While coverage of the deterioration of service at Library and Archives Canada has decreased over the summer the concern continues.
The Bibliographical Society of Canada has posted a thoughtful letter directed to Members of Parliament recommending that members ensure changes at LAC do not transgress Parliament’s obligations under the Library and Archives Canada Act.
Some of the points made are:
- LAC has yet to submit its budget to the Parliamentary Budget Officer despite a request that it do so
- abolition of interlibrary loan service
- lack of specialist/dedicated archivists
- promised new model service delivery ignores copyright limitations; How will LAC/BAC be able to deliver a printed work in digital form if that work’s still under copyright?
- people untrained in archival or library practices do the major and fundamental work of writing official descriptions
- New Book Service on LAC’s website not being updated
- Amicus, the national library catalogue, not being properly maintained
- Cutting entirely the National Archival Development Program while downloading responsibilities to local and regional archives