A group of key organizations from the Canadian library and archival communities participated in the Stakeholders Forum, hosted at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in Gatineau on December 9–10, 2014.
The Forum provided an opportunity for participants to share the priorities of their respective organizations and to discuss key issues of interest. LAC also took the opportunity to inform participating organizations about its directions for the future, and to exchange ideas on upcoming projects and initiatives.
“Institutional networking provides an ideal opportunity not only to engage in discussion, but also to renew ties, to test ideas upstream and to identify opportunities to collaborate in areas of mutual interest,” said Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. “It is especially needed to cope with the unprecedented challenges presented by new technologies and digital information.”
Participating stakeholders appreciate LAC’s leadership in mobilizing vital forces of the community. “This meeting of stakeholders represents a significant commitment by LAC to engage in meaningful discussion with representatives from the library and archives community,” stated Marie DeYoung, President of the Canadian Library Association. “I am encouraged by the willingness for open dialog and the exchange of information and ideas on how to make LAC a strong leader within our community.”
"In our increasingly networked society, strategic alliances and collaboration are essential for the heritage sector, as we strive to fulfill our societal obligation to preserve information and knowledge for present and future generations," said Lara Wilson, Chair of the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA). "In the past, Library and Archives Canada contributed significantly to building capacity to address the information needs of Canadians. CCA looks forward to this valuable opportunity to work again with LAC and our fellow stakeholders, to identify common interests and to address the challenges in acquiring, preserving and accessing Canadian documentary heritage in all formats."
Preservation (Trusted Digital Repository) and digitization, as well as the 2014 Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel report on the status and future of libraries and archives in Canada were among the main topics discussed. The Forum will reconvene in the spring of 2015.
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