Launching a Shared Print Program at the National Level
Building “Strength in Community” is certainly a goal for Shared Print programs worldwide. Shared print involves the evaluation of holdings across library collections, the identification of scarcely held materials, and the securing of long-term retention commitments to protect against the risk of loss of rare titles. With the recent launch of North: the Canadian Shared Print Network/ Nord: Réseau canadien de conservation partagée des documents imprimés, large-scale collaborative efforts across libraries in different sectors will be implemented to ensure that the full scope of Canadian published heritage will be better preserved collectively. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the foundation and governance of the national network, potential benefits of Shared Print projects, work completed to date, and goals for the coming year. Progress on the three priority project streams, namely Government Documents, Indigenous Works, and Canadiana, will be outlined and possibilities for library involvement discussed. The Steering Committee’s direction with regard to making recommendations for decolonizing description across projects will be described. Through ongoing communication and consultation, and the implementation of a broad retention network that fosters increased access to library materials by making connections across formats, North/Nord anticipates strengthening trust and cooperation across libraries in academic, public, and government spheres.