Canada’s national digitization plan leaves virtual shelves empty

The strategy points to the emergence of similar initiatives in other countries, but the Canadian targets pale by comparison. For example, the Netherlands plans to digitize 90 per cent of all books published in that country by 2018 along with many newspapers and magazines that pre-date 1940.

Led by Library and Archives Canada and endorsed by Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, pictured, the strategy acknowledges that digital technologies make it possible 'for memory institutions to provide immediate access to their holdings to an almost limitless audience' yet it stops strangely short of trying to do just that.The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

PUBLISHED :Monday, July 25, 2016 12:00 AM

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