How’s it going at LAC?

Back on 5 September 2019, on the old blog site, I posted More digital promised at LAC.

Here’s the text.

“Here’s how Librarian and Archivist of Canada Leslie Weir responded to the question “What is your primary aim as Librarian and Archivist of Canada during your four-year term?”

My primary aim is to raise the profile of Library and Archives Canada through enhanced digital presence, responsive services and public programming, and engagement with the public in our new buildings and spaces.

It will be interesting to see what “enhanced digital presence” means. Is it more exhibit type social media — Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc? Hopefully, it’s more than that. In the LAC 3-year plan published in May a goal was “We will increase access to our collection and expand opportunities for the public to enhance LAC’s holdings.” LAC clients will look forward to news on how that will be accomplished with digitization at a pace above that already achieved.”

Now, 20 months in, how do you judge things are going? While the best-laid plans will suffer in an age of COVID the first of the above “enhanced digital presence” is something on which many peer organizations have continued to make progress.

What letter grade would you give Library and Archives Canada in fulfilling the aims stated by Librarian and Archivist of Canada Leslie Weir 20 months ago?

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