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Ontario university partnership aims to preserve scholarly materials

Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 9:38 AM | By John Chunn


Five university libraries in Ontario (the University of Ottawa, Western University, Queen's, University of Toronto and McMaster) are participating in the Keep@Downsview partnership, which is a shared last print copy repository project at the U of T's high density storage facility in Downsview.

The project aims to consolidate and rationalize low-use print materials held by the partner libraries and ensure long-term preservation of these important scholarly materials in Ontario, while still providing access via document delivery and interlibrary loans (ILL).

In doing so, each of the partner institutions demonstrates its commitment to the stewardship of print collections for future generations while repurposing valuable space on campus.

The five libraries also quickly established the goals of the project and agreed to four key principles:

  • The project strives to save costs while maintaining access to a principal research collection by sharing in the responsibility of storing and maintaining one shared preservation print copy at the Downsview facility.

  • The project includes both journals and monographs.

  • All materials in Downsview are low-demand materials, as determined by the participating institutions.

  • All institutions share ownership of the materials they transfer.