SERVICE CHANGES AT LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA

Here comes the end of requesting interlibrary loans directly from Library and Archives Canada.  At least, that seems to be what they are saying:

End of ILL Services :

“Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will end in December 2012. Users of LAC’s current services should note the following dates:

  • November 13, 2012: End of loan requests from international libraries.
  • November 16, 2012: End of renewals. All items loaned after this date will be non-renewable.
  • December 11, 2012: End of loan requests, location searches, and ILL-related photocopying services.

LAC’s ILL listserv (CANRES-L) and Canadian Library Gateway also will be archived in December 2012.

LAC will continue to facilitate interlibrary loan activities among other institutions through the ILL form in AMICUS, and through ongoing administration of Canadian Library Symbols.

Through our modernized service channels, LAC will emphasize increased digital access to high-demand content. LAC is working with Canada’s ILL user community in order to inform this approach to accessing the institution’s unique holdings.”

 

Could it be that AMICUS, (the Canadian National Catalogue), will be our salvation?  Is the fussing all for nothing?

Amicus allows us to search over 30 million records from 1,300 Canadian libraries including LAC – but we still have lots of questions about how it will all work, and whether we will be able to access the same materials as before, like periodicals, or whether charges might apply.  We just don’t know yet. Hopefully our Southern Ontario Library System will have some definitive answers for us, and for you, soon.  Stay tuned!

Below are two independent reviews, December 4, 2012, about the new LAC budget, and the changes coming for public access:

Article by Tom Schwarzkopf, from the Ottawa Citizen: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Cuts+valuable+resource+leave+books+dust+with+video/7641838/story.html#ixzz2E1OiZlhG

Article from John Reid, Anglo-Celtic Connections:  http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/2012/12/lac-obscures-financial-situation.html

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