Thanks for forwarding this information and, though it is a busy time
fo year as conferences loom on the horizon, I'd also encourage APLA
members to send letters to the Ministers endorsing the relocation of
the Depository Services Program, with full funding, to the Library
and Archives of Canada.
The legislation before the House establishing the merged Library and
Archives of Canada is a significant bill for libraries across Canada
and provides a terrific opportunity to reinforce, through our voices,
the value that libraries provide to the community across Canada and
our belief in access to government information for all citizens.
Why would I endorse a move of the DSP to the LAC at this time?
Aside from any concerns I may have about the current arrangement,
moving the DSP to the LAC represents a natural partnership that has
been in existence for over 75 years. In libraries throughout the
country, we've been working individually with the program since 1927,
helping users with royal commissions, task forces, budgets,
parliamentary commissions, and Statistics Canada publications.
Aligning the program with the new LAC strengthens the mission of both
the LAC and the DSP in their roles of public service, access to
information, and the preservation of our cultural heritage.
Should members have questions on this issue, please contact myself
([log in to unmask]) or James Watson as chair of the APLA Government
Information Interest Group ([log in to unmask]). Fax numbers for
local Members of Parliament can be found on the parliamentary web
Note that Members will likely be in their constituencies next week
because of the long weekend celebrating Victoria Day. Materials can
be faxed to local offices as well.
By the time we meet in St. John's, perhaps we'll have a new LAC *and*
a rejuvenated DSP!
On 12 May 2003 at 21:15, Elaine MacLean wrote:
> The library community is taking urgent action to advocate on
> behalf of Canadians who benefit from the Depository Services
> Program. We are urging that the federal government transfer
> the DSP to the Library and Archives of Canada from
> Communications Canada, where it now resides.
> The Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) is sending
> faxes on behalf of it's membership and those we serve to the
> appropriate MPs, and strongly encourages individuals and
> other institutions and organizations in our region to do the
> Attached are member bulletins from CARL/CLA/ASTED, which
> will help explain the situation. Also find attached, sample
> letters in French and English, for your convenience,
> although you are also encouraged to write your own letters
> or add your own comments..
> This is a time sensitive initiative and we ask you to act
> Elaine MacLean
> APLA President
> Elaine MacLean, MLIS [log in to unmask]
> Head, Technical Services Phone: (902) 867-2221
> Angus L. Macdonald Library Fax: (902) 867-5153
> St. Francis Xavier University
> Box 5000 http://www.stfx.ca/people/emaclean/
> Antigonish,NS "Outside of a dog, a book is man's
> CANADA best friend. Inside of a dog, it's
> B2G 2W5 too dark to read." -- Groucho Marx
P.O. Box 7500
Canada E3B 5H5
E-Mail: [log in to unmask]