Documentary Heritage

Recognizing the importance of the long-term preservation and access of Canada’s documentary heritage, CARL works to ensure that the mandates of Canada’s national research libraries and archives are adequately resourced and strategically executed, even in a difficult funding environment. Canada’s documentary heritage includes publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents and data.

Library and Archives Canada

LAC preserves and makes accessible the documentary heritage of Canada and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

CARL views it as vitally important LAC has the means to carry out its mission directly and in collaboration with others, including Canadian academic research libraries, so that, as the Preamble to the Library and Archives Act states, Canada will be “a source of enduring knowledge, accessible to all, and contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canadian society.”

CARL participates in LAC’s Stakeholder Forum and collaborates with LAC on specific initiatives that advance long-term preservation and access to Canada’s documentary heritage on a pan-Canadian basis.

NRC-Knowledge Management

As a national science library, NRC-Knowledge Management provides both basic information and value-added support to Canada’s public and private sector researchers in every region and territory. In the interest of continued innovation in the STM information sector, it is important that the services and programs offered by NRC-Knowledge Management be maintained and supported.

Depository Services Program (DSP)

CARL is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Depository Services Program.  While the DPS is no longer selling or distributing Government of Canada publications in tangible formats, it continues to provide a central and convenient location to access published information from hundreds of GC departments in one place.