I'm cheered to share a happy note about Library and Archives Canada. Over the past few weeks I've enjoyed browsing posts on a pilot service from LAC: thediscoverblog.com, the Library and Archives Canada Blog. Subject areas vary, as they should, though a few recent posts stand out to me in opening up the world of Canadian government and legal information and research.
- Looking for the Debates of the House of Commons (Hansard) online? breaks down and explains what's accessible online, what is not, and how to access Hansard.
- Finding Aid 300 tells us about a guide to early census records and the information they contain.
- Do you want to search only LAC collections… or those of many libraries across Canada? gives researchers information about "AMICUS, the Canadian national catalogue," and how searching LAC and other library collections works.
- Orders-in-Council: What you can access online very helpfully explains what Orders-in-Council are, along with what ranges can be searched online and how.
The blog has been around since late November so contains many more informative posts, and social media presence seems to have broadened more recently, with Library and Archives Canada on Facebook and @LibraryArchives on Twitter.
Law school legal research courses or library school government documents and legal bibliography courses might find value in this blog. Beyond those contexts, though, any service that increases the availability and transparency of legal and government information is a good thing, in my view.