…) maybe one of the toughest was one day, a group of us descended on the Lilly Endowment Incorporated on North Meridian. We came to the very central part of the state, hats in hand, with a great deal of trepidation at that time, we approached the Lilly Endowment, Inc. (…) It was enough to found PALNI.”
Former Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Director, Eileen Saner, brought some levity to the room with her story about how PALNI celebrated, “all of a sudden, there was a Scottish bagpiper in full regalia. He came into the room playing, very loudly, traditional Celtic music.” Instantly, the event planners in the room regretted not booking a Celtic bagpiper for the 25th celebration as well.
PALNI Executive Director Kirsten Leonard (left) and Assistant Director Noah Brubaker (right) share a laugh during the 25th Anniversary celebration. (Photo by: Megan West/PALNI)PALNI has embarked on new initiatives well beyond the traditional library to support assessment, scholarly communication, and instructional technology, among others. The PALNI board of directors has committed to “deep collaboration” between PALNI institutions, providing better service to students and faculty by sharing resources to reduce duplication and fuel innovation. Kirsten Leonard, the PALNI Executive Director, “PALNI is a trailblazer in working together at scale. Consortia worldwide are looking to PALNI for guidance and for what new services we will develop next.”
PALNI Scholarly Communications Director Amanda Hurford has built upon the past efforts of PALNI members and staff to update and operationalize the blog, Scholarly Communication at Scale, http://scholcomm.palni.org/.
Scholarly Communication at Scale’s specific purpose is to provide scholarly communication information in a way that is relevant and digestible to seekers of all types and skill levels, and scalable to institutions of various size and experience. Initiatives and information to be covered include open access, scholarly publishing, institutional repositories, affordable education initiatives, digitization, preservation, copyright, and author’s rights, among others.
Many PALNI members and outside readers may be interested in scholarly communications, but don’t have time to research topics in this evolving field. As PALNI’s Scholarly Communications Director, Amanda Hurford has committed to staying abreast and sharing pertinent [or the most influential] schol comm news, scholarship, and professional development activities by aggregating vital news from many sources in one place.
The site uses a plugin called PressForward, which allows it to collect content via a feed reader and a bookmarklet tool from sources such as The Idealis, The Scholarly Kitchen, In the Open, Creative Commons, SPARC, various open access journals, and more.
You can subscribe to get an email for every post, or PALNI members may wait for a weekly digest via the Hub. Please contact PALNI Scholarly Communications Director Amanda Hurford for more information.
Written by: Amanda Hurford, Scholarly Communications Director
New Digby app increases productivity for student library workers
“We partnered closely with member libraries in the PALNI consortium to develop and pilot the Digby app to ensure that it delivered the right experience and simplified their work. Their input was invaluable in making this app user-friendly. We look forward to working with our members to enhance and refine this app, and to find other opportunities to leverage the power of WMS,” said Sauer-Games.
Staff and student library workers from Butler University Libraries, part of PALNI, were among those who provided advice and input in development, and then tested the Digby app before the pilot ended last month. According to Laina Ridenour, Collection Management Associate, Butler University Libraries, student workers found the app extremely useful. “My students have asked me almost daily when they can have the (Digby) app again,” she said.
Written by: OCLC
The second annual PALNI Library Innovation Grant cycle awarded funding to three programs in February of this year. We have already received inspiration reports from the projects and look forward to seeing more in the next PALNI Library Innovation Grant cycle. The funding provided by PALNI Library Innovation Grants aims to optimize library resources and services in ways that significantly expand the ability of supported organizations to support teaching and learning at PALNI institutions. Funded programs, projects, and initiatives must align with PALNI strategic priorities and support PALNI deep collaboration.
2016 Grant Recipients
Heather Loehr, Hanover College
Information Now! On-demand and Embedded Learning Modules for Information Literacy Instruction
The project will purchase the recently published graphic novel, Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student Research (Upson,
Hall, Cannon, University of Chicago Press 2015), for 350 first year students, to offer a comprehensive, fun, and engaging mini-course in information literacy skills. The Coordinator of Library Instruction, and the Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, plan to adopt this title as a required text for first-year students, and to use it as the basis developing seven learning modules which librarians may use to supplement direct or embedded instruction, faculty can adopt for DIY-instruction in any course, or which students may use independently for self-learning. Each module will incorporate a lesson plan, tutorials in various media, critical thinking exercises, and assessment tools. We will work with a pilot group of faculty in the First Year Experience, and in each WSAC area: Writing 1, Writing 2, and Speaking, who will volunteer to collaborate with librarians on the implementation and assessment of the modules in their courses. Materials developed will be shared to other PALNI member libraries.
For more information see the LibGuide on the Project http://libguides.hanover.edu/infonow
Tim Salm, Saint Joseph’s College
Re-Engineering an Academic Library for Student Success
Saint Joseph’s College is developing and hosting an eight-part workshop series focusing on productivity and creativity tools
specific to academic work products. Each workshop will be recorded as well so as to support future blended learning activities on-campus. The workshop series is designed to assist students in improving their skills and knowledge specific to desktop publishing, graphic design, slideshow presentations, college-level research, interlibrary loan, alert notifications, spreadsheets, and relational databases. It is through these new skills and knowledge that students will be better prepared to meet the challenges present in their current studies and their future careers. Tim Salm has been sharing reports and samples of the workshop outcomes as the work progresses. The workshops will be made available to the PALNI libraries to spur further innovation.
Caroline Gilson, Associate Dean of Libraries and Coordinator, Prevo Science Library, DePauw University
Learning Together: Continued Exploration of Arduino & Related Emerging Technologies
This grant funded attendance at a weeklong SparkFun Electronics workshop (Microcontrollers for Educators, July 11-15, 2016; https://learn.sparkfun.com/events/116 ) in Niwot, Colorado for PALNI librarians and supported project exploration and creation after the workshop. The July 2016 SparkFun workshop will continue the conversation among the participants and across PALNI on how librarians can work together to explore and create emerging technology projects. Funds will also help with developing and constructing physical projects after the workshop. (Previous PALNI Innovation grant funds have funded the July 2016 workshop registration fees for three librarians.) One of the outcomes of the workshop was demonstrated at CAMP RIO in the creation of a wearable technology item.
Over a campfire on a warm August evening friends shared stories, s’mores, and… insights into pressing librarian topics such as the ACRL information literacy framework. On August 11th and 12th, 2016, 25 librarians employed by member schools of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) gathered together for a two day camp adventure, supported by the Reference, Instruction and Outreach (RIO) group of PALNI. Camp RIO was held at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, a 1,100 acre nature sanctuary located near Goshen College in Northern Indiana. Each session came with pre-readings and reflection time in nature, giving participants a chance to engage in discussion and activities around 3 central themes: library anxiety, evaluating scholarly sources, and work/life balance, as well as the opportunity to attend additional break-out sessions to ponder serendipity in research, assessment, and social media.
The RIO Coordinators and Steering Committee led the workshop sessions as well as a wide range of camping activities, such as crafts, hiking, and a book club discussion. Different teaching methods were demonstrated, and campers walked away with new practices and approaches. Librarians in PALNI schools work closely together on shared projects, but meet only one to two times a year in person. Camp RIO provided an opportunity to not just share professional ideals but to grow closer together as a peer group.
Written by: Information Fluency Coordinator, Ruth Szpunar