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About PALNI

Supporting private college, university, and seminary libraries in Indiana since 1992.

PALNI People

Who We Are

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) is a 501(c)(3) owned by twenty-four supported private academic institutions. This library-to-library collaboration strives to enhance 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.

Our Commitment

The academic landscape is growing more difficult with escalating financial and demographic challenges, yet colleges and universities must continue to provide excellent service for students. To help address these issues, the PALNI board has committed to hold flat the costs shared among supported institutions for the next 10 years. Simultaneously, PALNI is expanding collaboration within its institutions and with external library partners to address challenges and build cost-effective services.

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Outside of a Digital classroom at Trine University looking in at computer stations

Sharing Resources

PALNI's model of deep collaboration pools resources and utilizes its people to expand services while keeping costs down. PALNI shares systems and expertise in many areas including resource management, strategic planning, affordable education, instructional technology, collections, reference, information fluency, communication, outreach, and data management.

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Mission and Vision
Mission

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.


Vision

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 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.
Shared Values

All of these institutions have joined PALNI because of a belief in the power of collaboration as a mechanism for improving library services. The PALNI Board of Directors believes that a broad statement of the values that undergird the organization and a statement of values that guide the implementation of consortium programs are useful tools in reminding ourselves of first principles that should be honored in our work.

  • Equity of Service
  • Quality of Service
  • Collaboration & Sharing
  • Innovation
  • Flexibility
  • Efficiency
  • Effective Stewardship

These values establish the context for the consortium and provide a foundational statement for the organization.

  • We achieve more together. Libraries working together make us individually stronger.
  • We respect each supported organization and library. We will strive to understand the needs of each individual supported organization and find common ground to serve the libraries of the supported organizations jointly.
  • We expect to improve the equality of access to information for the students, faculty, and staff of supported organizations. Through our efforts, we strive to level the playing field of access to information resources.
  • We provide leadership. PALNI is committed to being an advocate for supported organizations’ interests and values in state-wide collaborative ventures.
  • We engage in and enable continuous learning. PALNI is committed to the belief that continuous learning is essential in a rapidly changing world.
  • We encourage participation. We will provide opportunities for supported organization participation and engage in open communication in our decision-making and governance.

In developing the programs of PALNI, the supported organizations will strive to honor these values:

  • Equity of service across types and sizes of libraries. While supported organizations may opt for different types and levels of service, we will always strive for equity in terms of common understanding of level of use and ability to pay.
  • High quality of services. We will provide sustainable, affordable, and ready access to services that are tailored to the evolving information needs of supported organizations.
  • Collaboration and resource sharing. We will serve as an effective vehicle for the supported organizations to share their resources, services, programs, and ideas, leverage their purchasing power through group efforts, and, reduce the risk for individual supported organizations.
  • Innovation. PALNI is committed to bringing new services to the libraries of supported organizations, making supported organizations aware of best practices, and encouraging innovation among our supported organizations.
  • Flexiblity and responsiveness to supported organizations’ needs as we continuously adapt to the change that affects us. We will strive to find ways to address change, to understand it and its impact, to accommodate to it, and to prompt change that helps us better achieve our goals.
  • Efficiency in all of our operations. Limited budgets of supported organizations make it essential that operations of PALNI be consistent with these financial constraints.
  • Effective stewardship. PALNI is committed to the effective use of the resources that supported organizations entrust to the consortium.

*Mission approved by the PALNI Board, Fall 2011
*Vision approved by the PALNI Board electronic vote, Fall 2011

Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws

To view our Articles of Incorporation and/or Bylaws please click the links below. PALNI updates both on a set cycle and will post the most recent to this page.

PALNI Articles of Incorporation (revised May 2020)

PALNI Amended and Restated Bylaws (revised May 2020)

Respect in the Workplace Policy

PALNI believes the most productive and satisfying work environment is one in which work is accomplished in a spirit of mutual trust and respect. View the Respect in the Workplace Policy.

How We Work Together

An accessible version of the How We Work Together infographic is available.

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How We Develop Strategic Services

An accessible version of the How We Develop Strategic Services infographic is available.

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Works Open Access Policy

The PALNI Works Open Access Policy was designed to provide guidance and structure around copyright and licensing of PALNI’s shareable outputs. View the policy.