Anybody who has been following the situation knows that morale has been plummeting in recent months at the facility. The latest development from LAC now is a new 23 page code of conduct that suggests that social media is a threat when used by archivists as it might undermine "a public servant’s duty of loyalty to the elected government", with acts such as blogging potentially leading to "disciplinary action". Staff are also encouraged to squeal about wrongdoers, and then it all gets apparently Orwellian: “teaching, speaking at conferences, and other personal engagements" is apparently high risk and dangerous, which can lead to conflicts with staff members' duties and their "duty of loyalty".
Now to be fair, I attended a talk at LAC itself last year and managed to briefly film those in attendance for this blog - so I do have some evidence of just how dangerous the Ottawa crowd are:
You can see the problem - dangerous! (Aye, a tough crowd!) The code of conduct is available at www.scribd.com/doc/130187655/LAC-Code-of-Conduct-Values-and-Ethics - have a good look at pages 9 and 17.
There's a quite a bit of commentary on this - John Reid at http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/muzzling-federal-librarians.html and Sue Carter Flinn at www.quillandquire.com/blog/index.php/libraries/controversial-library-and-archives-canada-code-of-conduct-names-teaching-as-high-risk-activity for starters. Also the National Post in Canada http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/03/15/library-and-archives-canada/.
And here's a comment I have just read from a British based archivist on Twitter: "#Library and #Archives Canada - currently proving itself 2be the biggest basket case in our profession @ present".
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