Articulating research library value through cross-sectoral collaboration: a view from Canada
In 2016, Library and Archives Canada convened a Summit on the Value of Libraries, Archives and Museums in a Changing World, which explored the social and economic value of galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs). The Ottawa Declaration was proposed by the Librarian and Archivist of Canada and adopted unanimously by Summit participants; it promotes activities meant to leverage the full value of libraries, archives, and museums to Canadian citizens by increasing collaboration, developing innovative programs, and, expanding access to collections.
Soon afterwards, the archives, museums, and library associations of British Columbia signed an MOU to work together to uphold mutual values of intellectual and ethical integrity; equal rights and dignity of all persons; freedom of speech and inquiry; respect and recognition of Indigenous peoples; and, commitment to using shared capacity for research and education for the betterment of British Columbians.
This presentation will explore how recent cross-sectorial commitments are providing context to research libraries in Canada for articulating their value, as their parent universities commit more deeply to civic and community engagement as a central institutional mission. Examples will be drawn from local initiatives to illustrate paradigms for new and emerging methods of demonstrating the value of research libraries.