Category: PALNI

Seeking PALSave System Leaders! – PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) seeks applicants for four System Leaders for its PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning program.   The PALSave team will work across PALNI in support of open and affordable learning.

For consideration, please submit a brief personal statement that describes why you are interested in the PALSave System Leader opportunity, along with a current curriculum vitae by May 25 to Amanda Hurford, PALNI Scholarly Communications Director at

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Source: Seeking PALSave System Leaders! – PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning

PALNI Affordable Education Plan and Name Contest

The PALNI Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force has proposed a multi-component project plan for PALNI to begin implementing this summer. This plan draws upon best practices and program elements other consortia use to further the use of open and affordable educational resources at their campuses. An informational presentation on this program is forthcoming.

Right now, we are seeking the power of PALNI to help us come up with a concise yet interesting name for this program. Some examples of peer initiatives are Affordable Learning Georgia, Open Oregon, MOST (Maryland Open Source Textbook), and Maricopa Millions to name a few. Have an idea for a program name? Reply here or email by Friday, May 11. The submitter of our favorite program name gets a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!

PALNI Launches Affordable Education Initiative LibGuide as Part of New Collaborative Strategy

In an effort to reduce the cost of Higher Education to students in Indiana and increase collaboration among institutions, PALNI is launching an Affordable Education Initiative (AEI) LibGuide. This AEI guide was developed by the PALNI AEI Task Force to help promote ideas, tools, and partnerships surrounding affordable education and open resources across the state of Indiana.

Please feel free to remix and reuse any part of this guide in your own Library site, point your faculty directly to the site, or use it as a tool for finding and distributing resources to your faculty. We welcome suggestions on how we can improve this guide in any way and look forward to collaborating with you!

Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology

The most recent issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology along with all back issues are now freely available on a new site at

Now in its 19th year, Vision is published twice annually and aims to “encourage theological reflection by church leaders on the identity, mission, and practices of the church from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.” The journal will continue to be offered in print for paid subscribers; we hope that free online access to the journal expands its readership and engagement.

Vision is co-produced by the Institute of Mennonite Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and the Centre for Faith and Life at Canadian Mennonite University. It is included in the ATLA Religion Database and ATLASerials. The AMBS Library has provided assistance for Vision to move to an open access platform, Open Journal Systems, hosted by Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI).

Source: Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology

PALNI joins the Library Publishing Coalition

Effective April 1, PALNI is a consortial member* of the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC)! This membership will inform and improve efforts to develop PALNI’s open access publishing program, and to create a support model for those institutional initiatives.

The LPC’s mission is to extend the impact and sustainability of library publishing and open scholarship by providing a professional forum for developing best practices and shared expertise. It supports an evolving, distributed range of library publishing practices and works to further the interests of libraries involved in publishing activities.

Benefits of membership include:
• Engage with an international community of practice
• Jump-start or enhance library publishing initiatives
• Lead change in scholarly communications and publishing

PALNI currently provides its supported institutions with capacity to create and host open access publications via the PALNI Press. We administer and support instances of Open Journal Systems, Open Monograph Press, and Open Conference Systems which are open source platforms developed by the Public Knowledge Project. Omeka is another platform we’ve installed in order to host digital scholarship exhibits. We look forward to leveraging the LPC membership as part of this program!

We expect to create a PALNI task force to focus on this topic in the near future. Please email for more information.

*Note that this membership rests with PALNI, and the PALNI-supported institutions are not automatically members of LPC as a result of this partnership.

Affordable Education @ PALNI

Here are some of the recent impactful activities of the PALNI Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force:

Today we hosted an extremely interesting webinar from Nicole Finkbeiner, Associate Director of Institutional Relations for Rice University/OpenStax. She covered practical and effective direct tactics for Effectively Encouraging the Use of OER on Your Campus.  Recording is available to everyone at PALNI-supported institutions. Email for the link if you are not already on the PALNI Team Drive.

Plans are also moving forward on a potential membership with Open Textbook Network, an organization that helps higher education institutions and systems advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses.

Finally, drawing on successful initiatives of our consortial peers, the AEI Task Force has begun drafting a preliminary multi-component affordable education program that we plan to begin implementing this year.

We are working on direct communication strategies to best share this information out to relevant campus stakeholders. Stay tuned!

Recent Fort Wayne Teaching Conference presentation highlights consortial Scholarly Communications, Affordable Education, and Instructional Technology at PALNI

PALNI is engaging with faculty to create affordable and effective learning opportunities that draw upon the newest technologies and reduce costs for private colleges in Indiana at the same time. The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) has launched collaborative Scholarly Communications and Instructional Technology programs to incorporate the best of today’s technology, open access materials, and services to directly support teaching and learning by sharing expertise and deduplicating effort across the twenty-four PALNI colleges, seminaries, and universities. To introduce these projects, PALNI Scholarly Communications Director Amanda Hurford and University of Saint Francis Teaching and Learning Services Team Coordinator Andrea Cohn presented in person, while Manchester University Virtual Instruction and Emerging Tech Librarian Rebecca Johnson joined virtually to deliver a session at the Fort Wayne Teaching Conference.

