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Updated and revised, August 24, 2010
The Depository Services Program (DSP) was created by Order-in-Council in 1927. Its mandate and mission is to acquire, catalogue and distribute federal government publications in all formats to a network of depository libraries as well as parliamentarians. The DSP acts as the Government of Canada's information safety net, collecting current and archival government publications and making them widely available to the Canadian public.
The Depository Services Program Library Advisory Committee (DSP-LAC) was established in 1981. It was created to provide the DSP with advice on its operations, policies, practices, plans, direction and services.
Its members represent the major library associations, key federal government organizations, both full and selective depositories and academic and public libraries, and are representative of Canada's geographic regions and linguistic communities.
The mission of the DSP-LAC is to articulate and communicate the needs of the DSP's partners and user communities and to provide advice to the DSP on its priorities, policies, operations and services.
The DSP-LAC acts solely as an advisory body and does not have any governance authority over DSP policies or operations. Its role reflects the important partnership that exists between the DSP and the library community in providing the Canadian public with access to Canadian federal government published information.
The principal objective of the DSP-LAC is to contribute to the maintenance and development of public access to Canadian Government publications via the Canadian library community.
To this end:
In principle, the membership of the DSP-LAC should broadly represent all depository libraries served by the DSP. In particular, the membership should represent, to the extent possible, the various types of libraries, large and small, library communities, geographic regions and linguistic groups, that are served by the DSP.
With the exception of the Director responsible for the DSP and representatives of Library and Archives Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat, Statistics Canada and Library of Parliament, appointment to membership in the DSP-LAC will be for a period of three years with the possibility of a one year extension. Every year, up to one third of the membership will be replaced.
Membership will include the following:
The DSP will issue a public call for candidates to fill these vacancies on the Committee. Individuals from the depository library community may submit their names for consideration as members or they may be nominated by their peers or by current DSP-LAC members. A list of candidates received together with summary information on each will be prepared by the Director, responsible for the DSP, and transmitted to Committee members representing the library community for consideration and advice. Members will be appointed by the Director, responsible for the DSP.
The DSP-LAC meetings are chaired by the Director responsible for the DSP, or may be co-chaired by the Director responsible for the DSP and another person to be determined by a recommendation of the DSP-LAC.