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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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Apartheid revisited, for a better future - BD live

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"Kennedy is an archivist and is careful to point out that she is not a historian. She says she was drawn to this work because she was "very interested in how we use information to support development and human rights. Without information, you can’t do anything. In the constitution it’s called a leveraging right."

SA’s new information legislation has thus been keeping the archive "very, very busy". The new Protection of Personal Information Act has caused a major headache for archivists, who are having to go through all the information they hold to ensure personal information is protected, even if the documents have been bequeathed.

The flip side is the "secrecy bill", which Kennedy sees as "the next big challenge" for the archive.

The exhibition is stark, even sparse, but deeply affecting. Kennedy says she and designer Vaughan Sadie struggled to create a display that would unsettle without preaching.

"How do you create an exhibition that unsettles people’s assumptions of the past without disempowering them? It’s so easy to present something singular that takes one side. We have tried to give no judgment. This is more about the complexity and it hopefully allows viewers to find their place in the history."

• Between Life and Death: Stories from John Vorster Square, Old Fort Ramparts, Constitution Hill, Kotze St, Braamfontein. Entrance is free, open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-3pm, www.saha.org.za"

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