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After Microlog


After Microlog

Campbell, Graeme ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6316-7233, Lake, Michelle ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3129-5561 and McGoveran, Catherine (2019) After Microlog. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 14 (2). ISSN 1911-9593

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This article explores the history and development of Microlog, a key subscription-based source of Canadian municipal, provincial, territorial, and federal government publications from 1979 to 2018. Microlog was distributed as microfiche and accompanied by a printed and later online index. Microlog’s impact is discussed, alongside the recent termination of the product in 2018 and the implications of this change for long-term access to government information in Canada. A discussion of a selection of alternative continuing sources of Canadian government information follows, offering these tools not as direct successors to Microlog, but as important components of the remaining landscape of Canadian government information resources. The decentralization of government information collection and preservation efforts in Canada is discussed, in particular highlighting the lack of a clear successor resource to replace Microlog in the wake of its disappearance.

Divisions:Concordia University > Library
Item Type:Article
Authors:Campbell, Graeme and Lake, Michelle and McGoveran, Catherine
Journal or Publication:Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.21083/partnership.v14i2.5461
Keywords:municipal, provincial, territorial and federal government information; microforms; Microlog; Canadian Research Index; web archiving; access and preservation
ID Code:986185
Deposited By: Michelle Lake
Deposited On:13 Dec 2019 20:49
Last Modified:13 Dec 2019 20:49
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