As part of our continuing effort to share information with the campus community, the University Library is pleased to update you on the Keep@Downsview program. The program, announced in 2017, is a collaboration of five Ontario research-intensive universities to ensure that low-demand print materials are available for research and study for generations to come.
Over the past year, with support from the Provost’s Strategic Alignment Fund, the Library has been laying the groundwork to move our participation forward, informed by analysis of the Library’s collections and their usage patterns.
In our current work, we are reviewing print serials collections, beginning with science and engineering journals located in Mills and selected portions of the Thode storage collection.
We are also examining older books from the social sciences, with an emphasis on our existing storage collection. Higher-use books currently in storage will return to the shelves in the campus libraries, and low-use volumes from both storage and the libraries will become part of the Keep@Downsview preservation collection.
It is important to remember that we are considering only a sub-set of books for the preservation collection: specifically, titles that the Library has owned for 10 or more years with no history of being checked out.
All materials that the University Library places in the Keep@Downsview collection remain fully available to the McMaster community. Journal articles and book chapters will be delivered rapidly as PDFs, and books will be retrieved on request through the library catalogue, both supported by our existing services.
The Library will continue to share information with the campus community as work on the preservation collection progresses. You can find additional background on Keep@Downsview and the Library's overall plans for the program on our website. Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact Wade Wyckoff, Associate University Librarian, Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org.