Library publishing programs help libraries more actively participate in the scholarly communications cycle, advance open access, and meet local needs related to the creation and dissemination of scholarship. PALNI’s Library Publishing Task Force recently wrapped up its exploration of this emerging consortial service area and prepared a report to discuss its findings and recommendations. Read and download the report here: PALNI Library Publishing Task Force Report
PALNI has released a public white paper addressing our collaborative IR project.
PALNI’s Executive Director, Scholarly Communications Director, and Institutional Repository Task Force have examined closely the IR landscape and platform options for a cost-effective repository suitable for the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) consortium. As
a product of this investigation and by pursuing cooperative relationships with other consortia, PALNI has two projects using the platforms Hyku and Islandora. These are the two solutions we’ve deemed most viable and most closely matching our guiding vision and values. We envision the Islandora project will be ready for production in the FY19 year.
Read more here:
Source: PALNI IR White Paper
In honor of Open Education Week, the PALSave Team would like to extend gratitude to the numerous faculty members who have taken their time to write reviews of titles in the Open Textbook Library, which is the collection of open textbooks maintained by the Open Textbook Network. These titles offer a glimpse into the breadth of subjects in the Library. The reviews provided by PALNI-supported faculty will benefit others considering open textbooks.
Have a look!
- Accounting Principles: A Business Perspective, reviewed by Colleen Everts, Franklin College
- Biology 2e, reviewed by Katelyn Butler, Anderson University
- Business Ethics, reviewed by Steve Custer, Oakland City University
- Chemical Process Dynamics and Controls, reviewed by Jeffrey Phillips, Hanover College
- Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies, reviewed by Timothy Berkey, Taylor University & Valerie Young, Hanover College
- Creative Clinical Teaching In The Health Professions, reviewed by Chris Hamlyn, Anderson University
- Electromagnetics, Vol 1, reviewed by Willis Troy, Anderson University
- eMarketing: The Essential Guide to Marketing in a Digital World, reviewed by Erica Elliott, Grace College
- Ethics in Law Enforcement, reviewed by Paul Bowdre, Oakland City University
- GUÍA PARA REALIZAR TEXTOS ABIERTOS CON ESTUDIANTES, reviewed by Elisabet Sena, Oakland City University
- Intermediate Biblical Greek Reader: Galatians and Related Texts, reviewed by Douglas Low, Oakland City University
- Introduction to Business, reviewed by Jordan Mays, Oakland City University
- Introduction to Psychology, reviewed by Kristin Flora, Franklin College
- Introductory Statistics, reviewed by Patricia Swails, Oakland City University
- Linear Regression Using R: An Introduction to Data Modeling, reviewed by James Squires, Franklin College
- Media, Society, Culture and You, reviewed by Michael Boling, Oakland City University
- Music: Its Language, History, and Culture, reviewed by Cynthia Blough-Retana, Oakland City University
- Psychology, reviewed by Ashley Elliott, Oakland City University
- Six Ways of Being Religious, reviewed by Michael Nichols, Marian University
- Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking, reviewed by Rachel Davidson, Hanover College
- Theatrical Worlds, reviewed by Gabriel Vanover, Hanover College
- Understanding Basic Music Theory, reviewed by Christopher Cook, Oakland City University
Whether you are starting to get interested in OER or you already have a team in place, this workshop will help your institution take the next step in affordable learning. Campus OER advocates and teams can use this an opportunity to ask questions of Open Textbook Network leadership and address barriers.
If you came in November, feel free to attend again! Your discussion will shape the content of the workshop, and you can also tell us what you hope to learn on the registration form.
See the invite below (which may be extended to your campus partners such administrators, instructional designers, bookstore managers, centers for teaching an learning, etc.).
PALNI campuses are affiliate members of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) through PALSave, and we’d like to invite you to a workshop with OTN’s leadership to learn about developing successful Open Educational Resource (OER) programs on your campus.
Feel free to email email@example.com for more information about the workshop or our program. We hope you can join!
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana, Inc. (PALNI) is developing collaborative instances of two open-source institutional repository platforms, Islandora and Hyku, via partnerships with the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI). The work will include analyzing and improving the functionality and capacity of the software to support collaboration. To benefit the wider community, all developments from the partnerships will be openly available for adaptation.
Both projects support PALNI’s collaborative and community approach on four levels by:
- Sharing scholarship and digital content from our institutions with the world
- Developing open-source, community-owned tools
- Collaborating to host and maintain tools in shared server space
- Sharing expertise in metadata, mapping, user experience design, workflow design, and collections across consortia participants
Institutional Repositories (IRs) perform a valuable function by creating open access to campus scholarship, and by doing so demonstrating library value and the value of the institution as a whole, however only fifteen percent of PALNI’s supported institutions currently have an IR system. Sixty-five percent of PALNI members indicated a desire to participate in a collaborative repository, highlighting a strong need for this service.
PALNI Executive Director Kirsten Leonard noted, “The ability to control costs and build scalable, collaborative workflows are two essential elements for a sustainable PALNI Institutional Repository service, and lead PALNI to develop the Hyku and Islandora partnerships. We aim to reduce IR costs to support all of the twenty-four PALNI institutions for roughly the same average cost of a single IR instance.” Leonard added, “Collaborative tools and partnerships can benefit institutions of all sizes by sharing infrastructure and administrative costs.”
