Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the signing of a collaborative agreement with the University of Victoria (UVic). A ceremony took place during the National Heritage Digitization Strategy and Canadian Research Knowledge Network joint meetings on October 16 in Vancouver.
This agreement will both strengthen LAC's existing engagements with UVic and lead to new endeavours between the two institutions, as they pursue activities to facilitate the sharing of expertise and knowledge.
Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, applauds the signing of this new agreement:
"This memorandum of understanding is a valuable tool in our continuing efforts to make our documentary heritage better known to Canadians. A perfect example of this is actually the relationship between LAC and UVic's Dr. Eric Higgs on his Mountain Legacy Project, involving LAC's scanning and describing photographs from the Dominion Lands Survey and other relevant collections to study environmental changes."
M. Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, University of Victoria, welcomes this new collaboration:
"The University of Victoria is delighted to be the latest university to enter into a partnership with Library and Archives Canada to work on topics of mutual interest and share expertise and knowledge. UVic faculty, staff, and students already work closely on projects with LAC, and this new agreement will help us expand these opportunities more broadly across the community in Victoria and the local region."
LAC now has several bilateral agreements in place with a wide range of Canadian universities. In addition to this agreement with UVic, LAC has signed memoranda of understanding with the University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University, Queen's University, the University of Toronto, Western University, Université Laval and the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information at the Université de Montréal.
These collaborations are in keeping with LAC's priorities, as it strives to be on the leading edge of archival science, library science and new technologies. The agreements help to ensure that LAC continues to play an active role in national and international networks.