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Subject: Reply from Fisheries and Oceans Canada

posted Jun 27, 2013, 7:51 PM by SOS SaveOceanScience   [ updated Jun 27, 2013, 7:51 PM ]

From: XNCR, Min [mailto:Min@DFO-MPO.GC.CA]
Sent: June 27, 2013 4:55 PM
Subject: Reply from Fisheries and Oceans Canada

  Peter  <<Initial Request for 2013-001-00848.TIF>> Wells, Ph.D.

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  Dear Dr. Wells:

  Thank you for your correspondence of April 8, 2013, concerning the closure of the library at the St. Andrews Biological Station in New Brunswick . 

  In the context of the government-wide spending review, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) considered that more and more Canadians turn to electronic sources such as the internet to search for resources and information.  This willingness of Canadians to look online, coupled with an increasing presence of information online, such as electronic scientific journals, enables the Department to consolidate its library resources.

  I recognize that DFO's libraries contain one of the world's most comprehensive collections of information on fisheries, aquatic sciences and nautical sciences, and I assure you that the entire library collection will remain available.   The Library Collection Development and Management Guideline was developed collaboratively by our experienced library staff in consultation with scientists, all of whom recognize the value of grey literature to science.  Archival materials are not included in the scope of the library closure and will remain at SABS. 

  As you may be aware, materials retained from the St Andrews Biological Station library will be integrated into the library collection at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth , Nova Scotia .  We are well aware of the important contribution librarians make to the work of science, and we are strengthening our team to provide effective service from our consolidated locations.

  Modernizing DFO's library resources will allow for easier and more cost-efficient search and access for Canadians, regardless of their location.  The Department is focusing its efforts to digitize and remove duplicate collections while ensuring that unique collections, including those currently at St. Andrews , are preserved and kept accessible. 

  All material for which the Crown owns copyright can be digitized for a client.  Some materials are now freely available in digital form on the internet.  For other materials, where intellectual property rights and copyright law allow, portions of publications will be able to be scanned, upon request, and sent by email or, failing that, shipped to requesters.  Members of the public can use WAVES, DFO's online catalogue, to search the Department's library collection at < >.  WAVES makes it possible to search the collections of all of DFO's libraries in one place.

  The federal government must constantly adjust its program activities to ensure that taxpayers' money is directed toward achieving results for Canadians, while considering the needs of our ever-changing world.  In this context, I would like to close by reiterating that, despite the closure of the library at the St. Andrew's Biological Station, DFO's library resources will continue to remain available to Canadians.  Library users will continue to have access to the DFO online library catalogue, and can request materials as they do now as well as contacting the libraries for assistance by telephone, email or facsimile.  For additional information, please visit DFO's website at < >.

  Thank you for taking the time to write.  I trust that this response has helped to address your concerns.

  Yours sincerely,

  Original Signed By

  Keith Ashfield


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