Report: Alberta Librarians Saving Online Scientific Reports, Policy Documents Before Government Change
An Alberta librarian has been archiving much of the provincial government’s online content – including studies on health, climate-change policy and poverty reduction – to prepare for a change in government.
The United Conservative Party won a strong majority government over the NDP earlier this week and is to be sworn in April 30.
Katie Cuyler, a public services and government information librarian at the University of Alberta, said staff used to get paper copies of all government documents but that procedure changed when reports started going online.
Ms. Cuyler said she has archived hundreds of thousands of policy documents and scientific reports online, which will be available through an online portal with the University of Alberta or Wayback Machine.
A similar effort took place in Ontario shortly after the Progressive Conservatives won a majority government in the province last June.
About Gary Price
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.