Thursday, 24 March 2011

Problems at LAC - updated

I received a phone call to reschedule a meeting at 395 Wellington as the building is closed.

NO NOTICE ON THE LAC WEBSITE, NO RSS MESSAGE, AS OF 9:40AM

The following background information from a client visiting was sent to me last evening

The extremely loud fire alarm could not be turned off in spite of the fire department giving the OK for people to go in and or stay in.  The fire alarm system forces the ventilation fans to turn off and there is no over-ride of this!  The result was that the humidity increased beyond the limits for document environment, but that didn't affect people.  When I left after two hours the technicians were still working on it.  I don't know what happened to the film showing that people were queueing up for, but unless it was a silent film I guess the showing was cancelled.  
My own little problem was that the copier in the circulation reading room was out of paper, and access to the tray for loading more paper is locked, and, contrary to former times, the security people are not allowed to unlock it.  
 UPDATE

The following notice is now posted on the LAC website

Special Announcement

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please note that due to technical difficulties, the facilities of Library and Archives Canada located at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa will be closed until further notice. Pending further notification, all events scheduled for March 24th have been cancelled. Library and Archives Canada apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this temporary closure. For further developments on this situation, please consult this website.
Posted: 24 Mar 2011 9:44:20 ET

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

LAC pisses me off! On their emergency number's voice mail, 613-943-0102, they say that they will update us, the public, on the situation at 5 PM. It is now 6 PM with no change to the recording. How difficult would it be to simply say that the situation has not yet been resolved.