Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Launch of North: The Canadian Shared Print Network

A partnership between  Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC), and regional academic library consortia recently launched North: The Canadian Shared Print Network.

It is a national initiative to coordinate the evaluation and identification of uniquely held print materials, and the securing of long-term retention commitments to protect against the risk of loss of those unique titles.

On the website, one can read a brief description of existing print preservation initiatives and the network's project streams (monographs published by Canadian University Presses; Indigenous works; scarce government documents).

Earlier Library Boy posts on the topic include:

  • @Risk North Summary Report on Shared Print Preservation Programs (February 13, 2018): "As libraries witness increasing demand for online resources and dwindling circulation of print holdings, while simultaneously confronting budget and space pressures, it can be challenging to remain committed to sustaining academic libraries’ print collections. Cooperative approaches to acquiring, storing, preserving, and managing the reduction of print collections are gaining traction, employing a variety of models that seek to distribute the expense and responsibility while creating value for all parties." 
  • Final Report on Creation of National Shared Print Network in Canada (September 16, 2020): "A joint working group of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has released its final report with recommendations on the creation of a collective shared print program across Canadian libraries. The Canadian Collective Print Strategy Working Group made up of representatives from key academic, public, and government libraries, and from regional consortia makes thirteen recommendations for the successful establishment of a national shared print network in Canada..."

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