Late yesterday afternoon, Library and Archives Canada announced a ten-day consultation period about their upcoming Strategic Plan to 2022.

They’re asking people to join the conversation around three topics: LAC’s priorities, the trends in the heritage field, and “our future.”

Our plans include you

We are asking Canadians to share their ideas and suggestions by email and on PlaceSpeak, an online engagement platform as we prepare our 2019–2022 three-year plan. We have held a series of meetings with our stakeholders and employees, for reflection and exchange and now we wish to broaden our consultation.

Your feedback will help us develop a plan to guide us for the next three years. The plan will be made public in winter 2019.

Join in: how to participate

Who can participate in this consultation?

We want to hear from all Canadians.

Key questions for discussion

  • What do you expect from your national library and national archives?
  • What trends (social, technological, demographic or other) should influence our planning for the next three to five years? Why?
  • What activities should we focus on, and why?

This is a great opportunity to advocate for small heritage organizations in Ontario and across Canada. Send an email, or a tweet using the hashtag, with your thoughts about how LAC can better support the work of libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, and galleries of all sizes.

If you’re short on ideas, we have a few! Let’s start conversations about focusing on better reparative collaborations with First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities, collecting more materials on underrepresented groups, and providing better services to remote and rural populations. Let’s advocate for a widening of the eligibility requirements for the federal Documentary Heritage Communities Program funding, and talk about more and better shared services that will make everyone’s jobs a little easier. It’s also time to see national progress on a Canadian Digital Library!