How does Western Libraries balance the need to support current academic programs and research while addressing the value of the historical collection?
Western Libraries' collection includes a large modern research collection as well as many historically valuable items. Stewarding these collections held in the same space is challenging and we recognize the importance of this work.
The research collections are managed in a way that is responsive to changing academic needs and optimally serves the current programs and research agendas of our university community. We are also committed to stewardship of our valued historical collections to ensure they will be available for future scholarship. Collections maintenance, preservation, and storage policies have been developed to guide this work and we are committed to revise and adjust policies and practices to address the specific needs of all parts of our collection.