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Collaborative Agreement Among Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Three Universities in British Columbia Provides Provincial-Wide Access to Research Materials

“British Columbia’s 4.6 million residents now have free perpetual access to leading Gale research databases – nearly 200 million pages of digital historical content – as part of a unique agreement arranged by the University of Victoria Libraries, University of British Columbia Library, and Simon Fraser University Library.” (via Cengage Learning)

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Federal library struggling with backlog, key records poorly filed, auditor-general finds

The federal archival agency spent $15.4 million on a digital record system it never used, and shut it down shortly after it was tested, approved, and operational. That finding is one of numerous concerns uncovered by auditors examining Library and Archives Canada’s ability to keep up with its archival mandate in an increasingly digital world. Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s office found that Library and Archives received approval to build a “trusted digital repository” — a system for storing and preserving digital records — in 2006. After spending more than $15 million on the system, Library officials shuttered the project after it was completed in 2011.” (via Toronto Star)

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Designing libraries that are relevant in the digital age

“With the huge amounts of information now available online, we take a look at how libraries are designing for the 21st century.cEven though it’s still weeks from opening, the new Halifax Central Library is getting lots of attention. And not just because of its 57 million dollar cost. It’s earned international attention as one of the top buildings of 2014. It’s been years since a library of this size and importance was built in Canada. And perhaps… it’s no wonder. Much of the world’s knowledge has moved on to the internet. Books have shed their covers–and even their paper–as they slip onto e-readers.” (via CBC Radio)

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Library changes seen as risk to Health Canada’s credibility

“Managers at Health Canada admitted that changes to the department’s library services would lead to risks to the department’s credibility and its ability to produce evidence-based decisions, according to documents obtained by CBC News. The managers’ concerns have one observer saying that if the federal health minister doesn’t reverse the changes, “she’s putting Canadians at serious risk.” (via CBC News)

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Purge of Canada’s fisheries libraries a ‘historic’ loss, scientists say

“Scientists knew last spring that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans was closing seven of its 11 regional libraries housing decades of aquatic research. But it was not until they saw the shelves being cleared, the books and journals being scooped up for free by private companies, and the scientific reports being hauled off to the dumpster that the magnitude of the purge hit home.” (via The Globe and Mail)

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Secret Memo Casts Doubt on Feds’ Claims for Science Library Closures

“A federal document marked “secret” obtained by Postmedia News indicates the closure or destruction of more than half a dozen world famous science libraries has little if anything to do with digitizing books as claimed by the Harper government. In fact, the document, a compendium of cuts to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans that can be read in its entirety at the bottom of this story, mentions only the “culling of materials” as the “main activities” involved as the science libraries are reduced from nine to two. Specifically, it details “culling materials in the closed libraries or shipping them to the two locations and culling materials in the two locations to make room for collections from closed libraries.” (via The Tyee)

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Top librarian job up for grabs; head of Library and Archives Canada could bag a $226,500 salary

“The search has begun for Canada’s top librarian. The next head of Library and Archives Canada — who will make between $192,600 and $226,500 a year, according to the job posting — will replace controversial figure Daniel Caron, who resigned from the post in May after coming under fire for inappropriate spending. Caron’s starting salary when he took the job in 2009 was between $180,800 and $212,700.” (via Canada.com)

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Library and Archives Canada offers glimpse into 1920s Canada with release of census

“Canadian genealogists finally have access to 92-year-old census data that could help them discover important information about their family history. The hand-written 1921 Census of Canada was made available on Ancestry.ca last week and includes survey data alongside the full names, addresses and places of birth of the people who provided the information. Library and Archives Canada allowed Ancestry.ca to publish the census online last week, said Lesley Anderson, who works in content acquisition with the genealogy website.” (via Vancouver Sun)

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Library futures: Nipissing University, Canada

“The Harris Learning Library is somewhat unique in that it serves the needs of a university and a college. Technology continues to bring rapid change to libraries in general and this library in particular: thousands of digitised resources are conveniently and instantly accessible to users regardless of their physical location, traditional library approaches are questioned, services evolve, and budget priorities shift. The need for information may not have changed significantly for users, but technology influences user preferences for how, when, what, where, and why they access information and library services.” (via Guardian Professional)

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CLA launches advocacy newsletter

“Welcome to The National Voice, CLA’s newsletter devoted to the association’s national advocacy activities. This first issue provides an overview of our activities for January to May 2013. The newsletter will be published on an ad hoc basis, as we have updates on issues and initiatives of interest to our community.” (via Canadian Library Association)

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