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Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has a mandate to preserve Canada's documentary heritage and make it accessible to all, and to serve as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. One major initiative in the LAC modernization project is to prepare a new acquisition management framework based on the three pillars of documentary heritage: acquisition, preservation, and resource discovery. This framework will rely on the four guiding principles for determining the value of acquisitions: significance, sufficiency, sustainability and society.
Essentially, making acquisitions means locating the most significant documents in an overabundance of information. The LAC branches, divisions and sections involved in the collection acquisition process are as follows:
LAC Business Lines Linked with the Collection Acquisition Process
Documentary Heritage Collection Sector
Programs and Services Sector
Through the modernization project, the collection development process is currently undergoing an extensive review in order to improve decision making for purchases and the justification of acquisitions. The following initiatives were underway in 2009:
The documents in the Canadian collection essentially come from three sources. Publishers have a legal obligation to provide copies of all works published in Canada to LAC (legal deposit). The Government of Canada's departments and agencies transfer any of their documents that have operational or archival value. Numerous documents are donated; LAC also purchases a number of documents and retrieves a large volume of them directly from the Internet.