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Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Certifies Canadiana as Trustworthy Digital Repository

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-08-04

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) has completed a preservation audit of Canadiana.org, and on the basis of that audit certified Canadiana’s digital repository as a trustworthy repository service. The certification applies specifically to Canadiana’s ability to preserve static digital files in common file formats produced through the digitization of physical materials. Canadiana digitizes physical documents and artifacts and makes those materials available through a number of web portals under its control.  For purposes of the CRL audit those portals included: Early Canadiana Online; Héritage; Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada; and DFATD Digital Library. (The certification does not apply to born-digital materials and other digital files that are archived by Canadiana but produced by others.) The certification report can be downloaded here.

Unlike other digital preservation services certified by CRL, such as CLOCKSS and Portico, Canadiana is not a repository focused solely on preservation. Instead, Canadiana’s preservation functions are integrated with its platform for managing digital content for a set of publicly accessible digital libraries.

The certification is based upon review by CRL and its Certification Advisory Panel of extensive documentation gathered by CRL independently from open sources and third parties, as well as data and documentation provided by Canadiana.

CRL conducted its audit with reference to generally accepted best practices in the management of digital systems. These include the Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC); ISO standard 16363 (Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories); the Open Archive Information System (OAIS) reference model; and other metrics developed by CRL through its analyses of digital repositories.

In assessing Canadiana services and capabilities CRL gave special consideration to the interests of the Canadian academic research libraries. Those interests were represented by members of the CRL certification advisory panel for the audit:  Mark Jordan, Head of Library Systems, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University; Tim Au Yeung, Consultant, Digital Object Repository, University of Calgary; and Pascal Calarco, Associate University Librarian, Digital and Discovery Services, University of Waterloo.

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Season’s Greetings!

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014-12-21

I wonder if I might crave your momentary indulgence in order to discharge a by no means disagreeable obligation which has, over the years, become more or less established practice in government service as we approach the terminal period of the year -- calendar, of course, not financial -- in fact, not to put too fine a point on it, Week Fifty-One -- and submit to you, with all appropriate deference, for your consideration at a convenient juncture, a sincere and sanguine expectation -- indeed confidence -- indeed one might go so far as to say hope -- that the aforementioned period may be, at the end of the day, when all relevant factors have been taken into consideration, susceptible to being deemed to be such as to merit a final verdict of having been by no means unsatisfactory in its overall outcome and, in the final analysis, to give grounds for being judged, on mature reflection, to have been conducive to generating a degree of gratification which will be seen in retrospect to have been significantly higher than the general average.

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Call for Nominations: 2014 CLA Emerging Leader Award

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014-02-25

Do you know an emerging leader in our profession?

Some who demonstrates leadership or active participation in association work?

Why not nominate that person for the Canadian Library Association (CLA) Emerging Leader Award?

Who is eligible?

  • A librarian or library technician with less than 5 years’ experience in the profession; and
  • Is a member of the Canadian Library Association

Nominations should be in the form of a letter and include:

  • the nominee’s name and contact details;
  • details of the nominee’s contribution to association work, including a list of any elected or appointed leadership roles;
  • the nominator’s full name and contact information.

The CLA Emerging Leader Award will be presented at CLA Conference Closing Ceremonies, to be held Saturday, May 31st during the CLA 2014 National Conference in Victoria, British Columbia. The award includes the following benefits:

  • Complimentary CLA Conference Registration
  • Travel & Accommodation to CLA Conference
  • Presentation Plaque

Nominations deadline: Friday, February 28, 2014

Send your nominations to:

  • By fax: 613-563-9895
  • By mail:

CLA Emerging Leader Award Jury
c/o Canadian Library Association
1150 Morrison Drive, Suite 400
Ottawa ON  K2H 8S9

This award is generously sponsored by Counting Opinions.

Nominations can be submitted to: CLA Emerging Leader Award Jury
c/o Canadian Library Association
1150 Morrison Drive, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON K2H 8S9
Tel.: (613) 232-9625 Ext 322
Fax: (613) 563-9895
E-mail: 
info@cla.ca

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