For several months, members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) have been considering the benefits of locating ASERL's office within a member library to provide staff with ongoing, day-to-day contact with the people and issues research libraries encounter. At their Spring 2011 Annual Meeting, ASERL's Board and membership agreed to partner with Duke University (Durham, NC) to serve as ASERL's new host organization. ASERL's Executive Director will be located at Duke University effective July 1, 2011.
"ASERL continues to grow and provide tremendous benefits to its member libraries," commented Sarah Michalak, ASERL Board President and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "We believe moving ASERL's staff inside a research library will greatly enhance our ability to provide pragmatic, innovative programming for the future."
John Ulmschneider, ASERL's Immediate Past President and University Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University, added, "ASERL members are excited about this move, but also embrace our long-standing fruitful relationship with LYRASIS. SOLINET and LYRASIS have been key supporters of ASERL's growth, and we look forward to new opportunities for partnering with LYRASIS in the future."
Founded in 1956, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries is the largest regional academic library cooperative in the country, with 38 members in ten states. ASERL operates numerous projects designed to foster a high standard of library excellence through inter-institutional resource sharing and other collaborative efforts. 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. More information about ASERL can be found at www.aserl.org.