Rush to close Fisheries and Oceans libraries called loss to science - 2014-01-07
Irreplaceable science research may be lost when Department of Fisheries and Oceans libraries across the country are closed down, researchers fear.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada hopes to close seven of its 11 libraries by 2015. Already, stories have emerged about books and reports thrown into dumpsters and the general public being allowed to rummage through bookshelves.
"We actually spent about three days in the Eric Marshall library boxing up materials," explained Kelly Whelan-Enns of Manitoba Wildlands, an environmental public research organization. That library was in the Freshwater Institute, the Fisheries Department's central and Arctic regional headquarters in Winnipeg.