The Office of the Auditor General of Canada today released the results of their performance audit of Library and Archives Canada.
The overall objective of the audit was to determine whether Library and Archives Canada has fulfilled its responsibilities for acquiring and preserving government documentary heritage from federal institutions, and for facilitating access to these records for current and future generations.
The Auditor General, Michael Ferguson, reports that “Library and Archives Canada is not doing enough to preserve and provide access to government records of historical value.”
For more information on findings and recommendations, refer to the 2014 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada – Chapter 7: Documentary Heritage of the Government of Canada – Library and Archives Canada
The Ottawa Citizen has published an interview with Guy Berthiaume, Canada’s Chief Librarian and Archivist. It sounds like LAC now has someone at the helm with expertise and passion for the job.
When Montreal historian Guy Berthiaume started a five-year term as Canada’s chief librarian and archivist in June, he inherited a demoralized institution reeling from budget and job cuts. Previous Library and Archives Canada (LAC) chief Daniel Caron was criticized by library and archives professionals across Canada for being aloof, remote and unqualified.
He resigned midway through his term in May 2013. Berthiaume came to LAC after five years as CEO of the Bibliotheque et Archives nationales de Quebec. He reflected on his first six months as LAC chief in an interview with the Citizen’s CHRIS COBB.
The Canadian Library Association (CLA) put out a press release on November 14, 2014, highlighting the opportunities for CLA as outlined in the Royal Society of Canada’s report, “The Future Now: Canada’s Libraries, Archives and Public Memory“.
While we will be thoroughly reviewing this report over the next few weeks we are particularly welcoming of the recommendations for associations in Canada and look forward to future discussions of how we can best work with our partner organizations in realizing what the Royal Society recommends for CLA.