Ithaka S+R and PALCI Join NFAIS as New Members 


November 14, 2016, Annapolis, MD – The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), a global nonprofit membership organization serving the information services community, announces Ithaka S+R and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) have joined NFAIS as new members. 

Ithaka S+R is a not-for-profit service that helps the academic community navigate economic and technological change. Its work – offering research and strategic guidance – has been instrumental in helping leaders in education know what is coming next, learn from rigorous and well-designed research studies, and adapt to new realities and opportunities.

Ithaka S+R’s aim is to broaden access to higher education by reducing costs while also improving outcomes, including for students. It approaches this goal with a legacy of working with universities and colleges as well as the institutions that support teaching and research – libraries, publishing organizations, cultural institutions and scholarly societies. Ithaka S+R is organized into two program areas: Educational Transformation and Libraries & Scholarly Communication.

The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. — better known as PALCI — formed in 1996 as a grassroots federation for the purpose of resource sharing with 35 academic libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

PALCI’s mission is to spur the development of library collaboration in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the neighboring region. The non-profit consortium provides its libraries with collaborative programs, collections, networking and resources. The PALCI membership now consists of nearly 70 academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and New York. Member institutions include public and private small liberal arts colleges, large universities, ARL institutions, and unique research libraries, like those of the State Library of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

“I could not be more delighted to welcome both Ithaka S+R and PALCI into the growing NFAIS membership community,” said Marcie Granahan, NFAIS Executive Director. “The knowledge and experience of the professionals at Ithaka S+R and throughout PALCI add an immeasurable amount of new dynamism to our membership and to the information community. We look forward to many great collaborations and interactions to come with these two terrific new members.”

About NFAIS (www.nfais.org):
The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™) is a global, nonprofit, volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the information community – that is, all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. Member organizations represent a cross-section of content and technology providers, including database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, content management providers and other related groups. They embody a true partnership of commercial, nonprofit and government organizations that embraces a common mission – to build the world's knowledge-base through enabling research and managing the flow of scholarly communication. NFAIS exists to promote the success of its members and for more than 50 years has provided a forum in which to address common interests through education and advocacy.