Goldey-Beacom College (GBC) is pleased to announce joining the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration and Innovation (PALCI) thus reaching a historic milestone as their first member from the state of Delaware. GBC’s participation expands the consortium’s reach and enriches its diverse community of 75 academic and research libraries.
A hallmark of this membership is the College’s integration into PALCI’s renowned EZBorrow resource sharing platform, powered by the open source ReShare platform. This cutting-edge platform streamlines interlibrary loan services, providing library patrons with an efficient means to explore, request and borrow physical library materials, such as books, from more than 60 college and university member libraries throughout the region.
Library Director Rusty Michalak enthusiastically shared his anticipation for this new alliance, expressing, “We eagerly anticipate the wealth of learning and research opportunities this partnership will offer to our students, faculty and staff. This partnership not only broadens our access to a wealth of academic resources but also reinforces the spirit of cooperation among institutions.”
Jill Morris, PALCI executive director, conveyed her excitement about this groundbreaking partnership, noting, “PALCI’s value proposition epitomizes a true partnership-based approach. By joining PALCI, Goldey-Beacom College gains access to collections sharing opportunities that are often unattainable when operating independently. Concurrently, PALCI is thrilled to embark on this collaboration with the College, strengthening our consortium with their unique strengths, expertise and contributions.”
The Goldey-Beacom College Library plays a vital role in supporting the academic and research needs of its students and faculty. As a member of PALCI, the library will further enhance its resources and services to benefit its academic community.
PALCI, well-known for fostering cost-effective access to a wealth of academic resources and opportunities through collaboration, now extends these benefits to Goldey-Beacom College. The institution’s faculty, students and staff gain privileged access to PALCI’s shared catalog, hosting a vast collection of over 46 million items shared by participating institutions. The College will have the opportunity to participate in PALCI’s strategic licensing program offerings for electronic library materials, encompassing eBooks, eJournals, primary sources and more. This initiative broadens online access to materials with innovative licensing terms at significantly reduced rates through collaborative negotiations with publishers and vendors.
Originally established as the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., PALCI has expanded its membership to encompass institutions in New Jersey, New York and West Virginia – and now, with the addition of Goldey-Beacom College, Delaware. PALCI’s diverse membership includes a blend of small, private liberal arts colleges as well as large public and private non-profit institutions. Their collective efforts leverage the influence and scope of this extensive collaboration.
To explore how PALCI supports academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania and the surrounding geographic region, please visit https://palci.org/about/members/.
The Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration and Innovation (PALCI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization that originated in 1996 and was incorporated in 1998 as the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. Today, PALCI’s membership has grown to include more than 70 academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania and contiguous states. PALCI’s mission is to enable cost-effective and sustainable access to information resources and services. PALCI is known for its highly-regarded EZBorrow consortial interlibrary loan (ILL) service. PALCI members collaborate to serve over 800,000 students, faculty and staff, focusing on collaborative collections programs, resource sharing services, and innovative technology projects and approaches to library services
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