Saturday, March 27, 2010

Library of Canada Preservation of Documentary Heritage

The information network explosion has challenged "memory
institutions" i.e. archives to adapt to new forms of digital
information. As a result the Library of Canada (LAC)posted
both the Documentary Heritage Management Framework and
Acquisition Orientation Instrument on November 13, 2009.
This is based on the three pillars of modernization:acquisition,
preservation and resource discovery.

LAC is now ready to post the Preservation Orientation Instrument, an
internal tool designed to "harmonize the principles underpinning the
preservation of documentary heritage" across Canada. LAC is also
posting LAC Canada's National Role in Preservation, a paper that
outlines how they plan to perform within the broad national
context as the lead federal institution for the preservation of
Canada's documentary heritage. Both preservation documents will
be posted on the LAC website, to provide information and to
encourage feedback from internal and external clients.

The LAC invites comments on any of the modernization documents
posted on the collections Canada site. On the left hand side of the
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/modernization/012004-2010-e.html
there is a box that says "comments". Click on that url to submit
your comments/suggestions.

Thank you to Paul Silverstone, IAJGS Treasurer and IAJGS Public
Records Access Monitoring Committee for alerting us to this new
posting on how the LAC is addressing the new forms of digital information.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-large and
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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