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Shared Print Archive Network (SPAN)

The Council of Prairie and Pacific Libraries' Shared Print Archive Network (SPAN) is a distributed retrospective print repository program. SPAN's main goals are to provide access to shared print archives, create opportunities for the reallocation of library space, and preserve the print record for its members in a cost-effective way. Rather than thinking about the project in terms of preserving the "last copy," this partnership emphasizes the role of the archived print as part of an optimal copy network that includes other print archiving initiatives.

22 of COPPUL's full members have agreed to consolidate and validate print journal backfiles at major library storage facilities and selected campus locations. Selection of titles for inclusion in SPAN will be made using a risk management framework: journals will be categorized as Low- , Moderate- , or Higher-Risk based on their availability electronically, rarity, and relevance to the region (Western Canada).

The COPPUL Shared Print Archive Network Member Agreement outlines the governance of the initiative, as well as the contributions and responsibilities expected from each participating library.

Standing Committee 

Phase 6 Working Group

Indigenous Historical Publications Working Group

List of Participating Libraries

  • Athabasca University
  • Brandon University
  • Capilano University
  • Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • MacEwan University
  • Mount Royal University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Trinity Western University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Winnipeg
  • Vancouver Island University


Phase Six - Western Topographical Maps

Phase Five - At-Risk Western Serials

Phase Four - Statistics Canada Print Publications 1918 - 1971

Phase Three - High Risk Print Journals

Phase Two - Mid and High Risk Print Journals

Phase One - Widely Held Print Journals

Reports to Directors

Publications and Presentations

For more information, contact:

Doug Brigham
SPAN Coordinator