Situated in OTTAWA in the former locations of the National Library and National Archives near Parliament Hill, Library and Archives Canada employs over 1100 staff. It houses millions of priceless textual records, including more than 19 million books, periodicals, newspapers and literary manuscripts; over 21 million photographs; 350 000 art works; and numerous film, sound and video recordings.
Canada leads the larger developed countries in amalgamating its national archives and national library into one institution, and it has since become a model for other countries intending to integrate these two services. Library and Archives Canada continues the mandate of its two founding institutions by endeavouring to take advantage of the latest in communications and information technologies, particularly those online, and to facilitate increased public access to the nation's vast library and archival holdings. Its library catalogue, AMICUS, is a database that houses the digital records of over 350 Canadian libraries. The former National Archives' online searching database, ArchiviaNet, continues its mandate of providing an online locator tool for millions of documents housed in Library and Archives Canada in all forms of media. The new institution also works with other libraries and archives across Canada that use its policies, standards, and resource-sharing activities as a model on which to base their own institutions' procedures.
Author LORRAINE SNYDER
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Library and Archives Canada
The website for Library and Archives Canada. Offers searchable online collections of textual documents, photographs, audio recordings, and other digitized resources. Also includes virtual exhibits about Canadian history and culture, and research aids that assist in locating material in the physical collections.
The website for "Archivaria," the journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA), is devoted to the scholarly investigation of archives in Canada and internationally. Offers some full text articles and abstracts from back issues. A Simon Fraser University website.
Canadian Library Association
The website for the Canadian Library Association. Check out the CLA Digest for the latest news in Canada's library and information sciences sector.
Peter Smith Associates Inc.
Click on the building names to view illustrated descriptions of theatres and galleries designed by Canadian architectural firm Peter Smith Associates Inc.
Evolution of a Web Site: The Virtual Gramophon Story
A history of the "Virtual Gramophone," one of the first fully integrated multimedia sites to appear on the Internet. From the journal CAML.