Tuesday, May 07, 2013

With friends like these

Last week Chris Cobb of the Ottawa Citizen reported a long piece on Library and Archives Canada and interviewed many of its critics and LAC director Daniel Caron too:
Of the professionals who criticize him Caron says: “I am probably their best friend but they will discover that later.”
Cobb quotes Myron Groover, archivist at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, on LAC's emphasis on digitization as the LAC's future:  
“Caron has carefully constructed a body of people he takes advice from who don’t know how archives or technology works,” says Groover. “They use the ‘D’ word as a magic rhetorical bullet because it’s an easier sell to the public and only nerds like me know that the reality is a lot more complex, expensive and labour intensive.”
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