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Abstract

Keep@Downsview is a shared print partnership between six Canadian academic institutions. This article describes the evolution of the partnership from what began as simply an operationally focused collaboration for shared preservation space, in order to release collections space in on-campus libraries, to a partnership that is involved in the larger shared print discussions in North America and which has refocused its strategic directions enabling a more intentional evolution of the partnership.

Four strategic directions were identified prior to the outbreak of the pandemic. Since the onset of Covid-19 it has become apparent that several influencing factors related to the pandemic could present opportunities for reconsidering the identified strategic directions and how we may wish to implement them. To ensure we fully capitalize on the opportunities presented, members from all partner schools will engage in a visioning exercise that will inform development of our next iteration of the strategic directions.

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