Minnesota Daily Profiles the CIC

Feb 26, 2010

A profile of the CIC and the University of Minnesota's participation in the consortium appeared in the Feb. 24 edition of the Minnesota Daily, the campus student newspaper.

The article provides an overview of the CIC's mission and efforts, including saving money through cooperative purchasing; leveraging resources to share assets, such as courses or library materials; and its members ability to address and solve complex problems unique to large-scale, top-tier research universities.

The article quotes both Barbara McFadden Allen, CIC Director, and Tom Sullivan, Minnesota's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

"The CIC is probably the most prestigious academic grouping of universities in the country,” said Sullivan. “Many other universities have attempted to create their own version of the CIC, and I don’t know that any have been as successful as ours.”

The Feb. 24 feature follows a Minnesota Daily article from earlier in the week that mentioned the CIC libraries' mass digitization efforts and its partnership with Google to digitize up to 10 million volumes. The article provides an in-depth account of Minnesota's participation in mass digitization and assesses its vast impact on scholarship.

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