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Library and Archives Canada Business Plan 2008 - 2011

Key Directions for LAC

A New Kind of Knowledge Institution

Canada is a pioneer in integrating the roles of a national archive and a national library. In addition, LAC has a museum mandate through the Portrait Gallery of Canada. This unprecedented integration of expertise, collections, services and programs will uncover new possibilities for making the documentary heritage of Canada known.

A Truly National Institution

Canada’s geographic, linguistic and cultural diversity is part of our identity as a nation, therefore LAC collections, services and public programs must reflect this diversity. They must be geographically, intellectually, and culturally representative and accessible to all Canadians from wherever they live and work. We will seek new ways to make Canada’s documentary heritage better known and appreciated in all parts of the country.

Work in Partnership with others to Strengthen Canada’s Documentary Heritage

Canada’s documentary heritage extends well beyond LAC. It is held in many institutions across Canada. We will work in partnership with others to strengthen the collection as a whole and to help ensure that Canadians have ready, long-term access to it wherever it is held.

A Prime Learning Destination

The documentary heritage relates the stories of the Canadian experience and reflects our identity and achievements as a nation. It is vital that we present our rich collection in ways that will allow it to be better used by Canadians of all ages as they learn.

A Lead Institution in Government Recordkeeping

Government information is a valuable asset that must be managed as such. In collaboration with key government partners, we will provide leadership, guidance and support to facilitate improvements in recordkeeping across all government departments and agencies.

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