Library and Archives Canada: A Case Study of a National Library, Archives, and Museum Merger

Michelle Doucet

Abstract

Library and Archives Canada, more commonly known by its acronym, LAC, is a federal government institution. It was created in 2004 from two predecessor institutions, the National Library and the National Archives, both of which enjoyed highly respected, long-standing professional traditions. The former National Library was founded in 1953. It could be compared to the Library of Congress, though it was about ten times smaller and did not have a mission to serve the Parliament, which has its own library. The National Library existed to serve Canadians and Canadian libraries. The former National Archives, founded in 1872, could be compared . . .

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