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
Depository Services Program• Established in 1927 as a partnership between libraries and the federal government• In the 1990s began collecting and hosting electronic documents
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)
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.
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.
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.
What will we do in Canada?• CLA Government Information Network meeting in Ottawa