I previously reported on this blog list that the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) was considering establishing a pay wall for digitizing the LAC records by a private firm that if adopted would result in a fee charged for the records. That announcement turns out to be not really what is going to happen. Many records will be available free on the Internet, others available only free at the LAC, or available on the Internet for a small fee.
Late this week LAC posted to their website an announcement that they forged a 10-year agreement with Canadiana.org to digitize about 60 million images from its numerous collection. The collection which will be digitized over several years will greatly enhance the availability of these records on the Internet at NO CHARGE. To read the announcement go to: http://tinyurl.com/mqnqdh9 Original url: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/news/Pages/2013/lac-canadiana-partner-digitization.aspx
Canadiana.org is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to building Canada’s digital preservation infrastructure and providing the broadest possible access to Canadian documentary heritage. The 10-year agreement covers the digitization, indexing and description of millions of personal, administrative and government documents, as well as land grants, war diaries and photographs. However, those transcribed pages that Canadiana.org and their created related descriptions will be available to Canadians free of charge at LAC, as well as at hundreds of subscribing libraries in regions across Canada. For a small monthly fee, Canadians will also be able to use the enhanced tools online to conduct advanced searches without leaving home.
Thank you to Dick Eastman and his Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter for alerting us to this new agreement which will bring millions of digitized records to those researching Canada.
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee