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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


  • Follow The CLI Conference on Twitter

    May 12, 2010, 09:35 AM

    The Center for Library Initiatives 2010 Conference, "Cranking Up the Volume: New Strategies for Broadcasting University Scholarship" gets underway on Thursday, May 13 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Registration is closed, but anyone can follow...

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  • CLI eNews Highlights Government Documents Project, eBooks Purchase and More

    Jan 12, 2010, 14:39 PM

    The January 2010 edition of the Center for Library Initiatives eNewsletter is now available online. The CLI's biannual eNewsletter provides news and insight into the collaborative activities of the CIC libraries, from purchasing to mass digitization. This edition includes an...

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  • Library Journal reports on Library Directors' Statement On Scientific American

    Jan 7, 2010, 10:29 AM

    The Library Journal reported Jan. 6 on the CIC Library Directors' recent statement regarding Nature Publishing Group’s proposed site-license pricing for the popular title Scientific American. In an article entitled "More Dismay About Scientific American: CIC Libraries Reject New Site...

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  • Library Directors Respond to Pricing Proposal for Scientific American

    Jan 4, 2010, 16:50 PM

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  • CIC's Armstrong Presents at EDUCAUSE 2009

    Nov 13, 2009, 12:36 PM

    Kimberly Armstrong, assistant director of the CIC’s Center for Library Initiatives, delivered a talk at the 2009 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Denver on Nov. 4. Armstrong’s presentation focused on how collaboration may help solve “the scholarly communication problem." Scholars and...

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  • Article examines CIC, University of Chicago digitization efforts

    Nov 6, 2009, 11:14 AM

    The Nov. 6 edition of the Chicago Maroon examines the University of Chicago's participation in the CIC's mass digitization partnership with the Google Book Search Project. "Scanning and digitizing one book costs $60. Scanning and digitizing the University’s 7.7 million printed...

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  • Article on mass digitization efforts at Northwestern cites CIC

    Oct 28, 2009, 16:28 PM

    The Daily Northwestern, the campus student newspaper, featured mass digitization efforts at the Northwestern University library in its Oct. 28 issue. The article, "Materials keep going digital at library," highlights the CIC's agreement with Google Book Search to digitize up...

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  • CIC's Darlene Hutchinson profiled in Inside Illinois

    Oct 2, 2009, 13:25 PM

    The CIC's Darlene Hutchinson was profiled in the Oct. 1 edition of Inside Illinois, the employee publication of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hutchinson, the office manager for the CIC's Center for Library Initiatives, appears in the publication's question-and-answer...

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  • CIC Provosts File Letter With Court in Google Settlement

    Sep 4, 2009, 16:16 PM

    The CIC has been a Google digitization partner since 2007. Under the terms of the partnership, Google will digitize up to ten million volumes across the CIC universities. In September 2009, the CIC filed a letter with the federal court of New...

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  • CIC Libraries Developing Research Services to Leverage HathiTrust Content

    Aug 3, 2009, 16:00 PM

    CIC Libraries Developing Research Services to Leverage HathiTrust Content MONK text-analysis tools to be shared in secure online environment CHAMPAIGN, Ill. –The Library Directors of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation are taking the first step toward providing specialized research tools and services...

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