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This paper examines the current status and future of Canada's Depository Service Program (DSP) for government information. The first section discusses the depository model, including changes due to information technology and decentralization of government authority. Access and preservation are addressed in the second section, including the implications of the migration to electronic format. The third section describes Service Canada, an initiative of the Canadian federal government mandated to: create a strong horizontal management structure; foster coordination, partnerships, and alliances among federal departments and agencies; and champion citizen-centered integrated service delivery. The next section considers traditional media, focusing on the continued popularity of print materials and the role of Canadian Government Publishing, the federal government's official publisher. In the fifth section, changes in the DSP's role and vision are summarized, and several recent initiatives are described. The final section discusses Canadian Depository Services in the new millennium. (Contains 28 footnotes.) (MES)

Descriptors: Access to Information, Change, Decentralization, Depository Libraries, Electronic Publishing, Federal Government, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Government Publications, Information Technology, Internet, Models, Preservation

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Author: Gnassi, Bruno


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