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Digitizing and cataloging a corporate annual reports collection: a Canadian perspective
Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship
  • Alie Visser, Western University
  • Elizabeth Marshall, Western University
  • Joyce Cheung, Western University
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Corporate annual reports provide a snapshot of a company's operations and financial status. Reviewing and comparing years of annual reports can provide a rich history of knowledge on a corporation. Preserving, storing, and digitizing Canadian annual reports has been a mission of the C.B. “Bud” Johnston Library in London, Ontario, Canada. In late 2019 when Western Libraries migrated to a new library services platform, Alma, there was a new opportunity to catalog and provide access to the digitized annual reports collection. This article describes a decade long plan to digitize the print collection by library staff and a subsequent project to provide online access to the digitized content. Included is a discussion of cataloging methods, staffing, training, inventory control, and hosting solutions.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianshipon May 5, 2022, available at: DOI:

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Alie Visser, Elizabeth Marshall and Joyce Cheung. "Digitizing and cataloging a corporate annual reports collection: a Canadian perspective" Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship (2022) p. 1 - 19
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