- In 2018, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) established the Canadian Collective Print Strategy Working Group (CCPSWG) to design and implement a national strategy of collective print preservation and access. (Project charter and deliverables)
- In January 2019, LAC and CARL sent a joint letter to CARL member libraries to solicit their participation in the first National Overlap Study (NOS) on Canadian federal publications.
- 25 Canadian libraries are currently working with LAC and the partners in the CCPSWG.
- The purpose of the NOS is to identify, track, and preserve a minimum number of copies of print federal government publications in Canada.
- The NOS is funded by Library and Archives Canada.
- The NOS is the first of its kind in Canada, and may be unique in its national scope.
- Phase 1 was completed by March 31, 2019, and consisted of uploading all the data from the participant libraries into the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) hosted by the GreenGlass analytics tool.
- Phase 2 began early in April 2019, and consists of:
- participants reviewing their data
- a retention framework (being developed) and applied to the data in GreenGlass (fall 2019)
- final weeding by participants
- data download to individual library catalogues (winter 2019)
- retention commitments will also be visible in the National Union Catalogue
Key Public Messages
- The National Overlap Study on federal government documents is a joint LAC-CARL initiative, along with 25 library partners.
- Retention commitments will be visible in the National Union Catalogue, Voilà, and Aurora, and in individual libraries’ catalogues.
Monica Fuijkschot, Director General, Published Heritage Branch