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Taking It to the People: The third summit on the Value of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums will be held at the Grande Bibliothèque in Montréal, May 13, 2019

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Montréal, May 10, 2019 – Taking It to the People: Third Summit on the Value of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums will take place at the Grande Bibliothèque on Monday, May 13, 2019. Held in Québec for the first time, the event is hosted by the Ottawa Declaration Working Group in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada (LAC), the Canadian Museums Association, and Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). The summit is a flagship event providing memory institutions with an opportunity to think about new ways of serving their communities in a world where digital technologies are all-pervasive.

A complete schedule of activities is available online, and viewers interested in what participants have to say can follow the event as it is webcast on May 13.


“Galleries, libraries, archives and museums need to help establish a new democratic ecosystem combining digital forms, fairness, and freedom, and embodying the right to know and the right to speak,” explains Jean-Louis Roy, BAnQ’s Chief Executive Officer. “These institutions must foster the participatory culture that is at the heart of our digital civilization and support its two complementary pillars: criticism and contribution. We need to make the public the focus of our discussions, our dreams, and our choices, as we work with people to serve their needs, maintain the quality of what we offer, and strengthen what is truly most important – a relationship based on trust.”

“For the Ottawa Declaration Working Group, this third summit wraps up the first stage of its work,” says Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. “While the first two summits in Ottawa and Toronto focused first on the urgent need to publicly demonstrate our value, and then on the need to develop a shared narrative, the Montréal Summit will suggest concrete responses to these two concerns and give participants an opportunity to discuss them. The work carried out on May 13 will enable the GLAM group to move to the next level as we enter a new phase, strengthened by the cohesion we have developed over the past three years.”

On the agenda

The Summit will foster exchanges on Québec’s various models for collaboration both within galleries, libraries, archives and museums and outside this sector, in order to highlight the benefits of innovative methods and partnerships and learn from them. It will explore the theme of path-breaking collaboration initiatives between memory institutions and institutions from other sectors as well as Indigenous communities.

Oxford Economics will also present the preliminary findings of a study, currently being carried out on behalf of the Canadian Museums Association and the Ottawa Declaration Working Group, on the value of galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

Alongside Summit activities, participants will be among the first to discover three of BAnQ’s innovative projects.

  • Notre territoire, notre identité is an educational platform that will enable Québec elementary and high school teachers to create pedagogical activities based on heritage documents preserved by BAnQ. This project is the outcome of a collaboration between BAnQ and schools from five Québec school boards. It is funded by Québec’s Digital Cultural Plan. 
  • Frère Jacques is a database of French-language musical adaptations set up by BAnQ and Polytechnique Montréal professors and students. Users can visually access and search a database consisting of metadata on 20,000 songs that have been adapted from French to another language or vice versa, using a model based on open and linked data. This project is funded by the innovation unit programme of the Québec government’s digital public administration strategy (Stratégie pour une administration publique numérique). 
  • A wiki on library digital creation labs will bring together information (in French) on how to make creation labs a part of existing or future spaces. It will also provide a forum for exchanges with other institutions or professionals and contribute to greater knowledge on this topic. The project is funded by Québec’s Digital Cultural Plan. 

Renewing the partnership between BAnQ and LAC

Committed to fostering collaboration between their institutions in order to meet the complex challenges of the digital age, Jean-Louis Roy and Guy Berthiaume will use the opportunity provided by the Summit to renew the partnership agreement between BAnQ and BAC. This agreement establishes an official framework for future collaborative projects.

In connection with the two organizations’ respective missions, and in order to ensure synergy between them, the agreement will support a variety of initiatives including new library or archival projects.

About BAnQ

As the largest cultural institution in Québec in terms of its attendance and diversified missions, and an essential pillar of the knowledge society, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) has the mandate to offer democratic access to culture and knowledge. To this end, it collects, preserves and promotes Québec's and Québec-related heritage materials, and also provides the services of a major public library. BAnQ carries out its activities in 12 facilities which are open to the public: the Grande Bibliothèque, BAnQ Vieux-Montréal and BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie in Montréal; BAnQ Gaspé, BAnQ Gatineau, BAnQ Québec, BAnQ Rimouski, BAnQ Rouyn-Noranda, BAnQ Saguenay, BAnQ Sept-Îles, BAnQ Sherbrooke and BAnQ Trois-Rivières. BAnQ was tasked by the Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications and the City of Montréal with reinventing the Saint-Sulpice Library, located in Montréal.

About LAC

The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and YouTube.