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Update on the termination and replacement of the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services at Library and Archives Canada‏ from OGS President Shirley Sturdevant

Good day OGS Members:

As you know, I have been advocating on your behalf and seeking further information about funding cuts and subsequent actions at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). I have been in dialogue with Robert Grandmaitre, Director of Reference Services for LAC. M. Grandmaitre and others from major libraries and library associations have in the past two months held two round-table discussions regarding the termination and replacement of the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services. I had offered to be a part of that discussion so that OGS, as the largest genealogical society in Canada, might be a part of the solution. Although my offer was not accepted, I was promised by M. Grandmaitre that we would receive the same documentation as the other participating parties for further discussion with or distribution to our members.

This morning, 21 December 2012, at 7:49 AM, following the second meeting held just yesterday, I received three such documents which I felt were essential for you to have access to:

**This information will eventually be placed in a more permanent location on our website but we are making it accessible to our members through this message since the Christmas break is upon us.

I hope that you and those you hold dear will be enjoying this holiday season but, should you decide to research those family members who gave you the heritage and customs you enjoy today, perhaps this information will be useful.

Meanwhile, The Ontario Genealogical Society shall stay its course in advocating for open and equal access to our Canadian archival documents.

Since I have this opportunity, I wish you all the very best for the Holiday Season and for a healthy and happy New Year!

Shirley L. Sturdevant, President

Ontario Genealogical Society

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