PALCI's 2019 Member Meeting

June 12 & 13 at Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA

Registration is officially open for PALCI's 2019 Member Meeting. This year, festivities will take place Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA.

A brief and general itinerary of events can be found here. A more detailed agenda will be forthcoming closer to the event.

Theme and Keynotes

This year's theme is Cultivating Agency with Collaborative Innovation. Whether your focus is library administration, access services, scholarly communications, collections, resource sharing, or technology, this year's meeting will highlight what is possible when we work together and take responsibility for our future in libraries. Our two keynote speakers will be Tim McGeary, AUL for Digital Strategies and Technology at Duke University Libraries. and Kirsten Leonard, Executive Director of PALNI (The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana).

Tim McGeary provides leadership for digital strategies programs and information technology services and operations within the Duke University Libraries, including management of Data and Visualization Services, Digital Collections and Curation Services, and Assessment and User Experience. He has presented nationally and regionally on technology development, multi-institutional collaboration, managing electronic resources, open source solutions, and the Open Library Environment (OLE). He has published work on library technology and managing electronic resources as an investment portfolio. McGeary holds a B.A. in Music and an M.S. in Information and Systems Engineering from Lehigh University. Prior to working at Duke, he served as the Director of Library & Information Technology for UNC-Chapel Hill and Manager of Library Technology for Lehigh University.

As Executive Director, Kirsten Leonard champions deep collaboration efforts to address strategic objectives impacting all functional areas of PALNI libraries, an approach which has allowed library staff to more effectively address user needs and improve patron services. She chairs the PALNI Collection Management Policy Group, is a steering member of EAST's Partnership for Shared Book Collections, and has led the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) collaborative development and shared collections initiatives. She has published book chapters on electronic resource management and ILS RFPs and was an author on the Indiana White Paper on the Future of Cataloging. A graduate of the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians who has served on the OCLC Global Council, the International Coalition of Library Consortia coordinating committee, and ALI's board of directors, she is a longtime advocate for library collaboration. Leonard holds a M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University and an M.A. from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining PALNI, Leonard served as Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Electronic Resources/Documents Librarian at Indiana University Kokomo, Assistant Director of the Technical Writing program at Case Western Reserve University, and other positions at Ball State University and Kettering University.

Cost and Registration

Registration: $80.00 and includes dinner on June 12 and breakfast on June 13

Lodging: Unfortunately, we have filled our original room allotment at the Hershey Lodge, and we are unable to offer any more rooms at the $179/night group rate.

The Hershey Lodge is now offering rooms at a discounted rate of $229/night for any additional guests needing lodging. To reserve a Hershey Lodge room at the $229 rate, please email Sagan Teahl at and request a room for the PALCI meeting. For your convenience, on our registration page, we have also compiled a list of hotels nearby that may have vacancies, including:

Register Here:

Use the link below to be guided through our entire registration process (including payment, requesting an invoice, and reserving accommodations):


Call for Lightning Rounds

We are still looking for member library staff to give lightning round presentations - about 5-7 minutes in length about projects at your libraries related to our theme. If you are interested, the registration form has a section where you can submit your proposal.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in support our meeting? Sponsorship opportunities are now available for PALCI's 2019 Member Meeting! Please look at our brief sponsorship packet for more information.

Please join us in thanking our 2019 sponsors!

Platinum - ProQuest

Gold - SAGE, Wiley