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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #60 on: May 15, 2013, 06:30:40 PM »
Why on earth would he need private Spanish lessons anyway? A francophone who also speaks fluent English should have no trouble learning another Romance language. Not as if the Ottawa area is lacking in academic institutions, also providing courses to busy adults working for the Feds. And nowadays there are FREE opportunities we couldn't have dreamt of even 10 years ago, with the sheer amount of information, archives and online lessons at all levels, even for the learning of far more obscure languages.

Boom Boom, you absolutely MUST read the Anglican archive lady's elegant protest letter if you haven't already done so.
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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #61 on: May 15, 2013, 07:32:58 PM »


Boom Boom, you absolutely MUST read the Anglican archive lady's elegant protest letter if you haven't already done so.

Which link is it? (I'm on dialup...)
 
If she resigned over $4,500, will Senator Duffy resign over $90,000?  :popcorn

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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #62 on: June 12, 2013, 08:16:48 PM »
Well, there were leaks that LAC was making a deal for Canadiana to digitize its records and keep them behind a paywall for 10 years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UengULt6t7Q

However, Canadiana says the documents will not be behind a paywall or be privatized:

http://www.canadiana.ca/en/lac-project-faq


So I'm not sure if the leaks were incorrect or if the reaction has made them back down? Canadiana has stuff the can be previewed for free but only subscribers can see the entire documents.

An announcement is planned for Friday, and there has been a non-disclosure agreement keeping people involved from talking about it until then, but the leak or leaks came out in the past few days. So there are questions about why so much secrecy in this process (maybe Minister Moore wants a big photo op?).

It seems to me plausible that the Harper Conservatives would want to monetize and privatize LAC, just like pushing the National Research Council into doing money-making research instead of some pure science. And Moore lately keeps talking about getting a new "president" to replace Caron, as if it's a corporation or something. Basically, nobody trusted Caron and Moore has not been noticeably inclined to consult the professionals in this area.

Anyway, it will be a relief to researchers, genealogists, etc., not to have to worry about a paywall.


ETA: Bibliocracy broke the news of the leaks and has several posts about it; this is the most recent one:

http://bibliocracy-now.tumblr.com/post/52807356006/this-is-the-top-secret-deal
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« Reply #63 on: June 12, 2013, 09:22:40 PM »
New article by Cobb;

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ottawa/Confusion+anger+over+major+secretly+brokered+deal+between/8517443/story.html

So they didn't tell Moore about this deal until Tuesday, and the archivists' organizations did not know about it (they should have been consulted, they have the technical expertise); so was it just LAC management, Caron and  his minions who did this? Not clear to me just who wanted the secrecy.

ETA: And LAC spokesman's take:

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...In an interview Wednesday, LAC’s director general of content access, Fabien Lengellé, said Canadians would have free access to the basic images during their decade of ‘privatization’ and for $10 a month will be able to access the full, sophisticated metadata version from their home computers...
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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #64 on: June 13, 2013, 10:15:29 PM »
New article by Cobb;

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ottawa/Confusion+anger+over+major+secretly+brokered+deal+between/8517443/story.html

So they didn't tell Moore about this deal until Tuesday, and the archivists' organizations did not know about it (they should have been consulted, they have the technical expertise); so was it just LAC management, Caron and  his minions who did this? Not clear to me just who wanted the secrecy.

ETA: And LAC spokesman's take:

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...In an interview Wednesday, LAC’s director general of content access, Fabien Lengellé, said Canadians would have free access to the basic images during their decade of ‘privatization’ and for $10 a month will be able to access the full, sophisticated metadata version from their home computers...

Shameful and utterly depressing. It's one thing to outsource the digitization process but the fact that they get to keep the content and exploit it is beyond the pale. Will the LAC still maintain the facilities and staff to house and protect the digitized collection or are we supposed to entrust a private entity that could fold 5-10 years down the road and sell off its assets (our Canadian history) to the highest bidder?
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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #65 on: June 27, 2013, 03:17:53 PM »
from SumOfUs.org


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Library and Archives Canada has entered into a secret deal that would hand over exclusive rights to books and artifacts owned by Canadian taxpayers to a private firm for 10 years to be digitized.
We know something fishy is going on -- everyone involved in the deal was forced to sign non-disclosure clauses, excluding the public from understanding the deal until it is announced. Critics say the deal is wrapped in a cloak of secrecy because it amounts to selling back to Canadians what we already own. Put simply, Canadians may be asked to pay a monthly fee to access our own books. This amounts to the privatization of our public records. It amounts to Library and Archives Canada handing over fat contracts to private firms like Canadiana.org to provide a service that the public does not need.
Petition - http://action.sumofus.org/a/library-canada/?sub=taf
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