Monday, January 28, 2013

Input Sought on Library and Archives Canada Inter-Library Loan Policy and National Union Catalogue

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) is seeking input on two issues:
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) User Roundtable: "CLA has been participating in Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Interlibrary Loan (ILL) User's Roundtable, along with representatives from a number of other institutions and associations ... Recent discussions have resulted in the creation of the three documents below. CLA members and the broader library community are invited to respond to these documents."
  • Pan-Canadian Documentary Heritage NetworkUser Round Table on the National Union Catalogue: "Since September, 2012, CLA has been participating in a User Round Table on the National Union Catalogue (NUC) convened by Library and Archives Canada (LAC).  Along with other national library associations, CLA has been providing input on the future of the NUC. Library and Archives Canada believes the database that supports the NUC is not sustainable and it falls short of what is needed to serve Canadians and Canadian libraries today. Because members of our association are important collective data contributors to this resource, Library and Archives Canada is asking the CLA community how to best maintain and improve this service in order to meet the challenges of the digital age."
Earlier Library Boy posts about LAC include: 
  • Canadian Library Association Dismayed by Federal Budget Impact (May 2, 2012): "The Canadian Library Association (CLA) today released a statement criticizing the 2012 federal budget which it believes will hit federal libraries and Libraries and Archives Canada very hard."
  • Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2012 Conference Resolutions (May 10, 2012): "A number of resolutions were adopted yesterday at the Annual General Meeting ... of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries in Toronto (...) members also voted to support the Save Libraries and Archives Canada campaign ..."
  • September 2012 Campaign Update of Save Library and Archives Canada (September 27, 2012): "The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) launched a campaign this year called Save Library and Archives Canada (LAC) because of its fear that recent federal budget cuts would hamper the institution's many collections and activities. The campaign has just published a September 2012 Campaign Update (...)" 
  • Library and Archives Canada Terminates Inter-Library Loan Service (October 31, 2012): "The CLA Govt Library & Professionals Network, part of the Canadian Library Association, has published an announcement from Library and Archives Canada (LAC) that the institution is putting an end to its inter-library loan service in the next few weeks. The LAC's service has been an indispensable tool nationwide for researchers and libraries. "
  • CLA Member Advocacy Survey: The Impact of Federal Budget Cuts on Canada’s Libraries (December 15, 2012): "The Canadian Library Association (CLA) has released the results of its survey on the impact of federal budget cuts (...) More than 400 individuals provided detailed responses to the survey questions. They overwhelmingly agreed that the cuts will impact both local and national library services, with 98% of respondents indicating concern. Areas most likely to be affected were identified, and include: access to material/information, research, interlibrary loans, Community Access Program, preservation, staffing cuts, digital issues."

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