Mr. Rob Van Rennes

Mr. Rob Van Rennes
Assistant Director, Library Initiatives
Big Ten Academic Alliance


Rob Van Rennes is currently the Assistant Director for Library Initiatives at the Big Ten Academic Alliance where he provides oversight of the licensing operations and support for various library projects including e-resource accessibility testing, reciprocal borrowing and the annual conference. Prior to joining the Big Ten Academic Alliance, Rob was the Head of the Acquisitions Department at the University of Iowa Libraries where he held multiple professional positions, including Electronic Resources Coordinator. He holds a B.A. in History, German and European Studies from the University of Northern Iowa, and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa. Throughout his professional career, he has been an active member of the American Library Association, NASIG and several publisher advisory and editorial boards.


Working Better Together: Library Collaboration at the Big Ten Academic Alliance
The Big Ten Academic Alliance strives to be the most responsive and effective framework in regards to academic partnerships and aspires to advance academic excellence through cooperation, co-investment, and collaboration. During the past 60 years this highly successful organization that currently serves 14 large research institutions in the United States, has been recognized by many as a leader in both internal and external collaboration. One of the most notable components of the consortium is the Library Initiatives team that supports numerous library programs and activities. Current efforts focus on purchasing and licensing e-resource content, the UBorrow interlibrary loan program, accessibility testing of vendor e-resources, a shared print repository program, and cooperative cataloging among others. This presentation will cover the three primary objectives of the Library Initiatives team and provide examples of how the staff fulfills their goals through the support of specific member programs. In addition, the presenter will provide insight into what steps can be taken by a consortium and the individual members to make their organization successful and more likely to achieve their objectives.