Status and Future of LAC investigated

From Library Boy

448px-RSC_Crest“The Royal Society of Canada has established an eleven-member expert panel to investigate the status and future of Canada’s libraries and archives.”

The Status and Future of Canada’s Libraries and Archives

Since the 1950s debate has raged about the impact of new technologies on print culture in the broadest sense and on the publishing industry, libraries, and archives in particular. Succinctly put, “The Death of the Book” has been both proclaimed and denied. Meanwhile, notions of what constitutes a library or an archive have been challenged and transformed by new communications competencies and needs. In response to these realities, the Royal Society of Canada is establishing an Expert Panel on “The Status and Future of Canada’s Libraries and Archives”.


Hervé Déry Named Interim Librarian and Archivist of Canada… still

Some old and yet current information about the interim Librarian and Archivist of Canada

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Hervé Déry Named Interim Librarian and Archivist of Canada.

From Canadian Heritage:

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that Hervé Déry will be the interim Librarian and Archivist of Canada until an appointment is made.

“I am pleased that Mr. Déry has agreed to act as Librarian and Archivist,” said Minister Moore. “His senior executive service at Library and Archives Canada along with his leadership and extensive experience in the public sector will serve the organization very well in the interim.”

Since March 2012, Mr. Déry has been the Assistant Deputy Minister and Corporate Secretary, Policy and Collaboration Sector, at Library and Archives Canada.  Mr. Déry has also held several other senior positions within the federal government since 1982.  He holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Montreal.

See Also: Librarians give heritage minister wishlist for top job (via Ottawa Citizen)

In a statement sent to Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore on Friday, 19 organizations listed the visions, values and competencies they believe the next Librarian and Archivist of Canada will need to save the institution.

“The community has great concerns about the direction of Library and Archives Canada, and has had for a few years now. So we want to be sure that the input of the community is available to the minister and to the privy council in the naming of the new person,” said Nancy Marrelli of the Canadian Council of Archives.