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Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI): Services

As a part of its mission to build and foster community and collaboration among academic libraries in Indiana, ALI currently supports two state-wide consortial projects and a useful guide to understanding, creating, and supporting Open Educational Resources.

Negotiating and Licensing of Online Resources

An important benefit of membership in ALI is the opportunity to participate in shared purchasing and licensing. The Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) leverages ALI's consortial advantage to provide member libraries with significant pricing discounts. The committee identifies and negotiates online resource subscriptions with vendors, either directly or through organizations like LYRASIS, etc.

The ALI-PALNI Shared Print Project

The purpose of the ALI-PALNI Shared Print Project is to:

  • Provide participating libraries an opportunity to reduce their print collections with minimal impact on library users;
  • Allow participating libraries to reclaim space for other purposes more directly beneficial to library users;
  • Identify unique print items within the collections of participating libraries for preservation and potential digitization;
  • Inform and influence ongoing collection development at the individual libraries; and
  • Develop a statewide strategy for print book collections, which may involve cooperative purchasing.

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The ALI Reciprocal Borrowing Program

Reciprocal borrowing is an agreement between libraries to allow each other's patrons to check out materials. Participating libraries extend borrowing privileges to current faculty, staff and students at any of the institutions represented.

The goal of the program is to promote, enhance, and facilitate research, teaching, and learning in Indiana academic institutions. Click the title above to learn more!

The Open Educational Resources Guide

The ALI Affordable Learning Committee has created a useful guide to Open Educational Resources, including tools for librarians and for instructors.