Digitizing Canada’s heritage top priority for new chief librarian – August 31, 2019

I saw this a few days ago, but forgot to post it – Digitizing Canada’s heritage top priority for new chief librarian: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/library-archives-canada-digitizing-leslie-weir-1.5265444.

Leslie Weir became new Library and Archivist of Canada on Friday.

Canada’s new chief librarian and archivist says her profession’s biggest challenge remains meeting the digital demands of the next generation of library patrons, and that could mean collecting tweets and emails alongside those historical books, maps and photographs.

Leslie Weir, who took over as Library and Archivist of Canada on Friday, told CBC’s Ottawa Morning that in 2000, many were predicting the demise of libraries amid the increasing digitization of books and information. The technology never slowed, yet now, nearly two decades later, libraries are still around.

“In fact, libraries were developers of the digital, they were early adopters of technology and they were the ones to start digitizing our books and our magazines and our family photos,” Weir said.

Weir is aiming to make more of the Library and Archives Canada collection available to the public in digital form, but cautioned it takes time: so far, only about 2.5 per cent of the collection has been digitized.



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