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

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.