Time to Register 

for the 2015 PALCI Member Meeting

     June 9-10, 2015 --- Hosted by Penn State  

Registration for PALCI’s 2015 Member Meeting is now open.  Our Member Meeting will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9-10, 2015, hosted by the Penn State Libraries and held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA.

The theme of this year’s Member Meeting is:   Our PALCI Collective Collection

We will continue our conversation about how to leverage our consortium’s collective collection of over 144 million volumes.  The shift from print to electronic collections presents an array of new opportunities as we reinvent how we serve our users in this new connected environment.  From changing definitions of a book, journal, and newspaper to the proliferation of streaming content, our users still require an easy way to discover and access the content they need, regardless of format and faster than ever.  At the same time, our economic models for obtaining and managing collections are proving increasingly unsustainable, forcing publishers and libraries alike to seek new ways of capturing and delivering electronic collections.

PALCI has undertaken several pilot programs to address this evolution, which include our eBooks programs with ebrary, EBSCO, and JSTOR.  Results are showing there is impressive economy of scale achieved by PALCI Members buying together with the added benefit for the participating libraries defusing the inherent eContent ILL/copyright dilemma.  What are the lessons we're learning from these efforts and how do they shape our next steps?    

Our 2015 Annual Member Meeting provides us the opportunity to continue our examination of our changing collections and exploration of new ways for working together to evolve our collective collection in the coming years.

Events Schedule    (as of March 30, 2015)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 – Penn Stater Conference Center

12:00n – 3:00pm:        PALCI Board Meeting
3:00pm – 4:30pm:       Registration and Afternoon Social
4:30pm – 8:00pm:       Member Meeting Welcome, Keynote Speaker, and Group Dinner

Collection Directions: Some Reflections on the Future of Library Collections and Collecting

Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist at OCLC, will report on the findings from the Office of Research’s analysis of the evolution of collecting behaviors in a network environment.  Their report looks at the changing dynamics of print collections, at the greater engagement with research and learning behaviors, and at trends in scholarly communication. Future directions based on various models are examined to provide context within which libraries can discuss changing patterns of investment across collection categories.

We will have time for questions and answers with Lorcan, and informal conversations during our group dinner that evening.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 – Penn Stater Conference Center

8:00am – 9:00am:        Continental Breakfast and Networking
9:00am – 12:00pm:      How Will We Shape the PALCI Collective Collection?
                                        Panel Discussions on Programs, Pilots, & Technology
                                        PALCI Business Meeting & Annual Report
1:00pm:                        Library Tours of the Pattee and Paterno Libraries (optional)  


We have reserved a block of 70 rooms for June 9th at the discount rate of $114.  Please contact The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel Central Reservations Department at 800.233.7505 and reference our Reservation Identification Number PAAF15A to get the PALCI rate.  Rooms are available at the discount rate until May 10th.


Registration Fee: $75
(to defray the costs for dinner and breakfast, refreshments throughout the meeting, & room/technology rentals)

Prepayment is required by either invoice or credit card via PayPal.  After you complete the registration form linked below, return to this web page to print out an invoice for processing or submit your payment via PayPal.  The registration fee can be refunded for cancellations received by May 31st.

Registration is a 2-step process:

1.  Register for the PALCI 2015 Member Meeting by completing this form.
2.  Return to this web page to pay in one of two ways: invoice or credit card via PayPal (both linked below).

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