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Sunday, January 01, 2012

Human Resources library closure part of troubling trend (Canada)

Ottawa Citizen: The announcement that the departmental library at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada will be closed in little more than a year is "a generic problem," says the member of a group protesting recent cuts and changes to the Library and Archives of Canada. "The federal government is really cutting back on its obligations to provide library and archive services both for its own staff and for the public," says James Turk, who is also executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. "It's going to do damage that's not going to be reparable." The HRSDC library, which operates out of Gatineau and Montreal, will be shut down and its contents relocated or sold, a departmental spokesperson said in an email. "Our employees are researching and accessing information online more than ever. To address this trend while ensuring we use taxpayer's dollars wisely, we will no longer operate an internal library as of March 31, 2013," the email said

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