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Libraries dean elected ASERL president

Jul 18, 2013 6:19 AM
USC Libraries Dean Tom McNally has been elected incoming president of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). The election took place at the ASERL Spring 2013 Annual Meeting held April 23 - 24 in Memphis, Tennessee.

"ASERL is exceptional in the world of associations,” McNally said. “The core of ASERL is collaboration. We are not a group of leaders and followers. Together we determine our agenda and we share equally in the work and rewards. I am proud to have the chance to serve this organization.”

For more than 50 years, ASERL has brought together leaders from research, federal and state libraries in the region to foster a high standard of library excellence through inter-institutional resource sharing and other collaborative efforts. Today, ASERL is the largest regional research library consortium in the United States. By working together, ASERL members continue to provide and maintain top-quality resources and services for the students, faculty and citizens of their respective communities.

USC Libraries participates in several ASERL programs, including the Collaborative Federal Depository Program Center of Excellence for United States Department of Education (1979-current) materials, a program that seeks to provide workable solutions to address the increasing cost of managing, preserving and providing access to large collections of federal government publications through the creation of several comprehensive collections known as Centers of Excellence. Earlier this year, USC Libraries joined ASERL’s Collaborative Print Journal Repository Program, which seeks to optimize collection management and create one of the largest print journal repositories in the United States.

Other ASERL member libraries include those at Duke University, Emory University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Vanderbilt University.