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This section describes the context, objectives, key stakeholders and beneficiaries and resources associated with the initiative.
The mandate of Library and Archives Canada contained in the preamble of the Act to establish the Library and Archives of Canada is:
The overwhelming growth in digital material in recent years has created an overabundance of information. At the same time changing user behaviors and expectations have created considerable challenges for documentary heritage institutions. Although most of the new materials are digital there remains a significant amount of analogue materials which have been collected in the past. Increasingly it is becoming apparent that there is too much content for one institution like LAC to manage alone and that collaboration among like-minded institutions is essential.
To respond to these challenges LAC has developed a new framework based on three pillars of documentary heritage: acquisition, preservation and resource discovery. The guiding principles are significance, sufficiency, sustainability and society. LAC is in the process of consulting with stakeholders regarding the framework.
While there are other actors in other jurisdictions LAC remains the only federal institution with a direct mandate in this area. Thus it contributes directly to the advancement of Canada as a free and democratic society.
The overall objective of the modernization initiative is to ensure that LAC continues to serve the public good and remains relevant to Canadians. To do so LAC must continue to deliver on its mandate while adapting to the new environment within its envelope of allocated resources.
Key stakeholders include; other cultural institutions, publishers and creators of cultural content, libraries and archives, federal government departments and agencies including federal libraries, provincial and territorial governments, and private sector firms including specialized book dealers.
Beneficiaries include to a certain extent all of the above plus current and potential users of the LAC collections.
By 2011-12 LAC will have to operate within a budget envelope of approximately $100 million. It is anticipated that approximately 75% of this total will be made up of salaries paid to approximately 1100 employees. This budget envelope is unlikely to increase over the next five years; in fact, within current and short term economic conditions it is more likely to decline.
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Source: Library and Archives Canada, Report on Plans and Priorities, 2009-10
Note: The above figures include capital spending of $12,531.7 in 2009-10 and $25,677.6 in 2010-11. The figures above also include a special contribution of $21,700 over the three years beginning in 2008-09 to replace obsolete systems and provide the capacity for managing electronic publications and the digital records of the Government of Canada.