Fonds UR-024 - Mount Saint Vincent University Library and Archives fonds

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Mount Saint Vincent University Library and Archives fonds

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  • 1862-2023, predominant 1951-2023 (Creation)
    Mount Saint Vincent University. Library and Archives

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4.75 m of textual records

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Located in the E. Margaret Fulton Communications Centre since 1989, Mount Saint Vincent University’s Library serves as a physical and virtual environment that supports and contributes to MSVU’s research community.

The Library engages in a number of outreach and scholarly activities, including: offering LIBR2100: Library Research, a course designed to equip students with effective information literacy; maintaining the MSVU E-Commons, a repository of scholarly materials produced at MSVU; facilitating instructional sessions and workshops to promote academic integrity; and building community partnerships through the Learning Commons model. MSVU’s Library also contains one of the strongest 2SLGBTQI+ collections in Atlantic Canada in the Women’s Studies collection.

On January 18, 1974, the President’s Administrative Committee determined that a university archives should be established at MSVU, and since then an archives section has operated under the direction of the University Librarian. The MSVU Archives houses the institutional records of Mount Saint Vincent College and University, including faculty and alumnae collections, as well as select community records pertaining to social justice issues.

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The Mount Saint Vincent University Library and Archives fonds consists of records pertaining to and accrued by MSVU’s Library and Archives. Fonds contains administrative records, including information on building management, written histories of the Library, newsletters and bulletins, annual reports, surveys produced by the Library, licence agreements, cataloguing information, circulation statistics, acquisitions, purchases, and budgets as well as collective agreements.

Fonds also consists of meeting minutes and notes from various internal and external committees and associations the Library has participated in, including the Novanet Management Committee, the Senate Library Committee, CanCopy, the Faculty Association, Internet Society, and College and University Systems Exchange (CAUSE). Records contain library associations as well, including the Association of Atlantic University Librarians’ Council (AAULC), the American Library Association (ALA), the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) among others.

Fonds also consists of records pertaining to staff, including general information on positions and staffing as well as materials from previous University Librarians and Collections Librarians. Fonds also contains correspondence between various library staff with MSVU faculty members, administrators, and other staff.

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Records were transferred from the Library to the MSVU Archives in multiple accessions from 1984 to 2024.


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  • English

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  • Arabic

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Copyright Mount Saint Vincent University Archives.

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Further accruals are expected.

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Accession numbers: 1984-88; 1984-114; 1986-19; 1988-29; 1989-59; 1990-24; 1991-123; 1994-9; 1994-28; 1994-62; 1997-20; 1998-19; 1999-21; 2002-32; 2003-36; 2003-39; 2003-92; 2003-95; 2003-98; 2003-102; 2003-111; 2003-113; 2004-42; 2004-44; 2004-46; 2004-47; 2004-77; 2004-78; 2004-90; 2005-04; 2005-18; 2005-37; 2005-38; 2005-59; 2005-127; 2005-141; 2005-144; 2005-146; 2006-15; 2006-61; 2006-64; 2006-90; 2006-102; 2007-13; 2007-17; 2007-27; 2007-53; 2007-56; 2007-60; 2007-61; 2007-70; 2007-81; 2007-96; 2007-119; 2007-122; 2008-09; 2008-11; 2008-23; 2008-25; 2008-27; 2008-28; 2008-30; 2008-35; 2008-37; 2008-45; 2008-47; 2008-50; 2008-60; 2024-01

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Created: LMORRISON 2024-01-02

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