2, April 2017) Strength in Numbers: Building a Consortial Cooperative Cataloging Partnership, the BTAA
developed a pilot program among its cataloging units to match cataloging expertise at one institution with cataloging needs at another, allowing collections that might otherwise remain hidden in backlogs to be made available at the institutional level and, through ILL and union catalogs, to the world at large.
One example is the Big Ten Academic Alliance's (BTAA
) work with e-resource accessibility.
In response to this challenge, the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Geospatial Data Project began in 2015 to provide discoverability, facilitate access, and connect scholars to geospatial resources.
The CIC, now called the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), is the academic consortium of the universities in the Big Ten Conference.
The project launched the public BTAA Geoportal in August 2016 with over 2,600 metadata records describing datasets from 21 governmental GIS data portals and university scanned map repositories.
The infrastructure of the BTAA provides a helpful mechanism for financial contributions as all institutions have experience transferring funds to the consortium for collaborative licensing and other projects.
Collaborative licensing is not a new concept at the UM as most campuses participate in licenses brokered by consortia, such as Minitex (a local tri-state library cooperative), the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA
; formerly the CIC), NorthEast Research Libraries (NERL), and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).
Early partners with Google, especially the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) universities (then known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation), (2) worked with Google to prioritize digitization of federal documents beginning in 2005, and were later joined by additional Google library partners such as the University of California and Cornell University.
Among these are ASERL's (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries) Centers of Excellence for cataloging documents, (8) TRAIL's digitization program, BTAA's digitization progress in Google partnerships, and the University of California's FedDocArc project to archive print and digital versions of federal documents.