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What is this PTAG?

PTAG stands for “PALNI Technical Advisory Group.”  Currently, they are one of seven supporting groups that keep PALNI running full-steam.

What do they do for PALNI?

Simply, PTAG (or PALNI Technical Advisory Group) are our technical gurus. They advise the EC and the Board on advancements in technology that can be leveraged to support the goals of PALNI libraries. They also make recommendations for systems enhancement and development.

Who do they report to? Is there a heirarchy?

We value each PALNI member and group tremendously and all work together to keep PALNI running smoothly. We find it is most effective to have a reporting system  so nothing gets “lost in the shuffle”  or overlooked. The group of PTAG reports to the Executive Committee (EC) through the Executive Director (ED).

Can you be more specific about their responsibilities?

Of course! PTAG has a wide array of ongoing responsibilities from technical recommendations to helping other groups. Here’s a list of the current responsibilities:

  1. Review new developments and make recommendations on products, services, enhancements, and development projects for consideration of pursuit by PALNI.
  2. Provide input on the review and prioritization of outstanding help tickets on a quarterly basis.  Solicit input and guidance from other advisory groups on tickets that identify problems related to, or within the scope of, those other advisory group responsibilities.
  3. Provide input on issues before the Board at the request of the EC and the Board.
  4. The Reports & Sandbox subgroup of PTAG will research and present recommendations for development of reports and the possible uses and benefits of pursuing an Aleph sandbox.

PTAG sounds right up my alley. May I join?

PTAG membership is open to library personnel in PALNI supported libraries who have responsibilities for managing any of the PALNI system products. But do note: Regardless of the number of members, each institution will have one vote.  The institution will have the responsibility for determining the voting member.

*** Each advisory group has the liberty and responsibility of developing a more detailed operational document in order to achieve optimum effectiveness in meeting the goals delineated here. For more information about the advisory groups for PALNI please contact the appropriate person.