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Library and Archives Canada Business Plan 2008 - 2011

Infrastructure Investments

LAC faces two major infrastructure-related challenges with regards to fulfilling its mandate. First, the current infrastructure is inadequate to safeguard Canada's documentary heritage and to manage vital government records that are now in LAC custody. New facilities are planned for nitrate preservation and to house published heritage collections until additional preservation space is available, but a large part of the documentary heritage will remain in facilities which will need replacement or investments in the medium term. Second, even with best practices governing acquisitions, the anticipated growth in acquisition of documentary heritage, government records and legal deposit will continue to expand the collection and increase the need for additional space.

To complement other elements of our business planning, LAC has initiated a process to develop an integrated, institution-wide infrastructure strategy for the long term that is consistent with the vision and goals set out in Directions for Change and the strategic framework. That process, through LAC-wide actions and those at the sector and branch level has led to the broad outline of an infrastructure strategy for LAC, recognizing that detailed plans for the implementation of specific elements of the strategy will be developed over time.

As a technology-enabled organization, LAC requires significant continuous investments in terms of technological infrastructure and infrastructure support resources in order to fully deliver on its mandate. We will want our information technology to be scalable, interoperable, and Web-enabled to facilitate achievement of major technological initiatives, which will result in a greater overall efficiency. The rapidly changing information environment is creating new needs, new uses for our information, an unprecedented volume of information, a need for new work processes, and complex security, authentication and digital rights management requirements. It is important that ongoing investments in these areas are available to ensure reliable, secure and robust technology to deliver LAC's mandate, strategic choices and goals. It is a priority to provide timely systems and services that respond to LAC business priorities and to manage the technology infrastructure to improve efficiency.

The emerging infrastructure strategy has four elements, set out below, and offers an overall framework for the development of detailed plans for facilities and information and communication technology infrastructure. It is expected to provide a basis for making strategic choices and guiding requests for infrastructure funding that will enable us to address the risks to a collection of often fragile and unique items, through initiatives such as more preservation facilities. It will help us make choices in terms of the information technology infrastructure that will enable us to make the LAC collection better known to Canadians and to support our commitment to digitization.

Framework for emerging infrastructure strategy

  • Safeguard Canada's documentary heritage
  • Build LAC's visibility and symbolic presence as a major national heritage institution
  • Enhance LAC's presence outside of the National Capital Region by creating points of service in the regions
  • Maximize opportunities for collaboration among the communities involved in the acquisition, preservation or diffusion of knowledge

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