Tuesday
Dec112018

Join the PALCI Team - 4 Positions Available!

Join the PALCI Staff!

Four new positions available 

We are adding capacity to support PALCI’s new initiatives for our Members. It’s a great time to be part of our innovative consortium! More information about each position is available by clicking on the links above. Contact Jill Morris at jill@palci.org with questions.

Monday
Nov192018

Jill Morris Named Next Executive Director of PALCI

The PALCI [Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc] Board of Directors is pleased to announce the forthcoming transition of its executive leadership. Cathy Wilt will be succeeded by Jill Morris as Executive Director, effective January 1, 2019. Ms. Wilt will continue in the capacity of PALCI Senior Program Manager through September 2019 when she will retire.

Ms. Wilt joined PALCI as its Executive Director in July 2011 as it shifted its headquarters from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. She has led PALCI in expanding its organization, services, and resources to respond to the challenges all academic libraries face. Her myriad accomplishments include: implementing a virtual office environment; fostering numerous partnerships and conversations across large and small member libraries; and leveraging PALCI’s legacy role of negotiating vendor contracts to ensure broader-than-ever access to the world’s scholarly communications. PALCI’s 68 member libraries across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia now have a strong support partnership to serve their combined 808,000 faculty and students.

Prior to joining PALCI, Ms. Wilt served as Director of Library Services and Archives at the Academy of Natural Sciences, President of Lyrasis, and Executive Director & CEO of PALINET. She has served as a tireless advocate for supporting institutions in their mission to provide enduring access to information and knowledge by harnessing their collective strength. Her commitment to this vision and the energy and dedication she has brought to PALCI have significantly advanced the consortium’s member libraries.

Ms. Wilt has offered her retirement at a moment when the Board of Directors can smoothly transition executive leadership. The PALCI Board thanks her for her dedicated service and is very grateful for the many strides PALCI has made during her tenure.

Faced with the challenge of replacing its Executive Director within the coming year, the PALCI Board recognized the best successor is already on staff. Jill Morris, PALCI Associate Director, is a rising star in the world of library cooperation and consortia and is widely recognized for her work in shaping new approaches to digital content licensing for libraries. Her energy, passion and technical insight make her the ideal choice to take on the role of Executive Director for PALCI to build on its strengthened organization and deep collaborations.

Ms. Morris joined PALCI as Senior Program Officer in 2015 and became its Associate Director in 2017. She has successfully led the evolution of PALCI's eBook programs with negotiation of PALCI's first "all-in" deal. Through her leadership in the national and international consortium community, PALCI has received two successive U.S. IMLS grants, securing nearly $300,000 in funding for a multi-consortium project to build an open source usage data harvesting and analysis tool.

Prior to coming to PALCI, Ms. Morris served as Assistant Director and Outreach & Promotions Librarian for NC LIVE, for which she later served as Interim Executive Director. She holds an MS degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA degree in History and Adolescent Education from SUNY at Geneseo.

As PALCI moves forward with this leadership transition, the Board expects to continue to position PALCI at the leading edge of library consortia. PALCI will model the ways a modern consortium can augment the impact of libraries on the critical need for access and effective use of information.

Monday
Nov052018

Project ReShare Launches: Community-owned Library Resource Sharing Platform Attracts Significant Contributions

A group of leading library and information organizations has come together to create Project ReShare - a new and open approach to library resource sharing systems. ReShare aims to inject new life into this space by developing a community-owned resource sharing platform.

ReShare’s open source software will be built with a modular architecture focused on user-centric design. Organizations can adapt the system to their specific needs and experiment with new service models. Users will have the option to install the platform locally or select a preferred vendor for hosting and support. ReShare’s Apache 2.0 software license will allow libraries, developers, and vendors to innovate freely. Project ReShare is currently seeking membership in the Open Library Foundation, which will own the project’s intellectual property.

The greatest asset of Project ReShare is its robust community. Libraries, consortia, developers, vendors, and open information advocates are collaborating with a shared vision of strengthening the health of libraries’ resource sharing ecosystem. The community’s structure and governance minimizes barriers hindering innovation in current resource sharing solutions, and gives equal voice to all stakeholder groups.

Project ReShare’s Steering Committee includes representatives from Duke University Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), Index Data, Ivy Plus Libraries, Knowledge Integration, the Mozilla Foundation, the National Széchényi Library (Hungary), North Carolina State University Libraries, Northwestern University Libraries, the Open Library Environment, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI), the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), the University of Chicago Library, the University of Houston, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Members of the community are contributing leadership, expertise, and resources to the ReShare project. PALCI is providing $100,000 to kickstart UX design and development. Index Data adds several staff to lead project planning and software development. Other partnering organizations are dedicating developer time, infrastructure support, and in-kind contributions. The Steering Committee will soon announce ways for other organizations to contribute toward ReShare’s vision.

