Modernization Innovation Initiatives
LAC no longer has the monopoly on Canada’s national heritage. This responsibility is shared among a wide range of players — other libraries, archives, museums, universities, and so on. This decentralized environment requires a new model. Talks have already begun with interested stakeholders to find areas of potential collaboration, leading to the creation of a pan - Canadian Documentary Heritage Network.
- Whole of society approach
A new approach to appraisal is being developed that takes into account how well a heritage item represents the "whole" of Canadian society, and which organization should house it. This new approach is being designed both for LAC and for other organizations that acquire and manage heritage material.
- Whole of government appraisal framework
The departments that make up the Government of Canada are responsible for managing their own information resources. A new framework that reflects the "whole" of government is being developed to guide departments on the best way to dispose of irrelevant information and preserve that which supports the government's accountability.
Using the "whole of society" approach, LAC will be reviewing its holdings to determine what is relevant and what is either surplus, duplicated, or best placed elsewhere.
Clients who want copies of LAC materials will get digital copies only. This material will also be placed online so that other clients can access it. The process will increase digital access to LAC holdings and help build LAC's online collection.
A new service model will mean that more Canadians have access to information resources and that these services are provided in a way that is sustainable.
- Shorter gap between acquisition and access
The gap between the time LAC acquires a new resource and then makes it available to Canadians will be shortened.
- Trusted digital repository
By putting digital preservation technology and tools in place, LAC will help ensure that digital records are preserved for future use.
Up to now, most of the descriptions of LAC holdings were written by archivists and librarians. These descriptions, known as metadata, will be done by creators, donors and users.
LAC employees will need new skills to handle a modernized work environment. LAC is working on a plan to help train and equip its employees with these new skills.
A modernized LAC will include an updated information management infrastructure that corresponds to its new priorities.
In the context of its pan-Canadian approach, LAC will review its services to other documentary heritage organizations.