Libraries

Libraries

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


Student Newspaper Chronicles Digitization of Books at IU

Apr 25, 2009, 21:04 PM

In its April 23 edition, the Indiana Daily Student reported on the current and future digitization of Indiana University library volumes by Google. IU's folklore collection, the largest in the world, is the first CIC "collection of distinction" to be...

In its April 23 edition, the Indiana Daily Student reported on the current and future digitization of Indiana University library volumes by Google.

IU's folklore collection, the largest in the world, is the first CIC "collection of distinction" to be digitized as part of the CIC's partnership with the Google Book Search project. Digitizing the folklore collection will begin in mid-May and with a goal to be finished by the end of the summer, according to the article.

The article quotes Patricia Steele, Ruth Lilly dean of University Libraries, as saying, “I think some people believe we are devaluing the book by digitizing them,” Steele said. “But by digitizing them we are providing a new discovery mechanism that the book never had before. For many people, if something isn’t online, it doesn’t exist.”