PALNI is the successful recipient of a 2020 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for the digitization project entitled, Collaboratively Preserving Rare Scholarship in Religiously Affiliated Libraries: PALNI Last Copies. The project will expand upon existing workflows established through the ALI-PALNI Shared Print digitization project and digitize 240 scarcely-held circulating monographs from PALNI’s supported institutions via the Internet Archive in Fort Wayne.
Phase one of the project, Data Analysis, kicked off in November 2020. PALNI will research scarcely-held titles to identify a picklist for each institution of unique-in-Indiana titles in the public domain and not yet digitized. Starting in January, each PALNI library will select ten books each from the scarcely-held list and send them to the Internet Archive in Fort Wayne for digitization.
The project makes possible scholarly publishing activities such as digital scholarship projects, digital exhibits, the creation of open educational resources, and research around resource scarcity.
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library
Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.