Ontario Archives Makeover
EB Lapointe

In the year 2000, the Archives of Ontario <http://www.archives.gov.on.ca> began a complete makeover.

The Archives of Ontario, a division of the Ministry of Government Services, is responsible for preserving and providing access to the documentary record of Ontario.

More than 99% of the holdings are in paper format. To this end, more than 300,00 containers of material were moved to Archives ONE's facility between April, 2005 and February, 2006, which provides environmental controls and security equal anywhere in the world.

The long-term archival storage and retrieval service "... is unique. No other government archives in the world was found to be using this model to satisfy its long-term storage requirements," says the website.

Retrieval times have dropped from between 48 and 72 hours to as little as 3 hours, showing the benefit of having properly stored materials.

The second phase of the work will involve the building of a public service facility for the archives in the City of Toronto. The target date of this phase will be March, 2009.

You can let the archives know your thoughts on this subject by taking a few moments to send them your comments through an online form found in the Feedback section of their website.

03 September, 2006

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