NEW Position Openings @ PALCI Member Libraries


Penn Libraries Hosting Symposium on Preserving Contemporary Cultural Heritage

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to invite you to a Symposium on Preserving Contemporary Cultural Heritage on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. This free, one-day symposium will focus on cross-institutional collaboration to collect and preserve contemporary cultural heritage materials in a research library setting. 

The symposium will feature three compelling speakers on this broad, but important, topic: Mary Rader (University of Texas - Austin), Bergis Jules (Shift Design), and Matthew Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland). After each of their presentations, there will be a panel of staff from Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation (Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, Yale) discussing the opportunities and challenges to collaboratively implement some of the ideas inspired by each speaker. The speakers' abstracts, symposium schedule, and logistical information can all be found on the symposium website.

The program will take place in the Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. Registration is required and can be completed by filling out this form. Since capacity is limited, please reserve your space early.

Please direct questions to Brigitte Weinsteiger, Penn Libraries' Associate University Librarian for Collections ( We hope to see you there!


PALCI and PALNI Receive IMLS Grant to Develop the Hyku Open Source Institutional Repository

For Immediate Release 

July 2019, Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. and Private Academic Library Network of Indiana, Inc. (PALNI)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $172,172 to the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) in partnership with the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) for Scaling Up a Collaborative Consortial Institutional Repository as part of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. IMLS received 138 preliminary proposals requesting more than $33 million in funding, and selected 36 applicants to receive awards during this grant cycle. With this award, the partners will develop and pilot an affordable, open-source, and collaborative institutional repository solution based on the Hyku software.  

An institutional repository (IR) provides the academic community a place to capture, preserve, and make accessible the important research, special collections, and other types of information they create. Libraries and campuses benefit from having the infrastructure and tools provided in an IR solution to manage assets and disseminate them to the larger public. However, many libraries do not have an institutional repository. PALNI has long examined the institutional repository environment, beginning with a needs analysis led by Brooke Cox of DePauw University. Findings showed 70% of the PALNI libraries did not have an IR solution due to cost, inefficiency, or overly-rigid solutions.  PALNI Executive Director Kirsten Leonard notes, “Hyku development steered by PALNI’s partnership with PALCI is our best opportunity to meet the needs of our institutions and allow us to collaborate to reduce costs.”

This grant project will develop a model for ultra low-cost hosting, discovery, and access to digital material for member libraries. The consortial IR service developed in Hyku will allow individual libraries to customize and brand the IR as their own, while sharing the underlying infrastructure, hosting, and administration costs across institutions. The project partners will work to scale Hyku software to create the functionality and configuration options needed to create a centralized collaborative repository infrastructure with multiple, library-based portals. This will reduce administration costs for libraries, increasing the likelihood of adoption and long-term sustainability. Initial development efforts will focus on support for Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETDs).

Jill Morris, Executive Director of PALCI is excited at the opportunity to increase the value of consortial membership to libraries. “This project pushes the traditional work of consortia to new areas and extends collaboration beyond our normal boundaries. PALCI’s work on this project with PALNI furthers the missions of our member libraries by offering a highly scalable, easily adopted IR service, and, in turn, supports broader IMLS goals to build the capacity of libraries, increase public access to information, and support lifelong learning.”

“As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”

The project will build on the efforts of a community-based Hyku Task Force charged with leading and scoping the development effort. “The first phase of the project includes defining requirements, features, workflows, and metadata templates. We are grateful to our engaged community members and excited to have IMLS support in this endeavor,” states Amanda Hurford, Scholarly Communications Director for PALNI.  Updates for the project will be made available at

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI):

PALCI (legally named the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.) was formed in 1996 as a grassroots federation of 35 academic libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Today, the PALCI membership consists of 70 academic and research libraries, private and public, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, and New York. PALCI’s mission is to build access to our shared collections through collaboration among academic libraries in Pennsylvania and the neighboring states. PALCI Members serve over 800,000 students, faculty, and staff, through a variety of programs including the highly-regarded E-ZBorrow resource sharing service. PALCI also serves as the home for PA Digital, the Pennsylvania hub of the Digital Public Library of America, and the new Affordable Learning PA program, creating a community of practice for open textbooks and related educational resources.

About the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana, Inc. (PALNI):

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.

About the Hyku Task Force

The Cross-Consortial Hyku Task Force is a group of interested member library representatives from the PALCI and PALNI consortia who will meet together in order to inform and guide the development of the Collaborative Consortial IR (CC-IR) Hyku Pilot.

Hyku Project Leadership:
Jill Morris, PALCI Executive Director
Gretchen Gueguen, PALCI Digital Projects and Communications Manager
Kirsten Leonard, PALNI Executive Director
Amanda Hurford, PALNI Scholarly Communications Director

Current Members of the Hyku Project Team (CC-IR Task Force):
Allen Jones, The New School
Edward Mandity, Marian University
Janelle Wertzberger, Gettysburg College
Janice Gustaferro, Butler University
Jerry Nugent, University of Indianapolis
Jennifer Duplaga, Hanover College
Jennifer Raye, Butler University
Keiko Suzuki, The New School
Linda Poston, Messiah College
R.C. Miessler, Gettysburg College
Robert Smith, Concordia University
Sarah Myers, Messiah College


Alison Bradley Begins Work as PALCI Director, Strategic Initiatives

Alison Bradley

Alison Bradley, Director, Strategic Initiatives ( will begin work with PALCI effective July 1. In this new role, Alison will lead PALCI's collections strategy activities and several grant-funded initiatives. She is excited to get to know PALCI Members and our business partners to extend the innovative and effective programs for which our PALCI Community is known.

 Alison was formerly the Assistant Director for Collection Strategies at Davidson College. She has also served as the Head of Research and Information Services at UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library, and the co-investigator and User Experience team lead on The Charlotte Initiative, a Mellon-funded project that investigated sustainable solutions to preservation and use of eBooks in academic libraries. Alison received her BA in Philosophy from McGill University and her MSLS from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



PALCI Welcomes Gretchen Gueguen, Digital Projects & Communications Manager

We are excited to announce Gretchen Gueguen has joined the PALCI team as our new Digital Gretchen GueguenProjects & Communications Manager, effective today, July 1st. The Digital Projects & Communications Manager role is a full-time, 12-month staff appointment. Gretchen is charged with leading, managing and implementing a portfolio of PALCI's strategic digital library and community-based projects.

Gretchen Gueguen has been an archivist and librarian specializing in digital libraries and technology for the past 15 years. Her work has included managing data services for the Digital Public Library of America, creating a program for born-digital archives as Digital Archivist at the University of Virginia, leading digitization and repository-building efforts as Digital Collections Librarian for Joyner Library Digital Collections at East Carolina University, and supporting digital collections and research projects at the University of Maryland. Gretchen has recently provided digital library consulting services for Princeton University and Penn State University, and is currently the Project Manager for PALCI's CC-PLUS and Affordable Learning PA (ALPa) initiatives. She is also an adjunct professor for the Clarion University Department of Information and Library Science. Gretchen received her Master's in Library Science from the University of Maryland in 2005 and her bachelor's degree in English from Penn State University in 2001. She is a native of Kittanning, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Erie.

Gretchen will continue to serve on behalf of both the CC-PLUS and ALPa projects. She is excited to begin working with the wider PALCI community and build the infrastructure to ensure PALCI members are part of a well-connected and well-informed network. Please take the opportunity to introduce yourself via email ( Welcome, Gretchen!


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


Media Contact: 
Jill Morris
Associate Director, PALCI