To all involved, ReShare represents a unique opportunity to solve today’s problems and tomorrow’s challenges. “The only way libraries can address all our patrons’ information needs is through partnerships with each other,” says Jill Morris, Associate Director of PALCI and Project ReShare’s Steering Committee Chair. “This partnership is about re-imagining how we work together. ReShare opens up channels for strategic collaboration among libraries, across consortia, and with vendors and other organizations, which simply didn’t exist before.”

“A community-based, open platform for library resource sharing – and for deep collaboration around collections and discovery – has been the Holy Grail of interlibrary lending for well over a decade,” shares Joe Lucia, Dean of Libraries at Temple University and member of PALCI’s Board of Directors. “ReShare carries the promise of becoming that system, and of engaging the library community broadly, both in technical innovation and in opening up the wealth of our holdings to students and scholars in powerful ways.”

That enthusiasm is shared by Index Data co-founder Sebastian Hammer. “Resource sharing is central to the future of libraries, both in terms of managing access to print, and in new models for digital services. Project ReShare is bringing together a dream team of partners in a mutual commitment to open innovation and collaboration. We are thrilled to be a part of it.”

Work on Project ReShare is underway. The Steering Committee has outlined the functional requirements for ReShare’s software, and defined the community’s expectations and structure. Software development will continue through the next year with plans for implementation and the first round of testing in the fall of 2019.

For more information about Project Reshare, please contact Jill Morris, Project ReShare Steering Committee Chair at info@projectreshare.org.

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Media Contact: 
Jill Morris
Associate Director, PALCI

Wednesday
Oct242018

Position Opening - Data Services Librarian, Bucknell University

Bucknell University seeks to hire a Data Services Librarian within Library & Information Technology (L&IT). Reporting to and working closely with the Director of Research Services and Information Literacy, the Data Services Librarian provides comprehensive data services in support of the University’s teaching, learning, and research needs. In this newly created position, the Data Services Librarian will be responsible for designing services and programs to support research data management and data literacy, as well as developing policies and procedures for data curation, sharing, and reuse at Bucknell. As part of the Research Services team, this position will provide instructional and research support for students, faculty, and staff, working closely with data-intensive courses, assignments, and research projects across the disciplines. Additionally, this position will help support Library & IT’s robust programs in GIS and digital scholarship across the University. We seek candidates who embrace flexibility and a willingness to expand or shift their range of responsibilities to meet evolving campus needs.

This is a full time, 12-month, exempt, benefits eligible position.


Tuesday
Oct092018

Enhancements to LibCentral - MARC Records Delivery

At the time of the migration to Ebook Central, it was not possible to provision the MARC records from your consortium programs (for example: PALCI) directly into your instance of LibCentral, so ProQuest implemented a workaround which achieved this. They are now able to provision your consortium records - separated out by consortium program - directly into your LibCentral account (complete with your customizations).

Please review the attached documentation from ProQuest for additional information and instructions.

Tuesday
Oct092018

ARL Library Management Skills II: the Organization is coming to Penn State

Penn State is excited to announce that the ARL Library Management Skills II: the Organization is coming to State College, PA, and they invite you to join them for this unique and valuable leadership development experience.

The Management Skills Institute II: The Organization, offered by the ARL Academy in partnership with DeEtta Jones and Associates, and co-hosted by the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, will take place December 4-6, 2018, in the Pattee and Paterno Library. The three-day workshop is for supervisors, department heads, coordinators, team and project leaders, and change agents. This learning experience is designed using Peter Senge's renowned Learning Organization as the framework and participants will be introduced to each of the five disciplines. Participants will learn through case studies, personal reflection, practical application tools, and group discussions.

Workshop Objectives

Participants will:

  •  Have a sophisticated understanding of organizational learning and how the associated practices positively impact inclusion, organizational health, positioning, and growth.
  • Practice engaging colleagues in processes that clarify vision and create momentum.
  • Have practical tools for engaging change in their organizations.
  • Have tools for differently approaching long-standing problems.
  • Increase empathy related to different roles in the organization, and act as a bridge across stakeholder groups.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.arl.org/events/upcoming-events/event/286#.W7ORtBNKiA9.

Please share this opportunity with any colleagues you feel would benefit.