Canadiana archive to become free in 2019
Ottawa-based Library and Archives Canada will remove the subscription paywall to it's Canadiana collection on Jan. 1, 2019. The collection consists of approximately 60 million pages of digital documentation relating to Canadian heritage, including archival material, government publications, periodicals, monographs, annuals and newspapers. Consumers will be able to access this material free of charge. The change in policy is due to the recent merger of the charity Canadiana.org and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, a not-for-profit organization comprising 75 Canadian universities.
"When our members outlined the vision and goals of a merged organization, ensuring the widespread access to the Canadiana collections was of vital importance," said Alan Shepard, chair of the CRKN board of directors. "Expanding access to this content encourages the study of Canada, both within and outside of the country. We are proud to have followed through on our commitment to the community in our first year of operations as a merged organization."