"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. ‘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. ‘The loss of this library and its impact on fisheries and environmental science is equivalent to Rome destroying the Royal Library of Alexandria in Egypt. It’s equal to that,“‘said Ayles.” Read more here
I recently bought the EPL’s 100 year anniversary book, and the intro had a lovely homage to the original Carnegie Library building.
I have a lot of feelings about this building, I would have loved to have visited it. Too bad the Telus building is there now. I really wish that Edmontonians had a better appreciation for the Historical architecture of their city.
Canadian library, archives & museum workers call for release of residential school documents
“As information and cultural workers we value freedom of information and acknowledge the power of documentary heritage to educate the public and play a role in collective healing. The information contained in residential school records holds the promise of such education and healing and their expedited release is owed to all those living in Canada.”
"EPL’s bookmobile, seen here circa 1980, began operating in 1941 via streetcar and later by bus in 1947. The vehicles ran until 1992, and may make a comeback in somewhat of a different form over the next few years."