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To support scholarly research efforts within the Southeastern Conference, Auburn University’s Dean of Libraries Bonnie MacEwan has joined library deans from the other SEC universities in a commitment to sharing in a new ways Auburn’s institutional collections with other conference schools.

During a recent meeting of SEC library deans at the SEC office in Birmingham, the group discussed ways their universities could collaborate beyond existing practices, such as the Interlibrary Loan Code. As a result, this agreement gives individuals access to print and digital resources at other conference university libraries upon request and at no charge. SEC requests will be given priority, and loan periods will match what the lending library allows for its local undergraduate students.

While SEC university libraries collectively house nearly 60 million volumes, each university has one-of-a-kind collections that will now be available to all SEC faculty, staff and students.

This most recent initiative is one of several collaborative efforts in the SEC. The SEC Faculty Travel Program supports faculty travel between SEC universities in the areas of research and the arts. Also, SEC students may access education abroad programs offered at any SEC university via a cooperative agreement. Each of these initiatives is administered by SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference.