PALCI Annual Member Meeting

Libraries as Partners in Affordable Education

June 5-6, 2017 -- State College, PA


Registration for PALCI's 2017 Member Meeting is now open. Our Member Meeting will be held on Monday and Tuesday, June 5-6, 2017, at the Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, PA.

The theme of this year's Member Meeting is: Libraries as Partners in Affordable Education

Issues of affordability in higher education are now at the forefront as our institutions attempt to assist students in completing their degrees. Throughout the country, libraries and consortia are partnering with their institutions to meet these challenges through a variety of initiatives, including the promotion of open educational resources and open textbooks. Join us at the PALCI Member Meeting to further discuss ways libraries and consortia can practice deep collaboration, create efficiencies and savings, and serve as leaders in this effort.

Keynote Speaker:

Marie Cini, vice provost and senior vice-president for academic affairs at UMUC, will be our keynote speaker. After earning a PhD and a master's degree in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a master's degree in counselor education from the Pennsylvania State University, Cini began her career in higher education teaching adult students.

Cini will help PALCI Members look at a range of initiatives aimed at addressing the scale-cost issue in higher ed, and will share her recent experiences at UMUC, in which she cites a one-year savings of $17 million for students, achieved by replacing textbooks with open educational resources in their courses. 

Sarah Cohen Steven Bell

We will have Sarah Cohen from the Open Textbook Network and Steven Bell from Temple University to help discuss our theme of Libraries as Partners in Affordable Education.

Member Meeting Lightning Rounds: What's Happening at Your Library?

For the first time, the Annual Member Meeting will include the chance for you to report on new and innovative projects underway at your library -- Member Lightning Rounds. Apply on the form linked below to present your library’s project.  Presentations are limited to 7 minutes, slides and handouts are optional, and there will be couple of minutes for questions.  Don’t miss this opportunity to brag about your institution and share with your PALCI colleagues!

Submit applications here ( by Friday, April 28th.  You'll be notified the first week in May if your presentation is selected.

Tentative Agenda: Events Schedule (.pdf)


Make your hotel reservations online through PALCI's event website, below. The PALCI discounted rate is $92/night, and is available until the close of business on May 14th.

Toftrees Golf Resort Reservations:

PALCI Meeting Registration

Registration Fee: $75, includes meals

Step 1: Registration is now closed. If you would still like to attend please contact Kaitlyn at

Step 2: Payment

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