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  • The Big Ten Academic Alliance Welcomes New Staff

    Oct 17, 2018
    The Big Ten Academic Alliance is delighted to announce our new Project Coordinators, Lori Frost, Laurel Rosch, and Sharon Lee.
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  • Increasing Accessibility Throughout Big Ten Universities

    Oct 10, 2018
    Making content and technology more accessible to individuals with disabilities is a focal point for staff across multiple functional areas in member institutions. From Chief Information Officers to Librarians to Procurement Directors, collaborative efforts are underway to share best practices, develop vendor guidelines, modify procurement practices, enhance compliance oversight, and foster a cultural change of accessibility.
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  • Big Ten–Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration

    Oct 10, 2018
    The Big Ten-Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration is a multi-institutional research effort whose mission is to better understand the causes and effects of sport-related concussion and head injuries. Collaborations and publications are continuing to emerge from the participants.
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  • Libraries Addressing the Need for Sustainable Access to Scholarly Publications

    Oct 10, 2018
    The Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries are working to leverage their collective buying power and to use their influence to offset traditional publisher price increases and to provide alternative paths to publication for scholarly authors.
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  • A Message from the Executive Director

    Oct 10, 2018
    Fall is a magical time at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. New student orientations, move-in days, football games, homecomings, and marching bands on crisp autumn days herald a new academic year full of potential and promise. The fourteen Big Ten Academic Alliance universities have just welcomed almost 90,000 freshmen to their campuses, all eager to begin the educational and social journey that will shape their future in countless ways.
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  • Big Ten Student Design Challenge

    Oct 10, 2018
    As campuses expand their focus on learning spaces to include not just classrooms, but dorms, libraries, social spaces and other informal learning environments, a new opportunity sponsored by Big Ten universities and the Herman Miller Company seeks to engage students more deeply in the design of these spaces.
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  • Collaborating to Address IT Security Risks

    Oct 10, 2018
    A common struggle across institutions is balancing speed and thoroughness in performing security reviews of third-party software. In an effort to address this, the Big Ten Academic Alliance Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) recently joined forces and developed an innovative approach to increase transparency and collaboration.
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  • Speaking Truth to Power: Kim Armstrong on libraries and consortia joining together to advocate for change in unfavorable terms from publishers

    Aug 15, 2018
    In a wide-ranging interview, the Society of Scholarly Publishing's Roger Schonfeld interviewed the Big Ten Academic Alliance's Kim Armstrong on licensing, scholarly publishing, and the recent pushback by the BTAA and other consortia on Taylor & Francis' attempt to create a moving wall model to access backfiles.
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  • 2019 BTAA/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Awards Announced

    Jun 14, 2018
    The Big Ten Academic Alliance is proud to announce the 2019 BTAA/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship awardees.
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  • Big Ten Academic Alliance Impact Report

    Jun 07, 2018
    The Big Ten Academic Alliance's large-scale-solutions approach maximizes efficiencies and enhances purchasing power--all of which create a big impact and big savings for the collective enterprise.
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  • Big Ten Libraries Create Framework for Sharing Special Collections

    Apr 19, 2018
    Librarians of the Big Ten Academic Alliance have developed the BTAA Principles and Protocols for InterLibrary Loan of Special Collections, agreeing to terms that will open up treasures long restricted to local viewing.
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  • OmniSOC: First-of-its-Kind Higher Education Joint Cybersecurity Operations Center Launches

    Mar 21, 2018
    Indiana University (IU), Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announce the launch and activation of OmniSOC, a specialized, sector-based cyber Security Operations Center (SOC) that provides trusted, rapid, actionable cyber intelligence to its members.
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  • Big Ten Academic Alliance Cooperative Cataloging Partnership receives ALCTS Collaboration Award

    Feb 27, 2018
    The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected the Big Ten Academic Alliance Cooperative Cataloging Partnership (BTAA CCP) as the recipient of the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation for 2018.
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  • Op-Ed by IRIS PIs on how Tax bill would imperil nation’s innovation, future

    Dec 15, 2017
    In a piece in the Columbus Dispatch on December 14, 2017, IRIS PI Bruce Weinberg, with IRIS PI co-authors Julia Lane and Jason Owen-Smith, discuss the value of research spending and harmful portions of the tax bill passed by the House.
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  • Big Ten universities reported the highest number of students in Learning Abroad programs in five years

    Dec 04, 2017
    One of the most comprehensive analysis of Learning Abroad strategies in the United States shows growth among members of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) in the number of students who participated in Learning Abroad Programs during Fall 2015 through Summer 2016.
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  • Strength in Numbers: Building a Consortial Cooperative Cataloging Partnership

    Oct 23, 2017
    Librarians across the Big Ten Academic Alliance are collaborating to provide greater access to cross-institutional collections through a strategic effort to supplement cataloging capacity.
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    • Technology Collaboration
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  • Keith A. Marshall, Ph.D., Named New Executive Director

    Apr 24, 2017
    The Big Ten Academic Alliance is delighted to announce that Keith A. Marshall, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new Executive Director, effective June 6, 2017.
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  • Latest Annual Report Now Available Online

    Apr 04, 2017
    The newly released Annual Report details the collective power and progress of this enterprise, highlighting projects such as library collaborations that have resulted in space savings of over 73 miles of linear shelf space; a nationally-recognized model for diversifying the professoriate; and strategic sourcing agreements that save our universities more than $15.7 million.
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  • Barbara McFadden Allen on: Is College Worth It?

    Feb 03, 2017
    In Is College Worth It? Experts Pick Sides, Barbara McFadden Allen, Big Ten Academic Alliance Executive Director, joins a discussion with chancellors, college presidents, and CEOs to debate the return of investment on a college degree.
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  • Mark Sandler wins 2017 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

    Feb 02, 2017
    Mark Sandler, former Big Ten Academic Alliance Director of Library Initiatives, has been awarded the 2017 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award.
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