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    • 1. Canadian Government Documents in the Post-Print Depository Era Eamon Duffy Liaison Librarian for Government Information McGill University Library CLA Montreal Network 9 May 2012
    • 2. Depository Services Program• Established in 1927 as a partnership between libraries and the federal government• In the 1990s began collecting and hosting electronic documents
    • 3. R.I.P. DSP?• 2012 Federal Budget cuts• Depository program will be exclusively electronic beginning in 2014• Government of Canada Publications Catalogue• Canadian Government Publications on the Web (Carleton University)
    • 4. Who will safeguard public documents?• The government says the DSP will continue providing access to electronic publications.• Can we trust them?• The DSP exists as a matter of policy, not law. It could be cancelled by the government at any time.• The government is currently cutting funding to federal libraries and LAC.
    • 5. Examples from other governments• Québec – BAnQ’s Publications numériques du Québec (collection gouvernementale) – Permanently archived with permanent links. – Extremely thorough – a very high percentage of all electronic publications are collected and preserved. – Vulnerable because publications are stored in one place.
    • 6. LOCKSS-USDOCS• Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe• A distributed network of identical copies of electronic government documents – an online version of the print depository program.• Protection against server outages, disasters, program cancelation, and document tampering or removal.
    • 7. What will we do in Canada?• CLA Government Information Network meeting in Ottawa
    • 8. Questions?eamon.duffy@mcgill.ca