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Source: Recent Fort Wayne Teaching Conference presentation highlights consortial Scholarly Communications, Affordable Education, and Instructional Technology at PALNI

Presented to PALNI | Disciplinary Differences in Scholarly Communication: Awareness, Attitudes, and Practices

We had an engaging and productive meeting of the PALNI Scholarly Communications Advisory Group last week . It kicked off with a very interesting talk presented by Jere Odell and Emily Dill, drawing on their research recently published in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. Abstract here:

“Access to scholarship in the health sciences has greatly increased in the last decade. The adoption of the 2008 U.S. National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy and the launch of successful open access journals in health sciences have done much to move the exchange of scholarship beyond the subscription-only model. One might assume, therefore, that scholars publishing in the health sciences would be more supportive of these changes. However, the results of this survey of attitudes on a campus with a large medical faculty show that health science respondents were uncertain of the value of recent changes in the scholarly communication system.”

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Slides from PALNI talk:Disciplinary Differences in Scholarly Communication: Awareness, Attitudes, and Practices

Source: Faculty Attitudes toward Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Disciplinary Differences on an Urban and Health Science Campus

PALNI’s Consortial Institutional Repository Vision

PALNI recently released its vision statement for a desired consortial IR installation. It includes a description of the need for a multi-tenant environment, a visual sketch of the desired structure, and our functional requirements.  Feel free to share and send feedback to

Background: PALNI has been working towards a consortial institutional repository for some time. Using our method of “Deep Collaboration” across institutions, the first iteration of the cross-institutional IR Task Force identified a true need in 2013. In surveying the PALNI supported libraries, the group found that over 70% did not have an IR system in place, and over 65% were interested in participating in a collaborative IR system. Budget constraints were and remain a large factor—the greatest impediment identified in the survey. Following closely behind were staffing limitations and insufficient technological support, highlighting the impact that management of an IR at the consortial level might have. In 2017, PALNI hired a Scholarly Communications Director in part to manage the development of the IR, and the IR Task Force was rebooted. Given that capacity, and the priority established in PALNI’s 2017-2020 strategic plan, we are now ready to evaluate, select, and implement an IR system.

Download PALNI’s Consortial IR Vision Document.

Upcoming Affordable Education Initiatives Webinars

Interested in exploring Open Educational Resources at a PALNI-supported campus?  Attend an upcoming webinar to learn more about statewide efforts and effective strategies from experts in this field, presented by the PALNI Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force.

Open to everyone at PALNI-supported institutions.

Tuesday, 2/27, 11am

Scaling Up OERs in Louisiana: A Statewide Plan for Building a Sustainable Library Effort

Teri Oaks Gallaway, Emily Frank


In Louisiana, OERs have recently become a strategy used by the state legislature to address the rising cost of higher education. This process began with advocacy work led by LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, the statewide consortium, and directed at the Board of Regents, the governmental body charged with planning, coordinating, and budgeting public higher education in the state. The Regents provided funds to LOUIS that have allowed the consortium to build capacity and infrastructure needed to support the development of OERs in the state. LOUIS used funds to launch scalable programs and easily adaptable solutions. Using a train-the-trainer model, they quickly built capacity at universities and colleges in the state. Then, they created a structure to provide funds and support for individual academic libraries to begin developing the OER culture locally. Local institutions were able to apply this model to the degree to which they had the capacity and interest to support it. We will review this approach and discuss how this model has allowed multiple stakeholders take ownership of an element of the project and apply leadership at their level while working towards a shared success in the state.

Teri Oaks Gallaway, Associate Commissioner of LOUIS, serves in the capacity of Executive Director for the statewide consortium as well as the project lead for the Affordable Learning LOUISiana initiative. Emily Frank is the Coordinator of Scholarship and Open Access for Louisiana State University Libraries. She leads the library’s affordable course materials projects, including coordinating local projects under the Affordable Learning LOUISiana initiative spearheaded by LOUIS.

Tuesday, 3/27, 11am

Effectively Encouraging the Use of OER on Your Campus

Nicole Finkbeiner, OpenStax


Nicole Finkbeiner of Rice University’s OpenStax draws on her experiences working with faculty and schools across the U.S. to highlight the most effective strategies that encourage faculty to adopt, adapt, and create OER while protecting academic freedom. She also walks through a strategic planning model to plan, track, and produce effective and measurable results for our OER initiatives.

Nicole is the Associate Director of Institutional Relations for Rice University’s free textbook initiative, OpenStax, where she focuses on coaching colleges and universities through the process of developing an OER initiative. She is also the founder of the national Institutional Partner Program, a network of institutions who work together to increase OER use on their campuses while protecting academic freedom. A graduate of Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University, she worked in college relations for community colleges prior to joining OpenStax. When not promoting Open Educational Resources, Nicole fills her time reading, working out, and attending cultural events.