The Ontario Library Association has posted a list of the federal budget cuts to libraries and archives, as they are currently understood, here. They include the elimination of the Community Access Program by Industry Canada, the introduction of reduced service delivery at Library and Archives Canada, the elimination of approximately 20% of LAC's workforce, the elimination of LAC's Inter Library Loan Program as it currently exists, and the termination of the National Archival Development Program.
Many of us, as individuals, as grass-roots groups, and through the collective voice of a number of our professional associations have spoken out against these cuts, have shown that we stand in solidarity with our affected colleagues, and have expressed that we fear the true impact that these cuts will have for our profession, for our national and cultural heritage, and for the Canadian public. We should not forget that our profession is one that places access to information, intellectual freedom and freedom of expression as central and essential values, and so we urge you to inform yourself of the issues, to contact your Member of Parliament and to voice your opinion.
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