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Letter from Mr. Wilson Advising the Library and Archives Community of his Retirement.

Dear Colleagues,

I wish to advise you of my retirement as the Librarian and Archivist of Canada effective April 24th 2009. Although retiring, I will continue to be active as I fulfill my mandate as President of the International Council of Archives, and work on projects of interest to libraries and archives.

It was a special privilege to work with Roch Carrier and our entire staff team in creating the Library and Archives of Canada. We described it then as a voyage of discovery, exploring the possibilities of an integrated knowledge institution serving Canadians in the 21st Century. This has been a collective effort, reflecting the ideas, commitment and skills of all staff. The vision we developed together is a compelling one, of broad interest nationally and internationally. It is boldly proclaimed in the preamble to our legislation and it has inspired partners and stakeholders alike in working with us. I encourage all of you to sustain the momentum.

Advice and encouragement of national, international and public service colleagues has been both beneficial and deeply appreciated. The opportunities to meet noted Canadians and visitors have been enjoyable, but working daily with so many knowledgable and creative people is what I will treasure most. Almost every visitor I brought through our buildings commented on how impressed they were by the obvious dedication of our staff. I have been proud to be associated with each of you. Thank you and best wishes.

The Government will make an announcement shortly regarding my successor.

Ian E. Wilson