Save Library and Archives Canada

Save Library & Archives Canada. That is the heading on a new website recently launched by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).

CAUT is using this site to outline some very valid concerns about issues at LAC, which some of you remember as the National Library and some of you remember as the National Archives of Canada.

In 2004, the National Archives of Canada and the National Library of Canada were drawn together by the Library and Archives of Canada Act to create a new knowledge institution for Canadians—Library and Archives Canada, a source of enduring knowledge and the continuing memory of the government of Canada and its institutions.
(links to the LAC About Us page)

Themes of concern that CAUT outlines include:

  • Modernization
  • Mandate
  • Acquisitions
  • Services
  • Decentralization

The proposed changes at LAC have far-reaching implications for how Canada’s history and cultural heritage are preserved and understood. The “modernization” underway is a direct attack on our collective memory. To prevent the demise of this vital national institution, CAUT has launched a campaign to ensure that LAC maintains its commitment to preserve and make publicly available Canada’s full documentary heritage.

I encourage you to read CAUTs open letter to Daniel Caron, linked, in order to understand the issues.

When an association of scholars publicly rasies an issue they feel concerns all Canadians, we should pay attention.

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