OTTAWA, December 16, 2015 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is pleased to announce that its project, The Student Voice, will receive funding through the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) of Library and Archives Canada.
The Student Voice will be an online portal to growing historical collections of post-secondary student newspapers, student radio archives, and other selected material, in both French and English, drawn from the holdings of CARL member libraries and student bodies across the country. A number of our members have already digitized some of this material and are interested in making this fragile, at-risk body of material available not only to students, faculty, alumni, but to all Canadians and beyond. While the first few months of the project will focus on planning and proof-of-concept, including the development of the platform with Canadiana.org, the project will ultimately encourage and support more of our members and Canadian student organizations to preserve digitally, aggregate and make accessible these hidden collections.
“Student newspapers and radio archives are expressions of contemporary issues representative of Canadian society at that time,” said CARL President Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian, Queen’s University. “The Student Voice will not only make this material accessible, but also enable CARL to build new relationships with student organizations and community organizations that hold this content.”
This project has been made possible in part by the funding provided by the Government of Canada through the DHCP, which was created in 2015 to provide financial assistance for activities that augment the visibility of and access to materials held by Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions.
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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.
For more information:
Susan Haigh, Executive Director
(613) 482-9344 ext. 101