The Big Ten Academic Alliance Library Initiatives focus on three objectives--optimizing student and faculty access to the combined resources of our libraries; maximizing cost, time, and space savings; and supporting a collaborative environment where library staff can work together to solve their mutual problems.

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The BIG Collection: A Sequence of Convenings
Sessions will focus on generating broad community engagement with the vision, themes, and practical direction for the BIG Collection.
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Big Ten Open Books
Big Ten Open Books connects readers everywhere to fully accessible, trusted books from leading university presses. Established as a new model for open-access publishing focused on equity and inclusion, we invite you to explore our Gender and Sexuality studies collection.
BIG Collection: Resource Access Policy Harmonization Report
The Resource Access Policy Harmonization pilot team is pleased to share their final report. Aspirational in nature, the report includes the new BTAA Resource Sharing Agreement plus Scanning Standards; reaffirms the Principles and Protocols for Sharing Special Collections within the Big Ten; and articulates important next steps for future pilot projects and working group investigations.

Library News

  • Big Ten Academic Alliance & AM sign landmark access deal

    Dec 6, 2022, 14:19 PM

    The Big Ten Academic Alliance has announced a landmark deal with AM. Students, researchers, and scholars at 15 of the leading research institutions in the United States will now have unified access to millions of pages of essential primary source content from the entire AM core collections portfolio.

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  • The Big Ten Academic Alliance announces support for the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program

    Jun 8, 2022, 07:00 AM

    The fifteen libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance have made a collective investment of $45,000 to support the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP) general fund that finances open access content

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  • The Big Ten Academic Alliance announces support for Reveal Digital

    May 18, 2022, 09:33 AM

    The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) has made a group commitment to support the new Reveal Digital publishing program Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movements. All 15 member libraries are participating in this agreement, which totals more than $500,000.

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  • BTAA and Wiley Announce Open Access Publishing Pilot

    Feb 14, 2022, 09:00 AM

    The Big Ten Academic Alliance announced an agreement with global research and education leader Wiley for a one-year contract extension with an open access option, as a pilot in collective action toward the Big Collection.

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  • BTAA Announces Collective Action Agreement with arXiv

    Feb 10, 2022, 11:22 AM

    The fifteen world-class research libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance have agreed to support arXiv, a community-supported resource administered by Cornell University, at the champion level for the next three years.

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  • Library Accessibility Alliance Announces New Website & Expanded Resources

    Aug 23, 2021, 11:32 AM

    Members of the Library Accessibility Alliance (LAA) are pleased to announce their new website, featuring enhancements to the popular accessibility evaluations of databases, along with an expanded collection of resources.

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  • Big Ten Academic Alliance and University of Michigan Press Announce Fund to Mission Agreement

    Aug 5, 2021, 14:52 PM

    The Big Ten Academic Alliance and the University of Michigan Press have signed a three-year agreement that provides multi-year support for Fund to Mission from all fifteen member libraries. Fund to Mission is the Press’s open access monograph model that aligns with its mission and commitment to equity, justice, inclusion, and accessibility.The model demonstrates a return to the origins of the university press movement and moves toward a more open, sustainable infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences. It is one of several programs that university presses are developing to expand the reach of their specialist publications.

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  • The Big Ten Academic Alliance joins Direct to Open from the MIT Press

    Jul 21, 2021, 13:51 PM

    The MIT Press and the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) have entered a three-year collective action agreement that provides Direct to Open (D2O) access for all fifteen BTAA member libraries. An innovative, sustainable framework for open access monographs, D2O moves professional and scholarly books from a solely market-based, purchase model to a collaborative, library-supported open access model.

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  • BTAA Joins Open Library of Humanities

    Jul 19, 2021, 11:18 AM

    The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) have signed a three-year collective agreement that provides multi-year support for OLH from all of the BTAA’s fifteen member libraries. This move was made possible thanks to the OLH Open Consortial Offer, an initiative that offers consortia, societies, networks and scholarly projects the opportunity to join the Open Library of Humanities Library Partnership Subsidy system as a bloc, enabling each institution to benefit from a discount.

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  • Maurice York Appointed Director of Library Initiatives

    May 5, 2020, 11:00 AM

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