The Terms of Agreement between LAC and Canadiana, obtained through an ATI request and and dated May of this year, have now been made public by Michael Geist. Also released was what Geist describes as an internal LAC document indicating, among other things, LAC’s knowledge that certain…
It emerged recently that Library and Archives Canada, the troubled institution tasked with safeguarding Canada’s documentary heritage and government records for future generations, has resorted to hiring information professionals on an emergency basis through a number of Ottawa-area temp agencies….
Sorry for the lack of updates, folks! Here’s something that might interest you all.
If you’re on Twitter, check out the tweets for the 2013 meeting of the National Council on Public History, especially those for this afternoon’s (19 April) session on the aftermath of federal funding cuts at LAC, Parks Canada, and the restructuring of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
This is the draft document I put together on behalf of IPC regarding the LAC Code of Conduct, from which the official BCLA Press Release was born. Thanks to my IPC colleagues for their tireless efforts at researching and refining this document! Much wailing and gnashing of teeth was heard as we…
I got quite the surprise this morning when I learned that Carol Off of CBC’s “As It Happens” wanted to interview me about the LAC “Code of Ethics” situation. After having several miniature heart attacks, I did my best to gather my wits and said “yes”, because the chance of getting the LAC situation on a national current affairs program - let alone “As It Happens” - does not come up every day.
If you’re so inclined, you can listen to the interview here.
Some courageous soul has finally leaked Library and Archives Canada’s “Code of Conduct”. It is the most profound encapsulation of the problems at LAC I have seen in almost a year of very intense involvement with advocacy around the problems there. I think that if many organisations and…
Some seriously terrifying new developments at LAC.
8 January 2013 article from the Prince George Citizen which outlines some of the direct affects on Canadian citizens of the cuts made at Library and Archives Canada, as well as ongoing issues resulting from the 2012 cuts.
“Recent plans by the Dutch government to dismantle the Broadcast Music Centre in Hilversum (which include abolishing the orchestra and chorus) may result in the disappearance of one of western Europe’s largest sheet music libraries. Unless independent funds can be raised by the MCO library in the next nine months, the scores will be sold to dealers or worse. Around 5,000 have already been digitized, the rest will be lost.”—IAML | International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (via archivalia)
An excellent and thorough letter, dated 18 November 2012, responding to the reply sent to the Bibliographical Society of Canada by Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore after earlier letters sent by the BSC.
Perhaps this should encourage us to re-write to our own MPs or Minister Moore regarding our experiences since the cuts have taken place!
I know that very few of you will read this because it appears eye-crossingly boring at first glance, but I’m going to write it anyway in case people have any interest in what’s happening behind the scenes at LAC with position reclassifications. This is A Big Deal dressed up as a boring…
Many thanks to The Canadian Council for Information Science / Conseil Canadien des sciences de l’information for this letter, and to Bibliocracy for posting it on Tumblr (click title link to view the letter).
I’m again pleased to present a very important contribution to the ever-growing chorus of protest over the recent changes at LAC.
Below is the text of a letter sent some months ago to Minister Moore by the deans of every library and information science faculty in Canada; it compliments a similar letter from Canada’s archival science instructors. Many thanks and congratulations to these distinguished scholars, educators, and innovators for lending their voices to the debate.
Yesterday an initiative has been launched for saving the collection of the Archivbibliothek at Stralsund. To the holdings of the municipal archive of this town belongs the socalled Gymnasialbibliothek and other collections. The city council of Stralsund decided secretly to…
May be of interest to some followers. More governments making decisions about archives without public consultation.
I had been avoiding it for the longest time, but a friend of mine sent me a few crunched numbers from LAC’s “proactive disclosure” page the other day showing a most unsavoury trend in expense account expenditure on the part of the Librarian and Archivist of Canada in recent years. Or maybe it IS…
LAC has finally released their hotly-anticipated announcement about the termination of interlibrary loan services. If you haven’t been following this, LAC has been indicating for most of this year that a major announcement in autumn would lay out a blueprint for phasing out ILL and provide…
Many thanks to Bibliocracy-now for putting this together. A bad situation folks.
Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that the state will restore $125,000 to Kemp’s budget to keep the Georgia State Archives open to Georgians for the remainder of the budget year.
“Georgia’s Archives are a showcase of our state’s rich history and a source of great pride,” said Deal. “I worked quickly with my budget office and Secretary Kemp to ensure that Georgians can continue to come to Morrow to study and view the important artifacts kept there. I appreciate Secretary Kemp’s commitment to work with me to find a solution.”
The extra funding provides for Georgia State Archives to be open to the public through June 30 of next year. On July 1, the Georgia Archives will be transferred to University System of Georgia, pending approval of the move by the General Assembly. This transfer will include appropriations required for operation and assets of the Georgia Archives. Additional staff will be provided by USG at that time. Deal and Kemp intend to find efficiencies by consolidating the Archives under the University System of Georgia, just as the state has sought to do with the library system.
“From the beginning of this budget process, I have stated that it was my hope that current access to the Archives could be maintained,” Kemp said. “I greatly appreciate Governor Deal’s leadership and recognize the difficult decisions that had to be made in order to identify this funding. He has proposed a plan that supports Archives not just this year, but for years to come.”
Deal’s budgetary commitment allows Georgia State Archives to maintain its current access hours.
If only the Canadian situation would similarly improve. Congrats to the Georgia Archives folks!
The British Columbia Library Association has put together a campaign to protest the cuts at Library and Archives Canada and other Federal libraries. Follow the link to learn more and see how you can participate.
Un campagne de “British Columbia Library Association” pour protester contre les coupes à Bibliothèque et Archives Canada et d’autres bibliothèques du gouvernement fédéral.
Tom Nesmith challenges James Moore on NADP/LAC cuts
On 12 September 2012, Dr. Tom Nesmith attended an open interview with James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage. During the Q & A portion of the event, Dr. Nesmith challenged the Canadian government’s decision to make devastating cuts to the archival community of Canada, pointing out that archval resources are a major factor in developing/supporting the various cultural activities promoted by Moore earlier in the interview.
Distinguished U of A History Professor Ian MacLaren lends his eloquent voice to the chorus calling on the government to reconsider its tragic and incomprehensible plans for LAC (reprinted with kind permission of the author): ______________
6 September 2012
Dear Prime Minister:
I write as a…
Recent letter from Ian MacLaren of the University of Alberta to the Prime Minister about LAC.
These are dark days for authors, genealogists, journalists, historians, academics and researchers seeking access to federal government libraries and archives in Ottawa.
Citing the need to cut costs, the government is slowly and stealthily wrecking Library and Archives Canada. If this were not bad enough, it is also closing many of its own departmental libraries and cutting service delivery in the remaining ones.
This letter, from the leading lights of Canadian archival academia, is among the best I’ve seen on the subject of the LAC/NADP cuts. It’s concise, unambiguous, and offers a concrete and innovative solution for funding Canada’s archival infrastructure.
The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs addressed an open letter to the Honourable James Moore on 30 May 2012, speaking out against the Canadian Government’s cuts to the National Archival Development Program and services at Library and Archives Canada.
A piece by Myron Groover titled “The Wrecking of Canada’s Library and Archives” on British Columbia news site The Tyee, published 7 June 2012. The article addresses the recent government cuts put through by Library and Archives Canada, and the impact on our nation’s heritage keepers.
The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections have an album of images from the Ottawa Archivist’s Trek activities on 28 May 2012 available on their Facebook page. It can be accessed using the link above.
A whole lot of Canadians are upset about the budget decisions being made by the Canadian Government these days.
On 3 June 2012, several prominent Canadians and an estimated 18,000 other citizens participated in “Black Out, Speak Out”, darkening over 500 websites in protest of the Conservative government’s budget bill. The link above will take you to the CBC story on the event.
A blog post from 4 June 2012 by David J. Climenhaga, as posted on www.rabble.ca and www.albertadiary.ca - the post addresses the federal archives & library cuts, the Archivists’ Trek mock funeral outside LAC, and Daniel Caron’s appearance at the Canadian Library Association’s annual conference.