Mailing List Message #114879
From: Cliff Lynch <>
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Subject: Big 10 Academic Alliance Libraries To Collectively Manage A Single Common Collection
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 22:53:00 -0500
There was an important announcement from the Big Ten Academic Alliance, basically (as I read it) committing the member libraries to move towards managing the collections of the members as a single giant common collection. This is an incredibly complex undertaking (as is well documented in the announcement) but promises huge benefits to the participants and their user communities. See

This follows on a whole series of key strategic collaboration agreements from the Big Ten group, notably their work over the past couple of years on Special Collection interlibrary loan policy.

I hope that we will be able to explore these developments in more detail as part of an upcoming CNI meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI
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