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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


Robert Van Rennes Named New Assistant Director of CIC's Center for Library Initiatives

Apr 20, 2016, 08:39 AM

The CIC is delighted to announce that Robert Van Rennes has been appointed as Assistant Director, Center for Library Initiatives at the CIC, effective July 1, 2016.

RobphotosmallerThe CIC is delighted to announce that Robert Van Rennes has been appointed as Assistant Director, Center for Library Initiatives at the CIC, effective July 1, 2016. Rob’s role will include oversight of licensing operations and support for CLI projects such as Google Digitization, resource sharing, and the annual conference.

Rob is currently Head, Acquisitions Department at the University of Iowa Libraries where he has held multiple professional positions, including Electronic Resources Coordinator, since 1999. Rob holds a B.A. in History, German and European Studies from the University of Northern Iowa, and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa. Throughout his professional career, he has been an active member of ALCTS, NASIG and several publisher advisory and editorial boards. Rob brings extensive experience managing electronic resources policies, procedures and workflows, as well as successful relationships with the vendor and publisher community. In addition, Rob’s experience in the CIC community will enhance the work of the CLI staff as they strive to advance collaborative programs among member libraries.