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Anger greets secret private Library and Archives Canada deal

“Confusion and anger over a major, secretly brokered deal between Library and Archives Canada and a private high-tech consortium heightened Wednesday amid damage-control efforts by archive officials who say the deal is a good one. Details of the project, revealed late Tuesday by the Ottawa Citizen, would see Library and Archives hand over millions of publicly-owned books and documents to Canadiana.com which, in exchange, will get a 10-year exclusive licence to sell it in sophisticated digital format.” (via Ottawa Citizen.

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Library and Archives paywall delayed until fall

“An internal document from Library and Archives Canada suggests the department is considering a paywall to help pay for digitizing its content, but that plan has been delayed until at least the fall. Part of a plan posted on an archivist’s Tumblr blog involves a 10-year agreement with non-profit group Canadiana.org. “The agreement … provides for 10 years of exclusive rights for Canadiana to monetize the collections in exchange for making them accessible online,” the document said.” (via CBC News)

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Heritage Minister James Moore wants axed Library and Archives Canada NADP program restored

“Federal Heritage Minister James Moore is hinting that he wants to see changes at Library and Archives Canada but is stopping short of promising the national collector more money. LAC’s previous chief, career bureaucrat Daniel Caron, abruptly resigned last month amid questions about his spending — including charging taxpayers for a series of private Spanish lessons he claimed were meant to aid his communication at conferences. During his four-year tenure, Caron became a controversial figure, alienating members of the library and archive community who accused him, among other things, of creating a toxic workplace and ignoring expert advice.” (via Ottawa Citizen)

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OCUL Statement: Access Copyright vs York University

“The Ontario Council of University Libraries is disturbed by the recent news of a lawsuit which Access Copyright initiated on April 8th against York University. The Canadian Copyright Act was only recently amended. These amendments and recent Supreme Court judgments have guided Ontario universities, including York University, to provide fair dealing guidelines that reflect the existing and reasonable consensus within the education community in response to these legal realities. OCUL agrees with academic colleagues across Canada that it is very regrettable that Access Copyright has chosen this litigious route to question the clarity of the copyright law and the recent jurisprudence. It is also regrettable that we are forced to interpret this as an intimidating tactic to persuade Ontario universities to agree to the Access Copyright license” (via Ontario Council of University Libraries)

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Library and Archives Canada Code of Conduct

“The Canadian Library Association urges Library and Archives Canada to revisit its Code of Conduct in order to strike a more even balance between the duty of loyalty to the Government of Canada that all public services have and the freedom of expression that is imperative to the work of librarians in a strong democracy.The LAC Code of Conduct: Values and Ethics restricts unnecessarily the ability of librarians and information professionals to perform key aspects of their work, namely teaching and speaking at conferences and other public engagements. The conditions placed upon those activities, and the categorization of those activities as ‘high risk,’ effectively eliminate the possibility that librarians may engage in essential elements of their work, elements that benefit both themselves and the greater professional community as well as the public good.” (via Canadian Library Association)

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Canada’s federal librarians fear being ‘muzzled’

“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. Given the dangers, the code says the department’s staff must clear such “personal” activities with their managers in advance 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.” (via Ottawa Citizen)

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Canadian history, heritage at risk from cuts to Libraries and Archives Canada, say academics

“On the tail end of a year that saw the Conservatives spend $28 million reenacting the War of 1812, some historians say the federal government is contributing to the erosion of the country’s historical institutions. York University professor Craig Heron told Postmedia News the Conservatives are “bleeding Canadian history dry” with cuts to Libraries and Archives Canada outlined in the 2012 budget. He is among the growing number of academics denouncing the spending cuts. Representatives from the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) will be on Parliament Hill Thursday to unveil a campaign aimed at restoring funding to archives across the country.”

via Calgary Herald

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Print Is Still the Dominant Format for Canadians, Says New BookNet Canada Study

“Canadians still overwhelmingly prefer print books to e-books, says BookNet Canada’s new The Canadian Book Consumer 2012: Book-Buying Behaviour in Canada January to June 2012 report. The first edition of the report—available today—finds that 86% of Canadians still purchase print formats and 19% buy electronic formats. Only 7% buy both. Paperback formats remain the most popular, but hardcover books still account for 24% of all book purchases. This long-awaited study provides some much needed insight into consumer behaviour after some tumultuous times for the industry. The report also looks at where book purchases are made and why. It found that approximately 20% of print book purchases were made online (27.5% of all book sales were online, including mobile). But in-store purchases are still more prevalent: non-book retailers account for 32% of sales and traditional bookstores for 37%.”

via BookNet Canada

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Canadian libraries bind together to fight for better e-book accessibility

“With how people physically read literature turning onto its next chapter through the use of e-readers, library institutions across the country are pushing publishing companies and vendors to follow suit. Under the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) banner, establishments from Halifax to Vancouver — including the London Public Library (LPL) — have bound together over a couple of major challenges, the first being a number of major publishers are not selling e-books to libraries.”

via London Community News

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The new head of Ottawa’s library is not a librarian, she is, however, a precise thinker

Ottowa Citizen – “For the first time since amalgamation, the new head of Ottawa’s library is not a librarian. Danielle McDonald took over the Ottawa Public Library and its $50-million budget this week. She’s a departure from her predecessor, Barbara Clubb, who started out shelving books and capped her career with a national award for her service to librarianship. McDonald is a lifelong administrator specializing in behind-the-scenes work in the city bureaucracy. Before she was named at the beginning of March, she had almost no public profile.”

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