A group of individuals responsible for the oversight and coordination of US based area studies collections and staff at their respective home universities has recently launched the IASC21 blog.
Institutions currently represented in the International and Area Studies Collections In the 21st Century (IASC21) group include: the Center for Research Libraries, Columbia University, Duke University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Indiana University, Marquette University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley. University of California at Los Angeles, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Kansas, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, University of Washington and Yale University.
From the blog:
In particular, we are pleased to announce the IASC21 “Issue Briefs,” which focus on specific themes, highlighting opportunities and innovative approaches that may have broader applicability across the community.
I’m looking forward to following these discussions! The blog also includes workshop reports from 2010-2013:
2010 Workshop Report [monographic distribution]
2011 Workshop Report [serial distribution]
2012 Workshop Report [library specialization]
2013 Workshop Report [assessment and communication]