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Library Funding and the Public Good

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Jason Friedman

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Preservation of Information under threat at LAC
Budget reduction of 17% in 1 year
Closure of regional centres
Reduced access and service
Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans
Closure of 7 of 11 regional libraries
Permanent loss of materials for researchers
Cuts in funding to government libraries reduce:
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Intellectual Freedom
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Preservation of Information
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the Public Good
Threats to Intellectual Freedom
Yet... the social contributions of libraries are under threat... in the era of austerity...
Federal Library Funding in Canada:
Intellectual Freedom, Preservation of Information and the Public Good

Luc Cusson
Jason Friedman

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The Federal Budget
The Goal: Balanced Budget for 2015-2016
The Means:
Reducing spending through "more efficient government operations"
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Parks Canada
Consolidation of 5 regional libraries into 1
The Public Good and Public Health
Closure of Health Canada main library
Reduced access to information for scientists and researchers
Reduced access to information for clinicians and health professionals
Health Science Libraries are highly valued by those in the field
Why libraries?
Information is less visible
Google syndrome
Questionable usage statistics
Impact
- Job losses
- Services cut
- Valuable information lost
- Degraded research ability

Criticisms
What happens to Canadian history without support from Library and Archives Canada?
How will we understand the impact of climate change without research support?
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What happens to public health without access to the best and latest research?
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Conclusion
The reduced funding to government libraries has a negative impact on Intellectual Freedom, Preservation of information, and the Public Good.
References
And ideology?
Bartlett, J. and Marshall, J. The Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care: Canadian Results From an International Multisite Study. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, 2013, 34(03): 138-146, 10.5596/c13-063

Collins, T. (2012). The current budget environment and its impact on libraries, publishers and vendors. Journal of Library Administration, 52(1), 18-35. doi:10.1080/01930826.2012.630643

Dupuis, J. The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment. ScienceBlogs. 20 May 2013. http://scienceblogs.com/confessions/2013/05/20/the-canadian-war-on-science-a-long-unexaggerated-devastating-chronological-indictment/

Germano, M. (2011). The library value deficit. The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, 24(2), 100-106. doi:10.1108/08880451111169124

Government of Canada. Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity. Economic Action Plan 2013.

Groover, M. The Wrecking of Canada's Library and Archives. The Tyree. 7 June 2012. http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/06/07/LibraryCuts/

Linnitt, C. Harper’s Attack on Science: No Science, No Evidence, No Truth, No Democracy. Academic Matters : The Journal of Higher Education. May 2013. http://www.academicmatters.ca/2013/05/harpers-attack-on-science-no-science-no-evidence-no-truth-no-democracy/

Nikiforuk, A. Canada's Science Library Closures Mirror Bush's Playbook. The Tyree. 9 January 2014. http://thetyee.ca/News/2014/01/09/Harper-Science-Library-Closure/

Owens, B. Canadian Government Accused of Destroying Environmental Archives. Nature: News. 17 January 2014. doi:10.1038/nature.2014.14539

Payton, L. Health Canada Library Changes Leave Scientists Scrambling. CBC. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/health-canada-library-changes-leave-scientists-scrambling-1.2499217

Thorkelson, E. DFO Library Closures Anger Scientific Community. http://desmog.ca/2014/01/09/dfo-library-closures-anger-scientific-community
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