The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) has selected Aisha Harvey, Head of Collection Development at Duke University’s Perkins Library, to serve as the organization’s first Visiting Program Officer (VPO). Ms. Harvey will lead the development of a cooperative print journal retention program for ASERL member libraries. Her work with ASERL will be a six-month assignment, starting October 2, 2010.
Ms. Harvey has significant experience in designing and implementing the Single-Copy Agreement between Duke University and other research libraries in the Research Triangle. “She has both the hands-on knowledge and the political savvy needed to craft workable agreements between multiple institutions. I think she is a terrific fit for this assignment with ASERL,” commented John Burger, ASERL’s Executive Director.
In April 2010, ASERL released a draft proposal for a collaborative journal retention program within member libraries. The draft proposal is being reviewed by an Interim Steering Committee that has representation from nearly two dozen ASERL members. Ms. Harvey will devote a portion of her work time to serve as the project leader to refine the proposal, secure final approval from ASERL library directors, and undertake initial implementation activities. She will remain at Duke University during this assignment, with occasional travel to ASERL’s offices and relevant meetings and conferences on an as-needed basis.
Ms. Harvey noted that “ASERL is uniquely positioned to make sure future researchers in the region can inherit a thoughtfully designed print archive of our collective assets. I look forward to working with my ASERL colleagues to guarantee that along with optimized on-site library spaces, our research collections remain strong, diverse and protected.”