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Wednesday, June 9 • 9:30am - 10:30am
The State of Government Information in the Atlantic Provinces

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Cross pollinate and cultivate.  In Nova Scotia, we have collaborated with a few organizations, but with the current state of government documents in the province, we should do more.  The fact is the Nova Scotia Legislative Library can no longer keep up with the myriads of documents created in a year. It’s taken 5 of us over two years to review the government online material, and we’re still not done.  Other provincial legislative libraries have worked with other provincial library organizations to assist with the stewardship of electronic government documents.  Why can’t we?

This presentation will examine the status of government publications in all four Atlantic provinces and discuss the challenges with government document librarianship in the 21st century. These challenges, however, point to numerous opportunities for ensuring that government information is accessible to all now and in the future. The presentation will also discuss digitization efforts and priorities in the four Atlantic provinces. Some materials in the Nova Scotia Legislative Library need to be digitized in order to preserve them for future use.

Access to government information is a fundamental tenet of democracy. Other countries have struggled for the right to free access to government information. In Canada, we tend to take this access for granted. This information will not be available in the future, however, if we don’t take the time and effort to ensure that there is a stable and reliable system in place. Government information is in crisis, we need to ensure that the proper policies and procedures are in place for effective stewardship of these one-of-a-kind documents.


David McDonald

Legislative Librarian, Nova Scotia Legislative Library
David started with the Nova Scotia Legislative Library in 2003 as the Systems and Library Technology Manager and set up the Nova Scotia Legislative Library’s electronic deposit of Nova Scotia government documents in the fall of 2007.  In 2012-13 he took a leave of absence to manage... Read More →

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Marc Harper

VP President Elect, Atlantic Provinces Library Association

Wednesday June 9, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am ADT
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