Report for @Risk North 2 Forum Recognizes Achievements and Opportunities in Digital Preservation Nationwide

Thursday, March 28, 2019. – The @Risk North 2: Digital Collections forum held last November provided a crucial opportunity for stakeholders across Canada to discuss investments and capacity for digital preservation initiatives in Canada’s memory institutions. The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL),Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) are pleased to announce the release of a report that presents the themes and outcomes from this event. This Report provides a critical overview of the topics discussed and opportunities identified to further strengthen Canada’s digital preservation capacity and initiatives.

Attendees and presenters at @Risk North 2 included representatives from libraries, archives, museums, and community organizations, whose presentations and insights brought to the forefront the need for increased resources and collaboration to sustain a small but active community of practitioners. Key themes ranged from the inherent changing nature of archiving in this digital age to assessing and defining acceptable risk when working with digital collections.

CARL’s Digital Preservation Working Group – a multi-stakeholder group with representation from BAnQ, the Canadian Council of Archives, Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), CRKN, LAC, Scholars Portal / Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), CARL, and several Canadian research libraries – looks forward to advancing the recommendations from this forum.

> EN: @Risk North 2 (Digital Collections): Report of the Open Forum (PDF)

> FR: Rapport sur le forum ouvert @Risk North 2: Collections numériques en péril (PDF)


CARL members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries as well as two national libraries. Enhancing research and higher education are at the heart of its mission. CARL develops the capacity to support this mission, promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is a partnership of Canadian universities, dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research and teaching enterprise in Canada. Through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers, administrators and other stakeholders in the research community, CRKN undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research and teaching capacity in Canada’s universities. For more information, visit:

Library and Archives Canada preserves and makes accessible the documentary heritage of Canada. It also serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. This heritage includes publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents.

As the largest cultural institution in Québec in terms of its attendance and diversified missions, and an essential pillar of the knowledge society, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) has the mandate to offer democratic access to culture and knowledge. To this end, it collects, preserves and promotes Québec’s and Québec-related heritage materials, and also provides the services of a major public library. For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact:
Lise Brin, Program Officer