On December 16, 2021, members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) voted unanimously to admit the University of Arkansas (U-Ark) as the newest member of the association. U-Ark is the first new member to join ASERL since 2011, for a total of 38 institutional members in 12 states. ASERL is one of the largest of regional research library consortia in the United States. ASERL focuses much attention on professional development — including diversity, equity, and inclusion issues — and building large-scale shared print library collections, as well as a very active resource sharing community.
“Many people in ASERL libraries have long and highly-trusted connections with the fine people working at the University of Arkansas,” commented Tim Pyatt, ASERL’s Board President and Dean of ZSR Library at Wake Forest University. “Including U-Ark as part of ASERL’s membership and programming was a very natural extension of our work together. We are very pleased to count them among our ranks.”
Added Jason Battles, Dean of Libraries at University of Arkansas, “I’m fairly new to this post, but even before I arrived my staff had been exploring the possibility of joining ASERL. I was familiar with ASERL from my previous positions, so I know the top-notch quality of their programming. I believe the University Libraries’ collections, initiatives, and interests will make this new relationship beneficial for ASERL and the University of Arkansas for years to come.”
The University of Arkansas Libraries provide access to more than 3.7 million volumes and more than 232,000 journals. The Libraries offer research assistance, study spaces, computer labs with printing and scanning, interlibrary loan and delivery services, and cultural exhibits and events.