Summary Report for @Risk North Forum Finds Significant Enthusiasm in Canada for Shared Collections

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Monday, February 12, 2018. – The organizations responsible for last November’s forum on shared collections, @Risk North (Collections en péril), are pleased to announce the release of a summary report that presents an overview of the presentations as well as the discussion outcomes from this event.

This pan-Canadian gathering of representatives from primarily academic and national libraries aimed to allow this sector to engage in a strategic discussion around the state of shared print preservation programs in Canada and beyond, from a variety of perspectives, and to begin identifying next steps in national or regional coordination. It was inspired by the Center for Research Libraries’ 2016 @Risk meeting held in Chicago in April 2016.

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) looks forward to working with existing shared print initiatives and with national and regional organizations on advancing the recommendations from this forum. By thinking and acting strategically to collectively preserve our nation’s research collections in both digital and print/analog formats, CARL is confident that our institutions can achieve a coherent and mutually beneficial strategy to benefit our current and future researchers.

> EN: Summary Report: @Risk North (Collections en péril) (PDF)

> FR: Rapport sommaire : @Risk North (Collections 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 Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports original research and inspired teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars a wealth of rare and uncommon primary source materials from all world regions.

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) 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.

The University of Toronto Libraries features 44 libraries at three campuses, which support learning, teaching and research at the University of Toronto with collections that are unparalleled in Canada in their richness and diversity, with more than 12 million volumes in 341 languages, 1,500,000 electronic resources in various formats, 28,000 linear metres of archival material and 500 terabytes of data.

For more information:
Lise Brin, Program Officer