Thursday, September 10, 2009

Modernization? at Library and Archives Canada

I'm feeling quite concerned about the piece entitled 'Modernization' that the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Daniel J. Caron, posted on-line yesterday.

Message from the Librarian and Archivist of Canada: Modernization
9 September, 2009.

Library and Archives Canada has already had a moratorium on purchasing new materials - which seems to me affects LAC current and future reference services, particularly vital in a country as geographically 'challenged' as Canada - and now, we see the demise of the Portrait Gallery of Canada.

I'm very surprised to see him write, for example, that "Our relevance in the medium and long term is also called into question in this new environment" when Canadian archivists and librarians, and Library and Archives Canada itself, have continuously led in worldwide digital initiatives for acquisition, preservation and access.

I'll take a day to think about this though. In the meantime, I'm very interested in any comments you may have.

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