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Government Information in Canada

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  • Public access to government information forms the foundation of a healthy liberal democracy, but because this information can be precarious, it needs stewardship. Government Information in Canada provides analysis about the state of Canadian government information publishing. Practitioners from across the country draw on decades of experience and hands-on practice to offer a broad, well-founded survey of history, procedures, and emerging issues—particularly the challenges posed by the transition of government information from print to digital access. This is an indispensable book for librarians, archivists, researchers, journalists, and everyone who uses government information and wants to know more about its publication, circulation, and retention.

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    Introduction: The Evolution of Government Information Services and Stewardship in Canada - Amanda Wakaruk and Sam-chin Li

    I Historical Overviews

    1. Government Publication Deposit Programs: The Canadian Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Landscapes - Graeme Campbell, Michelle Lake, and Catherine McGoveran
    2. Official Publications and Select Digital Library Collections at Library and Archives Canada, 1923 to the Present - Tom J. Smyth
    3. Parliamentary Information in Canada: Form and Function - Talia Chung and Maureen Martyn
    4. Commissions and Tribunals - Caron Rollins

    II Provincial Landscape

    1. Alberta Government Publishing - Dani J. Pahulje
    2. Saskatchewan Government Publications Deposit in the Legislative Library - Gregory Salmers
    3. Inside Track: Challenges of Collecting, Accessing, and Preserving Ontario Government Publications - Sandra Craig and Martha Murphy
    4. Digitization of Government Publications: A Review of the Ontario Digitization Initiative - Carol Perry, Brian Tobin, and Sam-chin Li

    III Looking Forward: Collaborative Stewardship

    1. GALLOP Portal: Making Government Publications in Legislative Libraries Findable - Peter Ellinger
    2. The Canadian Government Information Digital Preservation Network: A Collective Response to a National Crisis - Amanda Wakaruk and Steve Marks
    3. Web Harvesting and Reporting Fugitive Government Materials: Collaborative Stewardship of At-Risk Documents - Susan Paterson, Nicholas Worby, and Darlene Fichter


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