Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

May 03, 2013 18:00 ET

Library and Archives Canada Acquisition Update

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 3, 2013) - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to report on its recent acquisitions.

In its effort to establish a representative documentary heritage of value to Canadians, LAC acquires a variety of material, either in paper or digital form, to ensure that the holdings in our vaults reflect Canadians' documentary production to the greatest extent possible.

Recently, LAC started using web harvesting tools to surgically identify and collect holdings in digital form, such as blogs, editorials or tweets that document issues relevant to Canadian society. The first two national issues to undergo this process include the Aboriginal movement Idle No More and the North-South natural resource pipeline system, Keystone.

"Documenting Canadian society now extends beyond traditional means. Information resources found on the web and social media need to be captured strategically and accurately before they are lost forever," says Daniel J. Caron, Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada.

LAC has continued to enhance its vaults by means of government records and books, but also by acquiring high-profile holdings.

Those acquisitions include holdings from David P. Silcox, the Canadian cultural icon and arts advocate, James Coutts, the high-profile advisor to former Canadian prime ministers and member of the Order of Canada, Jules Blouin, a prolific photographer who has done many portraits of Canadian political figures, and material from Julius and Savella Stechishin, a couple who documented the cultural significance of the Ukrainian Canadian community.

Our ongoing efforts to innovate will ensure that we fulfill our legislated mandate well and that we continue to acquire documentary heritage of value to Canadians.

More information on new events will be made available on the News section of our website as they evolve.

About Library and Archives Canada

The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

Contact Information

  • Richard Provencher
    Chief, Media Relations
    Library and Archives Canada