Bringing Research Libraries in the Region Together for 65+ Years

ASERL is a leader in research library cooperation, providing important programs and services to support our member libraries, to the scholarly process, and to the library profession. Founded in 1956, ASERL has a long, proud — and sometimes very colorful — history. ASERL is based at Emory University Libraries in Atlanta, but our staff is remote — and we travel frequently — so you never know where you might run into one of us!

We always welcome ideas for new programming and constructive critique of our work — please feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance.

ASERL’s Mission Statement

ASERL advances southeastern research libraries by enabling collaboration, sharing knowledge, fostering innovation, and building community.

ASERL’s Vision Statement

Forging alliances and supporting advances that keep libraries at the center of the educational and research mission of our universities.

ASERL’s Values Statement

  1. We collaborate and foster collegiality and best practices among the research libraries of the southeast
  2. We exceed expectations by building upon traditional strengths and responding to rapidly changing research technologies
  3. We provide leadership for developing staff and programs to keep libraries at the core of teaching, technology, and research activities at our universities
  4. We work collectively toward creating a more equitable and inclusive environment

Meet the ASERL Staff & Board

Meet our staff and learn about their passions.

Get to Know Our Members

Learn more about our 38 Members across 11 states


Oral histories commemorating ASERL's past

ASERL Governance & Policy

Bylaws, Membership Criteria, Policies and more

Mailing Lists / List Servs

Check out our public mailing lists

Library Management Platforms

Library Technology Guides maintains a list of Library Management Platforms used by ASERL Libraries


The ASERL office is based at Emory University in Atlanta. Each ASERL staff person has years of diverse expertise working in different types of libraries — and other organizations — bringing a wealth of talent and skills to the benefit of our member libraries.

John Burger

John Burger
Executive Director

Elaina Norlin,
Professional Development
Program Coordinator

Rebeca Crist

Rebecca Crist,
Shared Collection Resources
Program Coordinator


Gale Etschmaier

Gale Etschmaier
Dean of Libraries
Florida State University

Jeff Steely
Dean of Libraries
Georgia State University

Christopher Cox

Past President
Chris Cox
Dean of Libraries
Clemson University

Doug Way

Doug Way
Dean of Libraries
University of Kentucky

Irene Herold

Member At-Large
Irene Herold 
Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
Virginia Commonwealth University

Leslie Sharp

Member At-Large
Leslie Sharp
Dean of Libraries
Georgia Tech

Headshot of Jason Battles wearing a blue suit and red tie posing in front of library stacks.

Member At-Large
Jason Battles
Dean of Libraries
University of Arkansas

ASERL Board of Directors, 2023-2024

ASERL's 2023-2024 Board of Directors

L to R: Jeff Steely, Georgia State University; Leslie Sharp, Georgia Tech; Irene Herold, Virginia Commonwealth University; Chris Cox, Clemson University; Jason Battles, University of Arkansas; Gale Etschmaier, Florida State University; Doug Way, University of Kentucky

ASERL's Annual Reports

ASERL has published Annual Reports starting in 2014 to inform our community of our impact, achievements, and goals. These reports provide a quick snapshot of the programs, services, and other benefits provided to ASERL member institutions and to the profession at large.