Association of Southeastern Research Libraries

ASERL brings together leaders from research libraries in the region to foster a high standard of library excellence through professional development, inter-institutional resource sharing, and other important collaborations. For more than 65 years, ASERL has been a trusted home for numerous innovative programs and events that provide tremendous benefit to our membership.

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ATLANTA — OCTOBER 17, 2023 — Today the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) published its 2023 Annual Report, highlighting key accomplishments for the prior year. Headlining the report is […]
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ASERL staffers John Burger and Elaina Norlin will be attending the 2023 Charleston Library conference, and we hope to see a lot of colleagues and friends while there!  Here are […]
Read More We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Karen Manning for blazing a trail as the inaugural ASERL Visiting Program Officer for the BIPOC Professional Development Events. Her […]
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How was your summer?  Despite the heat, Team ASERL had a busy, energizing summer hosting numerous events and connecting with so many great colleagues, old and new.  Read all about […]
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ASERL'S Core Programs

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ASERL and its member libraries have long supported equitable access to information resources, and strive to build collections, services, and spaces that are easy for all users to use.
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Special Collections
ASERL’s Special Collections Interest Group, established in 2017, brings together special collections professionals and libraries, in particular for improving access to rare and unique materials, developing shared digital collections, and expanding professional development.
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Scholarly Communications
Scholarly communications covers a broad range of activities, including the many different ways the results of scholarly research is organized and shared with others, the evolving role of copyright and fair use, and the drive to ‘open’ -- the removal of fee-based barriers to information.
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Shared Print Archiving
ASERL is a leader in developing innovative shared print library collections, via programs within our membership and through numerous partnerships. These programs undergird the durability of the scholarly record.
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Resource Sharing
ASERL members provide priority, no-fee inter-library resource sharing services. Numerous options have recently emerged that allow patrons to have even faster, easier access to content held at another ASERL library.
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Our periodic newsletter will inform you about upcoming opportunities, ASERL news, upcoming webinars, and more.

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Special Collections

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Carnival Collection: Floats and Costumes — Tulane University

TULANE UNIVERSITY — Fantastical floats and colorful costumes have become a hallmark of Mardi Gras parades, but did you know these Carnival traditions date back well over a century? Tulane’s Louisiana Research Collection preserves possibly the largest collection of New Orleans Carnival paper items, and the digital Carnival Collection features more than 5,500 original float and costume designs. Most are from Carnival’s “Golden Age” (the 1870s through the 1940s) with about three hundred designs from 1950 to 1970.

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Kenneth Frederick Marsh Photograph Collection — University of South Carolina

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA — The photographs of Kenneth Frederick Marsh (d. 1968) were used to illustrate the following books by photographer Marsh and his wife, Blanche Marsh: Historic Flat Rock (North Carolina), Plantation Heritage, Robert Mills, and The New South, Greenville, S.C. The photographs and negatives depict historic and modern homes, public buildings, textile mills, churches, and scenes of South Carolina and Flat Rock, N.C. Many of the photographs are unpublished.

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ASERL members are the leading research libraries in 12 states across the region, providing critical information infrastructure for their universities and communities.