PALNI Scholarly Communications Director Amanda Hurford conducted assessments and environmental scans to assess the needs of PALNI institutions: “Ultimately we aim to create a consortial IR service individual libraries may use, customize, and brand as their own, while sharing underlying infrastructure costs and administration across consortia. We want a solution with a sustainable and controllable cost structure that functions as a true IR.”
These two IR softwares each have unique strengths, allowing PALNI to test different aspects of consortial partnership and service provision. Hyku and Islandora repository platforms have different foci, communities, and opportunities. Islandora is a mature product and PALNI will benefit from WRLC’s knowledge and optimization. Hyku is a native multi-tenancy architecture. With additional development the software will support multiple consortia and collaborative workflows. By exploring both platforms, PALNI is able to proactively ensure that the consortium can meet multiple priorities in the IR and digital collection management software spaces while doubly contributing to the open source and open access communities in a practical, innovative, and collaborative fashion.
PALNI and WRLC have completed the first phase of the Islandora implementation with a summer 2019 completion expected. PALNI will complete the initial Hyku pilot near the end of 2019.
Registration is now open for the in-person PALSave workshop with expert representatives from the Open Textbook Network. It will be held Monday, November 5, 9 am-4 pm, at Indiana Wesleyan University North.
Our speakers will cover:
- Developing successful programs on your campus
- Strategies for addressing common challenges
- Tools & resources
- Faculty workshop preview and logistics
- Full agenda here.
Those who should plan to attend include librarians, instructional designers, faculty OER champions, library directors, or campus administrators who will be working with the PALSave Admin Team to move PALNI Affordable Learning forward. Registration is limited to affiliates of PALNI-supported institutions.
Register today! Registration link: https://tiny.cc/PALNI-OTN
Now available on the PALNI Press Open Journal Systems platform:
From the editorial:
What does it mean to be a global church? What does it mean to be Mennonite, given the reality of our church, of our historical sins and great global differences?
All the authors [in this issue] are convinced that participating in a global church gifts us, gifts us all, with community, and so with possibilities for mutual learning and a shared life in faith. The challenges to forming and sustaining global church relationships are great, and require us to face the legacies of colonialism and economic dependence, as well as our deep linguistic and cultural differences. But the reward is considerable: God’s gift to us, each other.
Read more here:
Source: Vol 19 No 2 (2018): Gifts of a global church | Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology
This July, in Chaska, Minnesota, six Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) System Leaders spent a week at the Open Textbook Network (OTN) Summer Institute and Summit.
The conference provided PALNI’s official introduction to the Open Textbook Network, which PALNI joined this summer.
The System Leaders closely explored OTN’s method of introducing the Open Textbook Library to educators via workshops, the faculty perspective, and the process of building and sustaining program momentum. They also examined the obstacles, both perceived and actual, to adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education. OERs are openly licensed educational materials like textbooks customizable by faculty, and available free to students.
The PALSave System Leaders are:
Andrea Cohn, Coordinator, Teaching and Learning Services for University of Saint Francis
Amanda Hurford, Scholarly Communications Director for PALNI
Erin Milanese, Head of Learning Technologies for Goshen College
Heather Myers, Public Services Librarian for Anderson University
Jennifer Raye, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Butler University
Dr. Tim Ziebarth, Executive Dean, The School of Professional and Online Education for Grace College and Seminary
PALNI’s OTN membership and attendance at the Summer Institute and Summit are instrumental in the new PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning program, a collaboration of PALNI’s Scholarly Communication and Instructional Technology initiatives. System Leaders will facilitate this program along with others on the PALSave Administration Team at PALNI. The PALSave initiative will provide a resources and framework for open educational resource awareness, education, and engagement, based on the OTN model.
The PALSave Team will be in touch soon to form teams of ambassadors to foster OER on PALNI-supported campuses. Later this Fall, OTN staff will be facilitating an Open Textbook Workshop for these campus leaders. The PALSave Admin Team, in concert with campus ambassadors like librarians and instructional designers, will support faculty adoptions of affordable learning materials across the PALNI institutions.
For more information about PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning and to get in touch, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with one of our team members. Meet the system leaders and the whole team here: https://palsave.palni.org/palsave-team/
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) recently joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN) in order to further its initiatives for affordable education and student success across the state. OTN maintains the Open Textbook Library, and is well known for helping organizations to advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses. They’ve had great success with their initiative: OTN members have saved their students over 8.5 million dollars!
To kick things off, PALNI’s selected system leaders will attend the OTN Summer Institute this July for a week of intensive training. They’ll be trained to bring expertise, mentorship, and best practices back to PALNI, and specifically learn how to facilitate workshops to engage faculty. Through this model, system and campus leaders alike will encourage the adoption of open and affordable resources in the classroom, and in doing so maximize student success.
PALNI’s Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force, as a result of their exploratory efforts, recommended membership in OTN as the first step in PALNI’s program strategy in this area. The program, recently christened PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning, includes many elements with which other consortia have experienced success, such as outreach, project facilitation, and assessment.
As part of PALNI, supported institutions will enjoy affiliate status in OTN, have access to a trained team to educate faculty on benefits of Open Educational Resources (OER), and help redesigning courses via the PALSave team, at no additional cost. Additionally, OTN staff will be coming to Indiana this fall to facilitate an Open Textbook Workshop (date to be announced).
For more information about PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning or PALNI’s membership in OTN, contact PALNI Scholarly Communications Director Amanda Hurford (email@example.com).