Report: Library Changes Seen as Risk to Health Canada’s Credibility
Managers at Health Canada admitted that changes to the department’s library services would lead to risks to the department’s credibility and its ability to produce evidence-based decisions, according to documents obtained by CBC News.
The Access to Information documents reveal management’s point of view during a number of changes that saw staff cut, the physical library moved across town to a National Research Council facility and scientists forced to use a new computer system called Infotrieve to get research material.
One presentation to Health Canada’s Corporate Services Branch in March 2013 acknowledges problems with changes to the computer system in particular.
According to the presentation, the number of requests for research material had already dropped by 80 to 90 per cent.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.