May 08, 2012

Cuts at Library and Archives Canada


OTTAWAMay 2, 2012 - Recent cuts to staff and programming at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will have devastating effects on our nation's ability to acquire and preserve its history.

"These cuts will further undermine the capacity of Library and Archives Canada to fulfill its legislated mandate to acquire, preserve and make accessible Canada's history."

On April 30, LAC presented 450 members of its staff with affected notices, with 215 of those positions to be eliminated.

The announced cuts include:
* the elimination of 21 of the 61 archivists and archival assistants that deal with non-governmental records,
* the reduction of digitization and circulation staff by 50%,
* a significant reduction in the number of staff that deal with preservation and conservation of documents,
* the closure of the interlibrary loans unit.


The National Archival Development Program (NADP), which supports programming at provincial, regional and university archives across Canada, will also be eliminated. Many of these are the small, local archives were to be part of LAC's new distributed Pan-Canadian Documentary Heritage Network.As a result of the NADP cut, the Canadian Council of Archives office will be closed in Ottawa and many summer work projects already planned across the country will be cancelled.

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