On Monday, May 28, there is going to be a Day of Action and funeral for archival funding in Canada at the Library and Archives Canada building in Ottawa. For those of you who can’t make it to Ottawa, we are bringing the funeral to you!
As you know, the Conservative government has cut the National Archives Development Program which provided funding and support to archives across Canada. As a result, most of the provincial archival councils, as well as our national professional organization, the Canadian Council on Archives, will no longer exist. The Conservative government has also made cuts which will reduce Library and Archives Canada staff by 20%, and which have already killed its interlibrary loan program.
We have a government that does not value organizations which collect, preserve, analyze and provide access to information. As a profession, we must speak out.
Please join us at the funeral for archival funding in Canada! Please wear black if you are able. Top hats are appreciated. We are in mourning!
For further information:
UWO Progressive Librarians’ Guild https://plglondon.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/position-statement-on-the-cancellation-of-the-national-archives-development-program/
Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists http://scaa.sk.ca/publicawareness/182-nadpcuts.html
Archivists’ Trek http://aao-archivists.ca/news/whats-new/latest-on-funding-cuts/190-archivists-on-to-ottawa-trek-may-28 and http://archiviststrek2012.tumblr.com/
In April 2012, the National Archives Development Program was eliminated.
On Monday May 28th, the Progressive Librarians Guild (London Chapter) will protest the cuts in solidarity with the Archivists On to Ottawa Trek and hold a funeral procession to mourn the cancelation of the National Archives Development Program.
The funeral procession will meet at 10 am in the lobby of the DB Weldon library to lay a bouquet of flowers. Then, the procession will march across campus to the North Campus Building. At the North Campus Building, we will pay our respects and say our last words.
Please consult our position statement on the cancelation of the NADP here.
We would be happy to have you join us for the solemn occasion.
PLG (London Chapter)