May 17, 2021

Canada: Locals Vow to Rebuild After Local Library, Archives Razed in Lac-Megantic Fire

From Canadian Press:

The fatal train disaster that obliterated much of Lac-Megantic also destroyed the local library, including irreplaceable items outlining the history of the town and the surrounding area.

Nothing is left of the building — which bordered the railway tracks — except ash.

Including books, some 60,000 items are gone.

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The Library and National Archives of Quebec says the loss of the Lac-Megantic archives is huge.

“They were unique, original documents and we don’t have copies of them in our possession,” said spokeswoman Martine Rouette.

Rouette said the library is ready to provide its expertise to Lac-Megantic to help it rebuild.

“We are available to them,” Rouette said. “There is really a (sense of) solidarity among libraries.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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