Enhance Scholarship and Research

Faculty in the Big Ten Academic Alliance have unparalleled access to scholarly resources and collaborative opportunities.  

  • Big Ten Academic Alliance/HathiTrust Digital Repository: Known to scholars worldwide, Big Ten Academic Alliance library collections reflect decades of careful investment. The Big Ten Academic Alliance Library Directors have capitalized on these distinctive resources by co-founding the Big Ten Academic Alliance/HathiTrust Digital Repository that, upon completion, will provide faculty, students and staff with secure access to an online library containing digitized versions of legacy print collections. More about the Big Ten Academic Alliance/HathiTrust Digital Repository
  • Google Book Project: In 2007, the Big Ten Academic Alliance entered into an agreement with Google to digitize as many as 10 million volumes across all Big Ten Academic Alliance library systems. This project represents one of the largest cooperative ventures of its kind in higher education; one that will enable Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions to preserve a vast realm of legacy content and make material available worldwide within just a few years. More about Google Book Search Project
  • Reciprocal borrowing agreements: Big Ten Academic Alliance faculty have borrowing privileges at any Big Ten Academic Alliance member library either in person or through a request for delivery. More about Reciprocal Borrowing
  • Scholarly communication:  Protecting intellectual property rights is an important consideration, as many authors unwittingly sign away all control over their creative output. The Big Ten Academic Alliance encourages contract language that ensures that academic authors retain certain rights. More about Scholarly Communication
  • IT support for collaborative research: : In support of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Provosts' strategic priority to enable strategies and infrastructure to connect researchers and faculty, the Big Ten Academic Alliance Chief Information Officers have focused their collaborative efforts in three areas: network, data storage services and identity and access management.  More about IT Support for Collaborative Research