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The Big Ten Academic Alliance Collective Collection:
Leveraging a Legacy to Shape Our Shared Future



Cooperative collection development (CCD) in the U.S. has existed for more than a century with a substantial body of projects, documentation, and conferences that together explore both the potential and failings of coordinated projects to deliver on sustained and successful models. The advent of digitized collections and electronic content has afforded new opportunities for consortia and other domain-specific groups to expand CCD efforts. More recently large scale meta-projects such as Google Books and the HathiTrust Digital Library have broadened the definition of CCD to move beyond ownership as a hallmark of collection management and long-term strategy.

The 2017 Big Ten Academic Alliance Library Conference will explore how member research libraries can move from legacy CCD activities to a more holistic environment that leverages robust discovery, digitization, delivery, and shared service environments to advance and shape the collective collection. With a trust relationship shaped from over 50 years of coordinated action in the BTAA libraries, the conference will build from current activities such as coordinated licensing and shared print storage to explore:

Alignment of prospective collection building
Expanded digitization activities
Coordinated technical services
Robust preservation infrastructure
Sophisticated resource sharing and delivery systems
Strategic partnerships that advance collective goal

Program Planning Committee: Rebecca Richardson (Purdue); Bryan Skib (Michigan); D.J. Hoek (Northwestern); Tom Teper (Illinois); Karla Strieb (Ohio State)