Added on 5 April 2017

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is pleased to announce that Library and Archives Canada (LAC) became an Associate Member of the Coalition in March, last month.

LAC is in the process of formalizing its digital preservation program, in order to meet its national mandate for long term preservation and enduring access to Canada’s documentary heritage, and to serve as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

LAC’s digital collections contain a wide range of Canada’s digital documentary heritage collections including digital books and serials, e-theses and dissertations, official publications of the Government of Canada, and Web Archives.  LAC also acquires and preserves Canadian federal government digital records, and digital collections from private archives, as well as a significant amount of digitized content.  

“We hope to learn from and contribute to the international community of experts on digital preservation, in order to enhance our own expertise and accelerate program development,” explains Faye Lemay, Digital Preservation Manager for LAC.

“We really think that it will be beneficial to obtain access to advice from community experts, as well as research and training on digital preservation. This knowledge and shared expertise will be used to support our program development, policy guidance, technology and standards development.”

Chair of the DPC and Deputy Keeper of the Records of Scotland, Laura Mitchell welcomed LAC to the DPC saying, “we are delighted that Library and Archives Canada has chosen to join our growing international community. We look forward to exchanging knowledge and experiences in order to strengthen our understanding of digital preservation best practice from around the world.”

The DPC helps members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections. The Coalition also raises awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges and supports members through advocacy, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership.

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