Director of Library Initiatives
Big Ten Academic Alliance
This winter, the bold vision of uniting the 15 collections of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) research libraries into one shared and fully networked collection will move from the conceptualizing phase into the building phase. The last two years of piloting, experimenting, and learning have yielded a tangible framework and plan for collective action. This session, sitting on the cusp of this key pivot point, will explore how we are moving to work the high ideals of the Big Collection (open and just; findable and usable; durable and trustworthy; inclusive and collaborative) into pragmatic plans for trusted, interoperable infrastructure services and open publishing. We will consider the questions of what we’re building on the path to the first mile marker of the Big Collection, how we’ll work, and who we’ll be as we go.