Harper Government Censors and Destroys Decades of Major Research Collections in the Sciences

There are many ways of silencing scientific research and advancement, one of them is to destroy access to valuable research and information.

“Last week the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which is closing five of its seven libraries, allowed scientists, consultants and members of the public to scavenge through what remained of Eric Marshall Library belonging to the Freshwater Institute at the University of Manitoba.” The collections which had been built since the 19th century were dispersed and irrevocably destroyed.

“It was a world class library with some of the finest environmental science and freshwater book collections in the world. It was certainly the best in Canada, but it’s no more,” said Burt Ayles, a 68-year-old retired research scientist and former regional director general for freshwaters in central Canada and the Arctic.

Established in 1973, when foreign governments hailed Canada as a world leader in freshwater science and protection, the library housed tens of thousands of reports, maps, charts and books, including material dating back to the 1880s. The library contained fishery reports on the decline of sturgeon fishing in Lake Winnipeg from the 1890s, said Ayles, and served as invaluable intellectual capital for public researchers at the Freshwater Institute and world famous Experimental Lakes Area.”

Please read this full report: http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/12/09/Dismantling-Fishery-Library/?utm_source=mondayheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=091213

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8 Responses to Harper Government Censors and Destroys Decades of Major Research Collections in the Sciences

  1. Sue Ruddick says:

    What has been done with the collection? Is there something universities can do about this? Can the collection be reapportioned to public universities? Scanned and made available on line in some collaboratory form?

  2. Peter g. Wells says:

    My understanding of this government action is that 9 of 11 DFO libraries were to be closed, then two were selected as holding libraries, then one library is for the time being not being closed , the one in Mont Joli, QC. So 6 libraries have been competely closed. The one in Winnipeg is the latest to close its doors, and to dismantle its unique and irrepaceable collections, some to go westwards to Sidney BC, some to be discarded as described in the above article. The wholesale destruction/reduction of our aquatic and marine science libraries is an event extremely harmful to our work in this field, and to our international reputation and service. I wake up each morning wondering – how could this be happening in Canada, and why aren’t more people outraged? Peter Wells, Halifax, NS. (Environment Canada, retired; Dalhousie University).

    • Thank you for this additional information Peter. We are passing this on to some UofT librarians who are looking into this matter. It seems few know the full details of what has been transpiring and what is happening. We should share as much information as we can – and colleagues at these libraries should be reaching out to the community with updates, if possible. The more we know, the more we might be able to work collaboratively.

  3. There is good background information on the SOS-Save Ocean Science website just go to https://sites.google.com/site/sosoceanscience/

  4. shgaga says:

    Reblogged this on Conspiracy Corner.

  5. faye veinotte says:

    You know I don’t like Stephen Harper one bit he has done nothing for the common person as he would call us, but do me a favor and leave the school system alone, especially the library, children depend on the LIBRARY for research and other studies. If you take the Library away they will be lost. not to mention the lost of jobs that Libraians have studied for years to become. Oh but excuse me STEPHEN HARPER doesn’t have to worry we have already set up his retirement and life style that we will never have.

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