Library and Archives Cananda Resumes Spending After Six Years Of Cuts
In its first purchase in six years, the collector of national art and archives announced Thursday it would spend $175,000 on 10 items from the coveted Winkworth collection, including a variety of watercolour paintings and a journal of a tour in Canada, the United States and Jamaica.
The move is one that even its harshest critics say is a step in the right direction after years of austerity. The Canadian Association of University Teachers has long raised concerns about gaps in Canada’s historical record as a result of the national library’s lack of spending on artifacts. But with the resumption of spending, the organization sees some reason for optimism.
“There is still much that needs to be done to reverse the damage done to LAC, including the reinstatement of the interlibrary loans program and a return to specialist archivists on staff at the institution,” said David Robinson, the association’s executive director.
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