Canada's Science Library Closures Mirror Bush's Playbook
Similar moves by US Republican president met sharp backlash from 10,000 scientists.

Nikiforuk, Andrew
Date Written:  2014-01-09
Publisher:  The Tyee
Year Published:  2014
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX15603

The Harper government is now eliminating seven Department of Fishery libraries containing one of the world's most comprehensive collections of information on fisheries, aquatic sciences and nautical sciences.



More than half a dozen scientists familiar with the libraries told The Tyee that the DFO closures were ill-planned and even chaotic. In at least two cases valuable materials and reports ended up in dumpsters and in another case lenders were not asked to return rare books. More than one scientist compared the haphazard dismantling of the Winnipeg's famed Freshwater Institute Library to a "book burning."
some of the nation's leading biologists and ecologists, including Jeffrey Hutchings, David Schindler and Peter Wells, say very little material has been digitized and that closures will ultimately cost taxpayers millions of dollars as well as valuable infrastructure for science research.

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