The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana Inc. (PALNI) recently honored Grace College and Seminary library staff who have contributed to its 25-year success at Marian University’s Allison Mansion in Indianapolis. The PALNI organization has successfully partnered to provide the systems, expertise, and resources to support collaboration, innovation, learning, and efficiency for all 22 PALNI institutions and their libraries since 1992. The celebratory event included an awards reception, the PALNI Innovation Grant Symposium, team/leadership skills building, and strategic planning to strengthen the collaboration into the future.
PLANI Executive Director Kirsten Leonard presented the “Hall of Fame” award to Grace College Librarian Rhoda Palmer for her exemplary service throughout the lifetime of the PALNI collaboration. Hall of Fame awardees were recognized for their contributions to generate PALNI’s synergistic environment, strategic direction, and innovative services.
Ten founding members of PALNI were also recognized for significant contributions to the creation of PALNI 25 years ago. Former Grace College Library Director William (Bill) Darr was one such honoree presented with the “Founders Award.”
Since its establishment, PALNI has embarked on several initiatives well beyond the traditional library to support assessment, scholarly communication, and instructional technology. “PALNI is a trailblazer in working together at scale. Consortia worldwide are looking to PALNI for guidance and for what new services we will develop next,” said Leonard. The PALNI board of directors is committed to “deep collaboration” between PALNI institutions, providing better service to students and faculty by sharing resources to reduce duplication and fuel innovation.