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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GIS Conference 2022
The BTAA GIS Conference was held virtually November 15th, this event was organized by geospatial information users and educators in Big Ten institutions to present their work, exchange information, and develop potential collaborations. A recording is now available
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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 Academic Alliance & AM sign landmark access deal
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.

Library News

Big Ten Academic Alliance announces unlimited publishing deal with Institute of Physics Publishing

Dec 15, 2022, 12:17 PM

Participating Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries have reached a transformative, three-year Read and Publish Agreement with the Institute of Physics (IOP), a further step in collective action toward the Big Collection. This agreement begins on January 1, 2023, and runs through December 31, 2025.

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Journal Access

This agreement extends BTAA’s access to the IOPscience extra journal collection for three years. Participating libraries’ access to IOP journals will not change. 

Open Access Publishing Opportunities

This agreement supports unlimited Open Access publishing in eligible IOP journals, including 58 hybrid journals representing almost all of IOP and society partners’ hybrid titles and 18 fully open access journals. Eligible corresponding authors from participating institutions* may publish OA in these journals at no cost to themselves. There is no limit to the number of articles that can be published OA under this agreement. To qualify for no-cost OA publication, the article must be accepted in an eligible IOP journal between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2025, and have a corresponding author from one of the participating institutions.

To have their articles published at no cost to themselves under the terms of this agreement, responsible corresponding authors must identify themselves as BTAA institutional affiliates and use their institutional email addresses as part of the IOP publishing workflow.

*Participating Institutions:

      University of Illinois     

      Indiana University     

      University of Iowa     

      University of Maryland     

      University of Michigan     

      Michigan State University     

      University of Minnesota     

      University of Nebraska-Lincoln     

      Northwestern University  

      Pennsylvania State University    

      Purdue University     

      Rutgers University   

      University of Wisconsin-Madison 

      University of Chicago

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