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Library and Archives Canada (LAC) works in an information universe of phenomenal growth. This explosive growth of content, combined with the expectations of Canadians that they should be able to find anything, anywhere, anytime have generated fundamental and sweeping change for LAC and all memory institutions. Indeed, as LAC strives to effectively meet its mandate, all three of its business lines: acquisitions, preservation, and resource discovery are taking place in a context of significant change. This challenge has led LAC to review its responsibilities through a process of modernization.
The Management Accountability Framework (MAF) establishes the elements that set out the Government of Canada's expectation for sound public service management. As well, it serves as a benchmark to reinforce sound management practices, reflecting a government-wide focus on strengthening accountabilities and achieving results for Canadians. As a result, the MAF is viewed as an essential management tool that can help guide and give structure to LAC's process of organizational change.
During this process, LAC will be paying close attention to its adherence to sound financial management that ensures that monies are wisely spent, the promulgation of professional values and ethical behaviour, the client-based delivery of services, and an effective management of its human resources. At the same time, LAC will continue its efforts to maintain a professional bureaucratic approach where decision making is policy driven.
Daniel J. Caron
Librarian and Archivist of Canada