On Monday I received information from a usually reliable source that as of this week the rotating duty archivists will be on the reference desk for only 3 hours a day (11-2) and that as of April 1 they will be withdrawn entirely.
You'd think this change would make it harder for people to access the documentary heritage materials they need. Not according to LAC's myth number 2 in a document copied below and on the LAC website, which rebuts the "myth" by pointing to more information online, improved finding aids, and online ordering.
- Because of modernization, there are fewer and fewer librarians and archivists working at LAC.
- The changes being made at LAC make it harder for people to access the documentary heritage materials they need.
- LAC is trying to get rid of Canadian heritage items it has preserved for decades.
- LAC no longer provides comprehensive, one-stop shopping for library and archival documents and services.
- Modernization is just a fancy way to say “cost cutting.”
- LAC is attempting to limit its mandate to purely legal responsibilities.
- Modernization is happening in a vacuum, without any consultation.
- Everything before modernization is out of date.
- LAC is becoming no more than a giant warehouse for government records.