Canadian Government's Library Closings May Hurt Research, Academics Say

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Mike Deal, Winnipeg Free Press

The consolidation of seven libraries operated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, including the Freshwater Institute library (pictured), in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was done without properly consulting academe, critics charge.

A sweeping move by the Canadian government to shrink the number of its departmental research libraries is drawing fire from some in academe who fear a loss of data and trained personnel, and damage to the country's ability to carry out research.

The closure of seven regional libraries in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the quiet elimination of more than two dozen libraries in other departments, might otherwise have passed largely unnoticed, given the modest cost