About the Project

The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) is partnering with the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (representing 94 academic libraries in Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, and New York), to explore, develop, and pilot an open source, multi-tenant, consortial institutional repository (IR). The model should deliver ultra low-cost hosting, discovery, and access to digital material for member libraries. Ultimately, project collaborators aim to create a consortial IR service individual libraries may use, customize, and brand as their own, while building the capacity and functionality required to share underlying infrastructure, hosting, and administration costs across institutions. Partnering organizations will build member libraries’ capacity to serve their communities with access to digital collections by reducing IR-hosting and administration costs through shared infrastructure.

For more information, visit: https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded/lg-36-19-0108-19-0

Evolving Consortial Needs

Consortia merging and evolving to adapt to new fiscal realities
Cross-consortial partnerships seek ways to engage in deep collaboration
Economies of scale (achieved through consortia) can be applied in new areas

Repository Landscape

Currently, only single tenant installations are available, which are unsuitable for consortia
Commercial services that do offer hosting are expensive and are not open source
Separate repositories at institutions create information silos









Available solutions are feature poor
Libraries face large obstacles in standing up repository solutions
PALNI found that 70% of their members did not have a repository and 65% were interested in a consortial services

Libraries and IRs

IRs may need to develop more than just hosting capacities
In addition to scholarly materials, many libraries need a solution for Open Educational Resources
Modern IRs must support a multitude of new emerging formats

Challenging New Materials