PALNI’s PALSave Textbook Creation Grants Program has awarded funding to faculty members from PALNI supported institutions to create six open textbooks. These open textbooks will be freely available on the web, reducing costs to students […]
Private Academic Library Network of Indiana
PALNI Statement on Supported Institution Financial Challenges
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) is closely following the challenges facing private higher education in Indiana. Projected enrollment declines for regional schools in the Midwest in the next ten years and the economic and educational disruptions of COVID-19 have had and will continue to have a significant impact on PALNI’s supported institutions and their libraries. PALNI’s board of directors, composed of all of the 24 library deans and directors from the supported organizations, convened a Future Framing Task Force in 2019 to address the expected demographic challenges in higher education. The board has escalated this work in the wake of news about COVID-19 impacts as we seek to manage increased need for online support while reducing costs.
PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning
Supported by a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant, PALSave supports student success and retention by fostering the use of Open Educational Resources (OER). It provides collaborative resources and a framework for OER awareness, education, and engagement. In addition, it funds and supports faculty adoptions of affordable learning materials to enhance the teaching and learning missions of private higher education in Indiana.
As part of PALSave, the JSTOR Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) program provides another zero-cost option in addition to open textbooks. Once purchased, the ebooks are available for unlimited concurrent use and are permanently owned by the institution.
Introduction to PALNI
PALNI is a non-profit organization made up of 24 private, academic libraries. In PALNI, this library-to-library collaboration enhances faculty teaching and student learning for academic success. Through the “Power of PALNI,” each school benefits from reducing the duplication of efforts and achieving more in quality, value, and support. To learn about our consortia, check out some of the pages listed below.
Indianapolis Business Journal recently covered PALNI’s PALSave program in their article, “Local academic library organization getting creative to save students big bucks.” Journalist Anthony Schoettle describes the program goals and initial successes showcasing the true […]
Butler University faculty James McGrath is the founding editor of AcademFic, a new open access periodical dedicated to publishing fiction by academics outside areas that include writing in their academic and professional activity. Using the […]