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Secret memo casts doubt on feds' claims for science library closures.

OTTAWA, CAN. -- A federal document marked "secret" obtained by Postmedia News indicates the closure or destruction of more than half a dozen world famous science libraries has little if anything to do with digitizing books as claimed by the Harper government.

In fact, the document, a compendium of cuts to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans that can be read in its entirety at the bottom of this story, mentions only the "culling of materials" as the "main activities" involved as the science libraries are reduced from nine to two. Specifically, it details "culling materials in the closed libraries or shipping them to the two locations and culling materials in the two locations to make room for collections from closed libraries."

In contrast, a government website says the closures are all about digitizing the books and providing greater access to Canadians--a claim federal and retired scientists interviewed by The Tyee say is not true. [The Tyee, Dec. 30, 2013] http://goo.gl/ViBwXl

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Title Annotation:Noteworthy
Publication:Humanist Perspectives
Date:Mar 22, 2014
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