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Thursday, November 7 • 10:45am - 11:25am
The World is Our Oyster: Pearls of Cross-Consortial Partnerships Found in a Shared Hyku Repository Service

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Partnering consortia, PALNI (the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) and PALCI (the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium) are collaborating to produce an affordable, open-source, collaborative institutional repository solution based on the Hyku software. Similarly, in the United Kingdom, the British Library is piloting a shared repository service with several museums and cultural heritage organizations using the same software. An institutional repository (IR) provides libraries, museums and the academic community a place to capture, preserve, and make accessible the important research, special collections, and other types of information they create. Libraries, campuses, and museums 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. Findings from a PALNI environmental scan showed 70% of the PALNI members did not have an IR solution due to cost, inefficiency, or overly-rigid solutions. In addition, trends toward market consolidation have further limited libraries’ choice of vended IR software solutions.

This session will describe a project funded in-part by IMLS to further develop the multi-tenant Hyku IR software and to create a new model for ultra low-cost hosting, discovery, and access to digital material. Presenters will describe the opportunities that present themselves when consortia step outside of their normal boundaries and collaborate more broadly with other consortia, coordinate across projects, and partner with commercial partners to create community-owned open source solutions. Attendees will learn how the consortial IR service developed in Hyku will allow individual libraries to customize and brand an IR as their own, while scaling to serve multiple consortia simultaneously, reaping the benefits of sharing the underlying infrastructure, hosting, and administration costs across institutions.

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Jill Morris

Executive Director, PALCI
Jill Morris is the Executive Director of PALCI, the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration & Innovation, a regional nonprofit library consortium made up of 74 academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia. For the past 12 years, Jill... Read More →
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Kirsten Leonard

Executive Director, PALNI
Kirsten Leonard is the Executive Director of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She oversees fourteen full and part-time staff and coordinators who are working to support innovation and collaboration. Kirsten holds an MLIS from Wayne... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401