Monday, 1 December 2008

LAC, where are the podcasts?

This blog frequently mentions podcasts from The (UK) National Archives, and occasionally from the British Library. I've been hoping occasional prodding here would encourage LAC to get in on the action.

It's not as LAC doesn't have equally good stuff. Last week I attended a Political Junkie Café event in the series Pin-Up Prime Minister, part of LAC's continuing Forum on Canadian Democracy. With the title "War Rooms. Battlefields. Borden." it featured Dr. Jack Granatstein, one of Canada's foremost political and military historians, and Dr. Robert Jackson who served as a senior policy advisor to two former Canadian Prime Ministers.

The presentations were insightful and the discussion stimulating. AND it was being videoed. So why aren't these and previous sessions available as podcasts, or if they are why are they so well hidden?

We can't all be in Ottawa to participate, but it would be well to remember that it's not just those in Ottawa who pay the taxes that fund LAC.

1 comment:

M. Diane Rogers said...

I second that! LAC does now have some images on Flickr and intends to YouTube apparently. There's a bit of a problem with the licensing on Flickr, I hear, and the YouTube link isn't up yet as promised, but it's interesting to see some use being made of these opportunities.
I was at the BC Digitization Symposium yesterday and today. Ian Wilson's keynote speech last night was taped. Watch for that to be available later on the symposium site (Better than YouTube?): http://symposium.westbeyondthewest.ca/index.php