Last weekend, I wrote an article about federal government cutbacks at the LAC for Columns, the newsletter for ISFHWE http://www.isfhwe.org/ (International Society of Family History Writers and Editors), of which I am the International/At-Large Director.
In the article, I mentioned that the LAC is promoting the digitization of the microfilm that the LAC holds. This is a laudable idea, making the records available for everyone online so that you won't have to go to the LAC in Ottawa. But on the other hand – it is not indexed!
So you will have to spend hours in front of your computer (instead of a microfilm reader) trying to find the person you are looking for. And they are cutting back on the number of people digitizing the microfilm – so what now?
To read the latest posts on the LAC, here are some blogs and websites that you can check -
On to Ottawa Trek, in photos Blogger John D. Reid has been keeping his eye on the LAC ever since he started his Anglo-Celtic Connections blog, http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/2012/05/on-to-ottawa-trek-in-photos.html. He, as well as his readers, have seen the LAC go through its many revisions over the years until it has come to this – a mock funeral held on its doorsteps on May 28, 2012.
Archivists Protest in Ottawa Over Federal Cuts The CBC has a write-up of the mock funeral held in Ottawa www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2012/05/28/archivists-protest.html.
Ottawa Citizen Photos and Video Another story on the mock funeral held in Ottawa. www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Photos+Video+attend+funeral+archival+funding+cuts/6691237/story.html