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August 2019
New Position to Champion Diversity
and Professional Development

At the 2019 ASERL Annual Meeting in Reston, Virginia in May, ASERL deans and directors endorsed a new action plan for diversity-related programming.  In June, ASERL members voted overwhelmingly to fund a new full-time ASERL staff person to expand professional development programming and lead these DEI initiatives.   The position is now posted online, and a Search Committee is reviewing applications.  Interviews are expected to begin in the next few weeks.

A Solemn Commemoration
400 Years in the Making

The ASERL Special Collections Interest Group is currently working to curate a collaborative online exhibit recognizing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans sold into bondage in the English Colonies. This date, in 1619, is regarded as the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in North America.

The exhibit will document the history of enslaved people in the Southeast and will include material related to any aspect of enslavement. The exhibit will also explore the legacy of slavery by including documents and images related to convict lease labor and Jim Crow. So far, we have received exhibit items from 27 ASERL member institutions. If you would still like to submit material, please e-mail Suzan Alteri, Jessica Perkins Smith, or Tanya Zanish-Belcher.

BTAA and ASERL Launch
Library Accessibility Partnership
The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and he Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) have entered into a two-year partnership to advance accessibility for library electronic resources, with the goal of providing equal access to information for all library users. Since 2016, the BTAA has been conducting third-party evaluations of electronic resource platforms and collections, publicly posting the evaluations for review by vendors and libraries.  As part of the partnership, ASERL and BTAA librarians will work together to increase the accessibility testing work, and to conduct an analysis on the effectiveness and impact of the testing on vendor electronic resources.  The partnership will also explore other accessibility initiatives where they can partner effectively.
Print Journal Collection Analysis
Is Underway!

ASERL has contracted with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) to analyze the print journal holdings from 34 of ASERL’s 38 libraries.  The data will provide information about unique and rare items, titles that are widely-held within the group, and completeness of title runs.  This information will be used to suggest additional titles that can be retained as part of the Scholars Trust Print Journal Archive.  For more information about upcoming deliverables, please see the project webpage.

Other News & Tips

ASERL Sponsors Diversity Conferences
ASERL is proud to be a Hero-level sponsor of the IDEAL’19 Conference, August 6-7 in Columbus, Ohio.  Later in the month, ASERL is co-sponsor of the 2019 Library Diversity and Residency Studies Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina. 
Sharing Special Collections via ILL
ASERL has endorsed guidelines for how libraries might share special collections items via specialized ILL procedures.  In a recent webinar,  Ohio State shared information on how they implemented these guidelines.
Watch It Here
Digital Scholarship Show & Tell
ASERL has hosted ten “Digital Scholarship Show & Tell” webinars over the past year.  Want to share your work in this arena in a future webinar?  Contact John Burger to volunteer.
VOLUNTEER

ASERL on the Road

 
ASERL Exec John Burger continues his mission to build rapport across ASERL libraries, with a focus on newly-appointed deans and directors. In April, he stopped by UNC Charlotte; in May visited Auburn University with ASERL Board Member Don Gilstrap.  
 
Next stops: University of Memphis, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, and Wake Forest University in August.  TBD:  A visit to University of Kentucky in the Fall. 


Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)
Robert W. Woodruff Library
540 Asbury Circle, Suite 316
Atlanta, GA 30322-1006
Telephone: 404-727-0137


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