[Canada] Library and Archives Canada Amicus System Reported to Be Outsourced

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is reported in the Ottawa Citizen, to be outsourcing their AMICUS, their free national catalog listing the holdings of libraries across Canada. AMICUS shows the published materials held at LAC and those located in over 1,300 libraries across Canada.  According to the AMICUS website it includes over 30 million books, government documents, newspapers and more. (See: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/amicus/006002-122-e.html)

While other suppliers have until April 9 to make a submission,  according to the Ottawa Citizen the contract will be going to US-based Online Computer Library Centre Inc. (OCLC), the world’s largest library co-operative and it was announced by LAC publishing a detailed advance contract award notice on the government’s tender website last week. There is no notice on the LAC website at the time of this email being written.  This is part of the overall move to digitize more of the LAC holdings. OCLC is also the aggregator for World Cat with over 2 billion holdings in multiple languages.

To read the Ottawa Citizen article see: http://goo.gl/HXcv8F Original url:

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for alerting us to this LAC development.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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