Director of Library Intiatives
Big Ten Academic Alliance
In an unprecedented collaborative gesture, the fifteen research libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance have committed to intentionally managing their core collections of books and digital assets as one collection (BIG Collection) to meet the growing needs of faculty and students on each campus. The BIG Collection is the overarching initiative to advance this commitment. The objective of the BIG Collection is to create a coherent knowledge commons for our faculty and students, with content universally available to all without regard to what institution produced or purchased it, supported by interoperable services and systems that rest on a foundation of shared infrastructure. We are beginning by building the infrastructure for the knowledge commons. This presentation will describe the vision, direction, and priorities for the BIG Collection.