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Library and Archives Canada Business Plan 2008 - 2011

Message from the Librarian and Archivist of Canada

Since the creation of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in 2004, we have become more than just a new kind of knowledge institution. We have earned worldwide attention for our innovations and our commitment to partnerships. We are helping enable the Government of Canada’s commitment to a new level of accountability to citizens. We have responded to Canadians who want more access to the priceless items in our collection, whether through the Web, travelling exhibitions, interlibrary loans, and other means of reaching them wherever they live.

These have been challenging, exciting years for LAC and our staff. We have learned many valuable lessons along the way and we have taken the time to considerour best options for the future. This business plan provides a road map to where those options will lead us and will keep us on track to reaching our goals. Due to the efforts of managers throughout our organization, we have established clear strategic choices that will shape our future. We have identified steps to take that are already guiding specific actions within LAC. We have assessed the risks ahead of us and developed approaches to address them.

The business planning process has been valuable. It encouraged us to learn from our experience to date and to evaluate our choices honestly and clearly. It demonstrated how committed the people of LAC are to the roles this institution plays in building a knowledge society and to the contributions we make globally. It reminded us that while we now have a guide for management decisions today, we also have a living document that we can adjust to address unexpected changes in our operational environment and to seize opportunities to deliver on our mandate.

Most importantly, the business plan process is a critical step for LAC in making the most of its people, infrastructure, money and our other resources. Part of our success in attracting new partners will be to show that we are using our current resources in the best and most strategic ways -- and that we are prepared to adapt in order to reach our goals more effectively. This business plan is quite simply about creating the future we want for LAC -- a future of importance to all Canadians and to people around the world interested in Canada’s stories.

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