2018-08-01 / Front Page

PALNI Honors extraordinary library and consortia staff

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana Inc. (PALNI) recognized library and consortia staff by presenting twenty-eight awards on June 12 at their annual all-staff conference. PALNI, a non-profit organization supporting the libraries of its twentyfour supported institutions, inspires innovation, fosters learning, and reduces costs for all PALNI institutions. The event provided opportunity for the supported institutions’ library and instructional technology staff to collaborate and share in person, learn from keynote Barbara Fister, and celebrate the success experienced over the past year.

The Executive Director, Kirsten Leonard,recognized accomplishments in five categories of awards during the event. Notably, DePauw University Librarian Brooke Cox was awarded an Outstanding Service 2018 award for her support of new institutional additions and Librarian Ruth Szpunar was given the “Heart of PALNI” award. The “Outstanding Service 2018” was awarded to those who were active facilitators in driving action items and advancing projects during the annual year. The “Heart of PALNI Award” was given to staff who embody PALNI’s deep collaboration, and supportive culture.

About the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI): www. palni.edu PALNI is a non-profit organization supporting collaboration for library and information services to the libraries of its twenty-four supported institutions. Over time, the library deans and directors who sit on the PALNI board have adjusted the organization’s strategic direction as the internet and information services landscape have changed. PALNI has expanded beyond providing a resource management system to sharing expertise in many areas including strategic planning, reference, information fluency, outreach, data management and configuration, and has identified greater collaboration in acquisitions as a key goal.

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