Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions

The Expert Panel on Memory Institutions and the Digital Revolution (2015) Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions. Project Report. Council of Canadian Academies, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Abstract

Memory institutions (libraries, archives, museums and galleries) are confronted with many challenges, from technological change, resource challenges, and shifting public expectations. Cultural documents are frequently “born digital”, while older materials need to be digitized for better public access. Furthermore, memory institutions of all types face the difficult task of preserving digital files in formats that will remain accessible over the long- term. As one of the most wired populations in the world, Canadians expect their heritage to be accessible and discoverable online. Today, past content and digital information is not always accessible. New ways of acquiring, preserving, and accessing materials are straining the resources of memory institutions but they are also creating new opportunities to present holdings, collaborate amongst one another, and engage the public. Understanding the challenges faced by memory institutions, Library and Archives Canada requested the Council conduct this in-depth assessment to better understand and navigate this period of change. Canada is falling behind as the vast amounts of digital information created are at risk of being lost because many traditional tools are no longer adequate. This is a matter that will not fade away with time, but only become more prominent if not addressed. Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions explores the challenges and opportunities that exist for libraries, archives, museums, and galleries as they adapt to the digital age. This report will help those involved in this area reshape their policies and identify strategic opportunities. Finally, the report brings together a wide range of successful practices taking place around the world and that could be considered for the Canadian context.

Item Type: Report (Project Report)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8366
Item ID: 8366
Additional Information: Issued also in French under title : À la fine pointe du monde numérique.
Department(s): Memorial University Libraries
Date: 2015
Date Type: Publication
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Digital preservation--Canada
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