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Tue, 5 Oct 2021 11:01:44 -0400
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Baltimore, MD, and Drexel Hill, PA, October 5, 2021: The Partnership for
Academic Library Collaboration & Innovation (PALCI) and the National
Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced a consortium
agreement to provide NISO Library Standards Alliance (LSA) membership to
all PALCI members for an initial period of three years, beginning January

The agreement will provide library staff at 73 PALCI member libraries with
full LSA membership benefits, including: free access to NISO’s educational
webinar program; unlimited participation in NISO Working Groups/Standing
Committees; and discounted registration for all non-webinar events,
including the annual NISO Plus conference.

As lead organization for the consortium, PALCI will continue to be a NISO
Voting Member, and will provide a central point of contact between NISO and
the PALCI member organizations. Lehigh University, another PALCI member who
had previously joined NISO, will also continue independently as a full NISO
Voting Member.

“PALCI libraries are thrilled to extend our engagement with NISO through
this agreement. NISO is a natural partner for us as we implement and
advocate for standards-based library infrastructure and approaches that
will enhance library collaboration and innovation,” said Jill Morris, PALCI
Executive Director. “PALCI’s diverse membership is highly dependent on
system interoperability. The important work NISO does to promote mutually
accepted information exchange standards is vital to our consortium and to
our industry.”

“We are delighted to welcome all of PALCI’s members to the NISO community,”
said Todd A. Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. “Several PALCI libraries,
as well as PALCI itself, have been involved in our work over the years, and
this new agreement will broaden and deepen that engagement. It will also
increase the diversity of LSA member voices, enabling us to better ensure
that our standards and other efforts reflect and meet the needs of a wider
range of libraries.”

For more information about this announcement, please contact
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*About NISO*

Based in Baltimore, MD, NISO’s mission is to build knowledge, foster
discussion, and advance authoritative standards development through
collaboration among the cultural, scholarly, scientific, and professional
communities. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages with libraries,
publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support
learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization,
management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting
communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information
standards. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO
website ( or contact us at [log in to unmask]

*About PALCI*PALCI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization, which
originated in 1996 as the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., a
grassroots federation of 35 academic libraries in the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania. Known today as the Partnership for Academic Library
Collaboration and Innovation, the PALCI membership now consists of 74
academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and
West Virginia. PALCI’s mission is to enable cost-effective and sustainable
access to information resources and services for academic libraries in
Pennsylvania and surrounding states. PALCI is well known for its
highly-regarded EZBorrow consortial ILL service. PALCI members partner to
serve over 800,000 students, faculty, and staff, with a particular focus on
collaborative collections programs, resource sharing services, and
innovative technology projects and approaches to library services. For more
information contact [log in to unmask] or visit

3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 302
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: 301-654-2512
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