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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1) Tell us about your work in your library? In June 2020, right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, I started working for the Florida International University (FIU) Libraries […]
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Hot off the presses! The January 2024 edition of “ASERL Insider” is now available.  Read about recent updates to ASERL’s Strategic Framework, important changes to our membership criteria, highlights from […]
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January 10, 2024 – ATLANTA — The membership of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) recently voted overwhelmingly to modify the criteria for membership in the Association.  This is […]
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Snippet: "ASERL Ahead 2027" Strategic Framework
On November 29, 2023 ASERL members overwhelmingly adopted a new strategic framework to guide the Association’s programming for the 2024-2027 time period.  Called “ASERL Ahead – 2027,” the new framework […]
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ASERL'S Core Programs

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Accessibility
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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ASERL Newsletter

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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Triad Black Lives Matter Collection — UNC Greensboro

The purpose of the Triad Black Lives Matters Collection is to document the BLM movement, police brutality protests, and race relations in the Triad area of North Carolina. The collection contains digital photographs and video footage relating to the Black Lives Matter movement and the George Floyd protests.

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