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Loss of Librarians Devastating to Science and Knowledge in Canada - Erika Thorkelson

Loss of Librarians Devastating to Science and Knowledge in Canada - Erika Thorkelson | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"It has been a difficult few years for the curators of knowledge in Canada. While the scientific community is still reeling from the loss of seven of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' eleven libraries, news has broken that scientists with Health Canada were left scrambling for resources after the outsourcing and then closure of their main library.

In January CBC news uncovered a report from a consultant hired by the federal government cataloguing mistakes in the government’s handling of the closure. "Staff requests have dropped 90 per cent over in-house service levels prior to the outsource. This statistic has been heralded as a cost savings by senior HC [Health Canada] management," the report said.

"However, HC scientists have repeatedly said during the interview process that the decrease is because the information has become inaccessible — either it cannot arrive in due time, or it is unaffordable due to the fee structure in place."

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Horrified to hear about the situation!

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New Lack of Freedom for Archivists and Librarians in Canada, by Dick Eastman

New Lack of Freedom for Archivists and Librarians in Canada, by Dick Eastman | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Libraries and Archives Canada has been hit very hard with budget cuts, making information harder and harder for genealogists and others to obtain. Now Federal librarians and archivists who set foot in classrooms, attend conferences, or speak up at public meetings on their own time are engaging in “high risk” activities, according to the new code of conduct at Library and Archives Canada.

That's right: Libraries and Archives Canada employees who attend a genealogy conference on their own time must obtain permission from their managers in advance. The stated reason to ensure there are no conflicts or “other risks to LAC.” The code, which stresses federal employees’ “duty of loyalty” to the “duly elected government,” also spells out how offenders can be reported.

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New code of conduct at Library and Archives Canada.

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Who will preserve the past for future generations?

Who will preserve the past for future generations? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

J.L. GRANATSTEIN:

"Reducing library resources and breaking up the national archives will cause irreparable harm to nationhood..." > Library and Archives Canada

 

 

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Canadian Libraries: Innovating and creating inclusive services

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Canadian Libraries: Innovating and Creating Inclusive Services Pilar Martinez Edmonton Public Library Executive Director, Public Services Canadian Library Association Vice-President/President-Elect...

 

Final thoughts by:

Pilar Martinez & Kenneth Williment

 

"The traditional service development process provides a number of ways in which library staff can internally generate programs and services to meet library staffs’ perceptions of community needs. Community-led service development provides a new set of tools which library staff can build upon to ensure the continued relevance of public libraries that truly meet community needs. Unfortunately, systems which continue to guess at community needs will run the risk of being left in the 20th century. This may lead to the development of two tiered library service development, where 1. dynamic library systems respond to community needs beyond those of traditional library users while 2. other systems minimally engage users and try to maintain their relevance to community by marketing and informing communities of ‘their’ services.

As with all other professions, industries and organizations, public libraries need to embrace innovation, thus ensuring that their services are relevant to both funders and the people they are meant to serve. The discussions and innovative practices occurring in Canadian public libraries are exciting because – ultimately – change will occur. The question will always remain – who will determine how public libraries will adapt? It will either happen proactively and internally, and hopefully based on collaborative decisions made with library staff and their communities – or else passive public libraries will be at the mercy of the outside forces imposing the change."

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Resources on Open Access in Canada

Posted by John Dupuis:

"For various reasons, I’ve been collecting some resources around open access, open data and scientific and technological innovation Canada. Since they might be more broadly useful that to just me, I thought I’d share them."

 

- The Open Access Directory: http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Main_Page

- Government of Canada (General)

- Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council

- Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council

- Canadian Institutes of Health Research

- Canadian Institutes of Health Research

- Canadian Research Knowledge Network

- Canadian Library Association

- Federation for the Humanities & Social Sciences

- Institutional Open Access Policies & Mandates (likely incomplete)

- Institutional Open Access Author Funds/Institutional Memberships (likely incomplete)

- Institutional & Disciplinary Repositories (likely incomplete)

- Open Data

- Innovation/R&D Funding in Canada

- Science-Related Documents – Other Political Parties (NDP, Liberals, Greens)

- Science-Related Documents – 2011 Federal Election

- Selected various statements, blog posts, journal articles, etc.

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Canadian Book Buyers and Their Relationship to Libraries » BookNet Canada

Canadian Book Buyers and Their Relationship to Libraries » BookNet Canada | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Survey: Canadian Book Buyers and Their Relationship to Libraries : http://t.co/l5u9qZ2O

 

"Voracious readers will often beg or borrow their books from anywhere possible—buy books in person or online, borrow from the library or steal from friends. As part of The Canadian Book Consumer we have the opportunity to drill down into topical questions and we’re interested in understanding more about how book buyers use the library. We look at the following questions:

How many book buyers use the library?
How frequently?
How many loans are e-books compared to print books?
What happens when a library doesn’t have a book available to patrons or there is a lengthy reserve list?
Here’s a sneak peek of some of our library data. In the first quarter of 2012, 59.43% of book buyers claim to have visited the library within the last 12 months. Of those respondents, 19.4% visit the library, either in person or online, 2 to 3 times a month and 16.3% visited once a month."

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Save Library and Archives Canada Campaign Videos

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"Videos Supporting the Campaign to Save Library & Archives Canada. Call on the Federal Government to Save Library and Archives Canada.

Speak out now"

Videos of interviews with: Susan Crean, Kimalee Phillip, Francesca Holyoke, Liam McGahern

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Library Usage On The Rise Across Canada As Libraries Adapt To New Technology

Library Usage On The Rise Across Canada As Libraries Adapt To New Technology | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"MONTREAL - It's a sunny fall afternoon — likely one of the last warm days this year — yet Montreal's largest library is buzzing.The Grande Bibliotheque's rows of sofa chairs and sleek desks are packed with people tapping on laptops, flipping..."

 

"Despite the rise of smart phones and ebook readers, many Canadian libraries are busier than ever.

And the renaissance may be due in part to the very technology that was expected to threaten their existence.

Across the country, library usage is up 45 per cent over the past decade, from 16.6 to 24.1 transactions on average per capita, according to a recent report prepared by Lumos Research for the Canadian Urban Libraries Council.

Much of that growth has been driven by digital information.

The use of electronic databases more than doubled, and Internet visits to library websites and catalogues grew five-fold in the period, according to the report."

 

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