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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


CIC Supports Association of Research Libraries' Statement on Future of Depository Program

Oct 25, 2011, 12:40 PM

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and its members have a long-standing participation in and support for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), a partnership between the US Government and libraries throughout the United States that ensures the public has...

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and its members have a long-standing participation in and support for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), a partnership between the US Government and libraries throughout the United States that ensures the public has no-fee access to government information. ARL members invest significant staff, financial resources, and space allocations to the FDLP with the belief that equitable access to information about the government and its programs is central to democracy.

Recently, changes in policy and practice by the US Government Printing Office (GPO) and its failure to embrace needed changes to the FDLP present serious challenges to the Program’s sustainability and viability. Importantly, these changes impact the ability of the public to effectively access government information both now and in the future.

More than 30 ARL Regional Federal Depository Coordinators have written to the GPO regarding the policy changes and the CIC has written a letter of support for ARL's efforts.  For more on this issue, please see the CIC Letter of Support for ARL October 2011 and visit ARL's page on the Federal Deposit Library Program