May 17, 2022

Journal Article: “Making Shared Print Management Happen: A Project Of Five Canadian Academic Libraries”

The following article was recently published in Serials Review. We’re sharing an open access version made available on the Western University institutional repository.


Making Shared Print Management Happen: A Project Of Five Canadian Academic Libraries


Tony Horava
University of Ottawa

Harriet Rykse
University of Western Ontario

Anne Smithers
Queen’s University

Caitlin Tillman
University of Toronto

Wade Wyckoff
McMaster University


Published In: Serials Review (41.1; March 2017)

Also Available via: Scholarship@Western (Western University Institutional Repository)


Five academic libraries in Ontario (Canada) are collaborating in a shared last print copy repository project. The project, called Keep@Downsview, 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 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. This paper describes the background, rationale, challenges, and lessons learned for this unique Canadian project that leveraged funding from the province of Ontario, the University of Toronto‘s high density preservation facility at Downsview, and the commitment of all partners to preserve the scholarly record in Ontario.


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21 pages; PDF.

See Also: 2014 U. of Toronto Video

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