Content Development & Analysis

Students reading in the lounge at Frost Library - used as the header image for the CDA website

Content Development & Analysis (CDA) is the library department dedicated to building and curating high quality, accessible and multidisciplinary collections that enable innovative research and teaching. The CDA team is committed to ensuring that our community has the broadest possible access to this content, whether through advocating for fair and appropriate licensing terms, or through strategic investment in sustainable models for open access and open data content.

CDA advances excellence in research, teaching, and learning at York University through:

Content Purchases
CDA welcomes suggestions for purchase from the York community. Requests can be made using our Suggestion for Purchases form. All suggestions are reviewed with consideration given to cost, availability and relevance to the Libraries’ collection development policy and the University’s curricular needs.

Electronic Resources:  Licensing and Access
As the unit responsible for licensing and facilitating campus-wide access to scholarly content, the CDA team can provide assistance with understanding the licensing and terms of use of our licensed content, and with technical or troubleshooting issues with electronic resources.

Challenged Materials
The CDA team is committed to building research collections that represent a variety of subjects, viewpoints and perspectives. Community members who have concerns about any item in the Libraries’ collection should first read YUL’s Challenged Materials Policy.

Library statements: new course proposals or cyclical program reviews
CDA also consults with faculty members in need of a library statement to accompany new course proposal as well as playing a role in cyclical program reviews.