Suppressing Scientific Knowledge -Dismantling of Fishery Library ‘Like a Book Burning,’ Say Scientists

Academic librarians in CAPAL  join in voicing our concerns for the closure of a major scientific collections housed in five of seven libraries under the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The Harper Government “has dismantled one of the world’s top aquatic and fishery libraries as part of its agenda to reduce government as well as limit the role of environmental science in policy decision-making.”

“Last week the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which is closing five of its seven libraries, allowed scientists, consultants and members of the public to scavenge through what remained of Eric Marshall Library belonging to the Freshwater Institute at the University of Manitoba.”

“”It was a world class library with some of the finest environmental science and freshwater book collections in the world. It was certainly the best in Canada, but it’s no more,” said Burt Ayles, a 68-year-old retired research scientist and former regional director general for freshwaters in central Canada and the Arctic.”

Building historical research collections takes years of careful planning, outreach and knowledge. To simply close and dismantle is in deed the equivalent of book burning. For a full read see (December 10, 2013).