On October 26, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) launched the Canadian Feature Film Index. This index, created as a print index in 1972, is now available as an online database and contains information on over 4,300 Canadian feature films produced from 1913 to 2009. The database also features images of movie posters from LAC’s holdings. Films produced after 2009 will be added gradually to the database. The project was carried out with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
“This database in an important resource for filmmakers, students and researchers, as well as those who are interested in Canada’s cinematic history. It ensures that this key part of Canada’s documentary and cultural heritage is accessible from anywhere in the country,” said Daniel J. Caron, Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada.
This initiative is part of LAC’s broader modernization efforts, which are aimed at improving and expanding access to Canada’s documentary and cultural heritage for all Canadians, regardless of their field of interest, profession or location.
“We want every Canadian to have access to our resources, and that’s why we are actively focused on rolling out new technologies in all of our operations and services,” adds Mr. Caron. “There are no more physical constraints; we will be accessible not only from coast to coast, but all over the world!”
This project is just one of a number of Library and Archives Canada initiatives aimed at making the institution’s holdings more accessible than ever. Among them is the Lest We Forget Project, which was revitalized in November 2010 and now provides librarians, teachers and other partners across Canada with an opportunity to offer educational workshops via online tools provided by LAC.
“Other similar projects on topics such as immigration and the First Nations will come to the fore in 2012, allowing Canadians across the country to easily access their documentary heritage,” concluded Mr. Caron.
The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.
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