Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Consultation Report on "Library and Archives Canada" Available

The Canadian GOVINFO listserv drew attention today to the publication of the wrap-up report that came out of the stakeholders consultation on the new directions for Library and Archives Canada, the institution formed last year from the merger of the National Library of Canada and the National Archives.

Over the past few months, government document and law librarians have been particularly concerned with the distribution of government publications and they have been pushing for better access to government material over the Internet through such things as persistent URLs as well as advocating for reform and expansion of the current Depository Services Program which has problems in getting many departments to comply and contribute material.

Some librarians believe government authorities are reluctant to try to force agencies to comply because some see "Crown Copyright" as a potential source of commercial revenue.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 7:01 pm


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