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Open letter to Stephen Harper on LAC - Return

Mr. Prime Minister, don’t forget to consult the library and archival community!

May 21st 2013 - Open letter to the Right Honourable Stephen Harper

With Dr. Daniel J. Caron’s resignation as Librarian and Archivist of Canada, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries hopes that the Government of Canada will consult the library and archival community in the selection of his successor.

The Librarian and Archivist of Canada plays an important leadership role both within Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and in the wider library and archival community. The Librarian and Archivist is our community’s voice to the rest of the world and plays a crucial part in the preservation of, and access to, our national documentary heritage. Considering your government’s promotion of Canadian history, we believe that you will appreciate the vital role played by Library and Archives Canada and its leadership.

We believe that the next head of LAC should have a career of broad engagement with the Canadian library and archival community. Someone who demonstrated leadership in this community will be able to forge the necessary collaboration to assure LAC’s success in these difficult economic times. An incumbent with expertise and standing in our community will have much greater success in this broad leadership role.

We ask that the selection process be transparent and competitive and strongly request that the government consult the library and archival community during the selection process. LAC remains a cornerstone in preserving our national documentary heritage and we look forward to continuing our work with Dr. Caron’s successor and building upon our existing relationship with Library and Archives Canada.