If you've visited the LAC site lately you can hardly miss the notice:
In order to provide you with better service, we are currently redesigning our website. If you have difficulty finding what you are looking for, feel free to contact us.Library and Archives Canada have now provided this additional information.
"LAC must comply with Common Look and Feel Standards for the Internet—also referred to as CLF 2.0.—which now includes three new Web standards:
4. Accessibility (ensuring that websites respect internationally accepted guidelines).
5. Usability (ensuring that websites respect usability principles and approaches, including a standard page layout and design elements).
6. Interoperability (ensuring that websites can be adapted for mobile devices and that government content can be reused across websites, including applications and platforms).
5. Completing an inventory of all content.
6. Evaluating and assessing content.
7. Deleting and archiving content.
8. Rewriting, reorganizing, and republishing content.
Standard on Web Accessibility: July 31, 2013
Standard on Web Usability: July 31, 2013
Standard on Web Interoperability:
■Phase I (July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013)
◦One requirement of the standard
■Phase II (April 1, 2013–December 31,
◦Two more requirements, for a total of three requirements of the standard
■Phase III (January 1, 2015–June 30,◦All four requirements of the standard
Comment: As LAC service continue to decline now we learn we will only receive web content which addresses "legal and regulatory requirements and key priorities established by LAC’s Management Board."
What ever happened to the idea of LAC providing a public service, rather than addressing bureaucratic requirements?
The Library and Archives Canada Act still includes the object "to make that heritage known to Canadians and to anyone with an interest in Canada and to facilitate access to it."
It looks like LAC is unilaterally adding "as long as it meets priorities established by LAC's Management Board"