CAUT (Canadian Union of University Teachers) urges Royal Society to defend Canada’s heritage

Eric Marshall Library shelves in disarray, Freshwater Institute in Manitoba

The Canadian Union of University Teachers has ‘presented a searing indictment of federal government policy to the expert panel appointed by the Royal Society of Canada to review the status and future of Canada’s libraries and archives.’  To read about this, go to the CAUT Bulletin.  As mentioned last week, the federal government has ordered the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to close 7 out of 11 libraries across the country, and researchers and community members report a great deal of information being shredded, sent to landfills, or given away.   CBC News reports recently that the main Health Canada research library has been closed, and access outsourced to a private company, resulting in difficulty accessing health information.  As Dr. Rudi Mueller comments, “If you want to justify closing a library, you make access difficult and then you say it is hardly used.”

What do you think?  Is it important to keep public access to libraries such as these, and to keep them open?

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