06 April 2021

Library and Archives Canada: Jan to 1 April 2021

As of the start of the month LAC had posted 20 items in the news section in the left-hand column of its home page this year. They can be roughly categorized into four groups: Operations, Policy, Acquisitions and Outputs. Here's the list ordered by group then date.

27-Jan-2021Rare book from 1943 acquired by Library and Archives Canada—was one of first sources to sound global alarm about Holocaust in progressAcq
15-Mar-2021Library and Archives Canada Foundation funds purchase of unique centuries-old Canadian legal heritage documentsAcq
5-Jan-2021Exhibition: Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives CanadaOps
8-Jan-2021Temporary suspension of digital copy servicesOps
8-Feb-2021Ottawa Public Library-Library and Archives Canada joint facility: A landmark cultural infrastructure project pointing the way to a greener futureOps
11-Feb-2021Interruption of computing services on Saturday, February 13, 2021Ops
16-Feb-2021February 22 - Resumption of copy services and on-site consultations in OttawaOps
16-Feb-2021Reopening - Winnipeg public service point now open by reservationOps
26-Feb-2021OPL-LAC joint facility: Inviting Indigenous artists!Ops
2-Mar-2021Technical difficulties (update): Collection SearchOps
10-Mar-2021Reopening: Limited access to microform collection in OttawaOps
10-Mar-2021Interruption of computing services on March 13, 2021Ops
1-Apr-2021LAC Ottawa: Public service point closed and temporary suspension of copy servicesOps
9-Feb-2021Launch of third edition of Lingua Franca e-bookOut
22-Feb-2021A new Google map to search for Indigenous-related collection itemsOut
2-Feb-2021LAC's Vision 2030: We want your inputPol
3-Mar-2021Taking steps toward reconciliation at Library and Archives CanadaPol
9-Mar-2021The Francophone Name Authority Program: Progress for the Francophone Library SectorPol
19-Mar-2021Policy on Maintaining the Canadian National Union CataloguePol
1-Apr-2021Update on Theses Canada for universities and studentsPol

11 of the 20, more than half, relate to operations. Most are short-term - interruptions of service or closing and opening of physical facilities. Two relate to the LAC-OPL joint facility under development and one is a new location for a travelling exhibition.

Five relate to policy, two to acquisitions and two to outputs — Launch of third edition of Lingua Franca e-book and A new Google map to search for Indigenous-related collection items.

A surprising omission is The Library and Archives Canada Scholar Awards "created to recognize remarkable Canadians who have made an outstanding contribution to the creation and promotion of our country’s culture, literary heritage and historical knowledge." Those being honoured on Wednesday 21 April at 7 pm online here are:
Margaret Atwood, poet, novelist, literary critic and essayist
Roch Carrier, novelist and author
Charlotte Gray, historian, author and biographer
Serge Joyal, former senator, art collector and philanthropist
Terry O’Reilly, broadcast producer and radio personality.

Another surprising omission is resources of broad interest newly available online. There surely must be some. In recent months progress is evident in Co-Lab. You have to dig to find it, Why is LAC so shy in providing information on newly available resources online?


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