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The CHA and LAC

Published on April 15, 2014


Ottawa, 15 April 2014 - The Canadian Historical Association congratulates Dr. Guy Berthiaume on his appointment as the new Librarian and Archivist of Canada and wishes him all the best in his new functions. 

The CHA has a longstanding history of collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, and is looking forward to continue this common work under Dr. Berthiaume’ administration.  As users of archives and libraries, educators, and experts about the past, CHA members have much to contribute to the development of LAC.

“We are pleased that the new Librarian and Archivist of Canada  is highly knowledgeable on issues related to library and archives after having served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) since 2009” commented the CHA President, Dominique Marshall.  “Dr. Berthiaume’s role as Secretary General of the Réseau francophone numérique since 2010 will undoubtedly also provide invaluable insight to LAC at it moves forward with the digitisation of its vast collection while his own formation as a historian will give him great insight as to the needs of LAC’s users and the historical meaning of the current and future collections”.

In closing, the CHA is looking forward to contact Dr. Berthiaume with its more pressing concerns which pertain to access to archival and library holdings at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). In particular, the CHA would like to continue to discuss how LAC intends to engage the CHA and the national archival community in integrating historical and archival expertise in the roll-out of the Whole of Society model. Sincerely,
Dominique Marshall
Canadian Historical Association

About the Canadian Historical Association / La Société historique du Canada                   

Founded in 1922, the Canadian Historical Association / La Société historique du Canada is a bilingual not-for-profit association devoted to fostering the scholarly study and communication of history in Canada. It is the largest of its kind in the country. The Association seeks to encourage the integration of historical knowledge and perspectives in both the scholarly and public spheres, to ensure the accessibility of historical resources, and to defend the rights and freedoms of professional and emerging historians in the pursuit of historical inquiry.

For more information, please contact:
Michel Duquet, CHA Executive Director 613 233-7885                                                                                 


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