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.
The Ottawa Citizen published a story earlier this week summarizing the issues described in the Royal Society’s recently released report, “The Future Now: Canada’s Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory“.