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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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BTAA Critical Pedagogy Symposium
The BTAA Critical Pedagogy Team will host a half-day online event to explore challenges and strategies for both integrating anti-racist practices into instructional settings and developing collective action around anti-racist instructional practices.
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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 signs Open Publishing Agreement with the Microbiology Society

Feb 20, 2023, 14:19 PM

The Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Microbiology Society are delighted to announce a three-year open publishing agreement from 2023, facilitated by Accucoms. The Publish and Read model will allow affiliated researchers at 15 universities to publish an unlimited number of Open Access (OA) articles in hybrid and fully OA titles, as well as have full read access to the Society’s journals portfolio.

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The Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Microbiology Society are delighted to announce a three-year open publishing agreement from 2023, facilitated by Accucoms. The Publish and Read model will allow affiliated researchers at 15 universities to publish an unlimited number of Open Access (OA) articles in hybrid and fully OA titles, as well as have full read access to the Society’s journals portfolio. This agreement has been made possible by Accucoms.

“The libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance are close partners with the researchers, faculty, and authors of our universities to advance open, more equitable scholarship,” said Maurice York, Director of Library Initiatives for the Big Ten Academic Alliance. “Open Publishing agreements such as this are a key part of our strategy for moving toward that ideal. We’re very excited to reach this agreement and add the Microbiology Society journals to our Open portfolio.”

Peter Cotgreave, Chief Executive of the Microbiology Society said: “We are very pleased to announce this agreement with the Big Ten Academic Alliance in the United States – it demonstrates the reach of the Society’s model for sustainable Open Access and its relevance internationally to academic institutions, facilitating Open Access for more researchers across the globe.”

“Accucoms are thrilled to have brokered an agreement between BTAA and Microbiology Society leading the charge towards Open Access. This Publish & Read agreement not only gives institutions but also authors maximum value, by providing unlimited submissions and removing transactional barriers.” Kimberly Blizzard, Commercial Manager – North America, Accucoms.

The number of international institutions opting into Publish and Read agreements with the Microbiology Society is set to double year-on-year since its launch in 2020.

Affiliated authors with Publish and Read Institutions are entitled to:

  • Unlimited OA publishing: any article published in Society journals where the corresponding author is from a Publish and Read institution will be OA by default.
  • Unlimited usage: any user associated with a Publish and Read institution can access the entire archive of Society content, back to 1947, for reading and for text and data mining.

Authors can check if their institution is eligible on the Microbiology Society journals website.

Publish and Read is available across the Society’s six journals, including hybrid titles Journal of General Virology, Journal of Medical Microbiology, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, and fully OA titles Access Microbiology, Microbial Genomics and Microbiology.