How many federal libraries have been closed since 2011? Cate Hana, an MLIS candidate at Western, created a table listing the libraries in her blog post. Of course, the closure of these libraries have had a profound impact for researchers, our culture and collective memory.
For LIS9130 – Information Policy, I wrote my final paper on the closure of federal libraries since Harper gained a majority in 2011. Information about the closures is scattered and sometimes difficult to find, so as part of my research I compiled a table with dates, departments affected, and outcomes.
After reading a tweet about yet another library that has been “modernized” (i.e. dismantled, with many of its resources dumped), I thought I’d share the table here:
|2012||National Capital Commission||Library closed.|
|2012||Transport Canada||Gatineau library closed. Seven positions lost.|
|May 2012||Public Works and Government Services||Library closed.|
|Sep 2012||Citizenship and Immigration||Library closed.|
|Jul 2012||Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities||Ottawa library closed.|
|Apr 2012||Library and Archives Canada||215 positions cut, including 21 archivists and archival assistants, and 50% of circulation and digitization staff. Interlibrary loan unit closed. National Archival Development Program eliminated, resulting…|
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