Library and Archives Canada signs collaborative agreement with German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek)

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the German National Library (GNL), or Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, that will shape future collaboration between the two institutions.

LAC and the GNL formalized the agreement with a virtual signature in the final discussion of a four-part series of conversations between both national institutions. This conversation was held during the Frankfurt Book Fair, an international event featuring publishing industry professionals from around the world, with Canada actively participating as the Guest of Honour country in 2021.

This collaborative agreement will both strengthen LAC's existing engagements with the GNL and lead to new endeavours between the two institutions, as they pursue activities to facilitate the sharing of expertise and knowledge. More specifically, it will benefit both cultural organizations through the following undertakings:

  • sharing of information on organizational structures, systems, programs, services, collections, emergency preparedness plans, digitization of collections and management of digital resources
  • sharing of information on the acquisition, description, access, preservation and storage of documentary resources in their national collections
  • exploration of opportunities for co-operation in areas such as exhibitions and joint activities and projects

Leslie Weir, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, applauds the signing of this new agreement:

"This memorandum of understanding with the German National Library is a valuable tool allowing our institution to continue to play a key role in international documentary heritage networks. This agreement will also allow us to build on the relationship established over a year ago through a joint discussion series about the effects of digitization on our respective national documentary heritage institutions and our current priorities—an important topic of interest, especially in this digital age."

Frank Scholze, Director General of the German National Library, also welcomes the agreement:

“We are very pleased to renew and deepen the long-standing connection and collaboration between our two institutions. With the Memorandum of Understanding, we are laying a solid foundation for future collaboration and professional exchange. Based on past experience, I am convinced that it will be a very fruitful and productive relationship for both Library and Archives Canada and the German National Library.”

The collaboration agreement, which will be in effect until 2026, complements others that LAC has concluded with national memory institutions. These efforts are in keeping with LAC’s evolving priorities as it strives to be on the leading edge of archival science, library science and new technologies, and to continue to play an active role in national and international networks.

The series of conversations between the GNL and LAC can be viewed on LAC’s YouTube channel:


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