May 16, 2022

New Report: “Systemic Investigation of Library and Archives Canada Brings to Light Critical Access to Information Challenges”

Systemic Investigation of Library and Archives Canada Brings to Light Critical Access to Information Challenges was published today by the Information Commissioner of Canada.

From the Publication Announcement:

The Information Commissioner of Canada’s special report, Access at issue: the challenge of accessing our collective memory, was tabled today in Parliament. The report details findings that resulted from her investigation into systemic issues affecting Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

This investigation provided the Commissioner with the opportunity to draw Parliament’s attention to two of the broader challenges facing Canada’s access to information system, explored in detail in her special report:

  • the manner in which consultations on access requests are conducted between institutions; and
  • the lack of a Government-wide framework for the declassification of records.

The Commissioner’s systemic investigation found several issues impeding LAC’s ability to provide access to the information under its control, leading the Commissioner to conclude that LAC is not meeting its obligations under the Access to Information Act. At the conclusion of her investigation, the Commissioner provided ten recommendations for tackling these issues effectively.

As timeliness across the system continues to deteriorate, the consequences of inaction can no longer be ignored.

Leslie Weir, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, has released a statement about the report.

Direct to Full Text Report

Direct to Full Text Report (pages; PDF.)
17 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

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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