OTTAWA The head of Canada's National Library and Archives resigned Wednesday, surprising librarians and archivists who say they hope his replacement because the country's top librarian is a better advocate for the trade.
Daniel Caron landed in hot water with Heritage Minister James Moore now after it was revealed that he Timberland Shoes Australia
spent nearly $5,000 of taxpayer funds on private Spanish lessons this past year.
The publicly available figures show Caron expensed $87,000 in every of 2011 and 2012, dwarfing Moore's own expenses, which averaged $46,000 in each of those years.
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As they was not available to comment on the numbers released Wednesday, Caron had earlier defended his efforts to learn Spanish on the public tab, saying he was attempting to reach a basic competence within the language for attending international conferences, including the Forum of National Archivists in Toledo, Spain, and the International Federation of Library Associations in Puerto Rico.
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the 2009 week, in which Moore "spoke with Mr. Caron making it clear that spending taxpayer's cash on Spanish lessons was wrong," Moore's spokeswoman Jessica Fletcher Abercrombie Sydney
told the Citizen.
Caron announced his sudden departure in a short internal email, delivered to LAC staff Wednesday, without any reason given for the resignation. "Over the last four years, we have made a lot Beats Studio
of progress in modernizing our institution," he wrote. "I am very proud of the accomplishments and Cheap Oakley Australia
conscious of the work yet to be done. The difficulties remain vast and fascinating. I now believe it is time for someone else to take on and build the necessary support to carry on to make the institution increasingly attentive to the digital environment. I would like to thank all of those who have largely contributed to the progress made and encourage you to definitely continue Cheap Nike Shox Uk
this collaboration."Caron's critics, however, would call his tenure neither productive nor progressive, saying instead that his policies barely adhered to the Library and Archives legal mandate to get, protect and preserve documents and artifacts vital that you Canada's history and identity.
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oversaw major staff downsizing towards the department, reduced funding to lots of tiny archives across Canada, halted most acquisitions of historical artifacts, closed the nation's Archival Development Program, and stopped a method of interlibrary loans through which Canadians could access material from the vast collections.
In the process, he alienated most of the country's librarians and archivists, who said his training being an economist did little to inform his policymaking for the national repository of Canada's political, military and cultural history.
"He would talk about how he wanted to modernize and digitize. However he wasn't really able to show that he was building any infrastructure to support those activities in the long run."
Groover said his colleagues across the country were breathing a collective sigh of relief in the news, but wondered who Caron's replacement would be.
"I think the general consensus in the community is that we would really like to see someone who has a professional background and some demonstrated experience with successfully running libraries and archives. That would seem to be a good baseline."
In an emailed statement, Kelly Moore, executive director from the Canadian Library Association, said Caron's resignation "will allow Library and Archives Canada to show a page Womens Pjs Uk
and return focus to delivering on its core mandate."