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Canada: Library of Parliament prefers print for preservation

According to their web site, “The mission of the Library of Parliament is to provide Parliament, in a timely fashion, with comprehensive and reliable information, documentation, research and analysis while maintaining extensive and pertinent collections to support the functions of legislation and representation; and to provide information about Canada’s Parliament to the public.”

With so many parliamentary publications available electronicly, how will the Library of Parliament assure preservation? In an April 26, 2006 response to a recent query on this topic to the Infodep mailing list, Cynthia Hubbertz, Chief, Collection Development of the Library of Parliament said:

At the Library of Parliament , we are actually building a print preservation collection precisely because we believe, as many do, that print has no equal for long term preservation, and that, as publications go WEB only, we have a duty to preserve them in print.

You should be able to eventually find the entire e-mail in the Infodep archives.

Kudos to the Library of Parliament for thinking long-term.

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