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

  • Detroit Radio Highlights HathiTrust's Digital Catalog Search Launch

    May 12, 2009, 11:50 AM

    Detroit radio station WWJ Newsradio 950 reported on the HathiTrust's launch of a new catalog search that delivers nearly 3 million full-text records through an Internet browser. HathiTrust, a shared digital repository, was conceived as a collaboration of the Committee...

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  • Student Newspaper Chronicles Digitization of Books at IU

    Apr 25, 2009, 21:04 PM

    In its April 23 edition, the Indiana Daily Student reported on the current and future digitization of Indiana University library volumes by Google. IU's folklore collection, the largest in the world, is the first CIC "collection of distinction" to be...

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  • Penn State Sends First Book Shipment to Google

    Mar 20, 2009, 14:49 PM

    The Penn State library has sent its first shipment of books to be digitized by Google as part of the CIC's partnership with the Google Book Search Project. Among the volumes are Penn State's distinctive English and American literature collections....

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  • CIC HathiTrust SDR and OCLC join forces

    Feb 9, 2009, 14:33 PM

    The CIC HathiTrust Shared Digital Repository and OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) will partner together "to increase visibility of and access to items" in the HathiTrust SDR, the pair announced in January. According to a news release issued by OCLC, "OCLC and HathiTrust will...

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  • HathiTrust named a top library story of 2008

    Jan 13, 2009, 14:26 PM

    Library Journal Academic Newswire named the launch of the HathiTrust shared digital repository, a project founded by the libraries of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, as No. 4 on its list of the 10 most important academic library stories of...

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  • New York Times examines HathiTrust

    Nov 5, 2008, 14:49 PM

    The New York Times weighs in on the launch of HathiTrust, the shared digital repository that brings together the digitized library collections of CIC members and other partners. The Times article (10/13) focuses on the difference between HathiTrust and the...

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