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Project Description - Federal Laboratories Initiative

Modernizing Library and Archives Canada's Preservation, Digitization, and Archival Processing Laboratories

Canadian Heritage

Gatineau, Quebec

Name and function of Laboratory / Facility
Preservation Centre
– This state-of-the-art facility provides an optimum storage environment and advanced laboratories for Canada's documentary heritage collection. The staff of this Centre are experts in the fields of documentary heritage preservation and digitization.

Place de la Cité – This building houses most of the archival acquisition functions of Library and Archives Canada. This function includes the processing of archival records - arranging, selecting, describing, and cataloguing the records for access.

Funding amount
Amount to be spent in 2009-10: $1,400,000.00
Amount to be spent in 2010-11: $1,600,000.00

Project description
Modifications are required to several Library and Archives laboratories in both the Preservation Centre and at Place de la Cité in order to respond to digital media requirements and to sustain analog media preservation requirements. The work at Place de la Cité is focused on modernizing the mechanical systems of two laboratories and to address dehumidification issues. The work at the Preservation Centre is to address the needs of the general collection as it now needs to meet the growing demands of digital media treatment for the purpose of acquisition, storage, access, and preservation. It is estimated that this project will create work opportunities for approximately 30 people in design/engineering firms and in the construction field over the two year course of the project. It will also involve the purchase of construction materials and mechanical equipment.

Prepared by:

Richard Provencher
Chief, Media Relations
Library and Archives Canada