Canadian Government Information Digital Preservation Network 2015 recipient of CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology

The Canadian Government Information Digital Preservation Network (CGI DPN) has been named the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Library Association (CLA)/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology.

The Canadian Government Information Digital Preservation Network is a project initiated in October 2012 by library staff at 11 institutions: University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, University of Victoria, McGill University, Dalhousie University, Scholars Portal, University of Toronto, and Stanford University. The mission of the CGI DPN is to preserve digital collections of government information, ensuring the long-term viability of digital materials through geographically dispersed servers, protective measures against data loss, and forward format migration.

Through the innovative application of LOCKSS and Archive-it technology, the Network has established a geographically distributed infrastructure to preserve government information in a secure environment, helping to ensure access to critical digital content in the future.

The CGI DPN’s collaborative approach to acquiring and preserving digital content is both cost effective and efficient. The Network is an important example of librarians as proactive stewards in the realm of digital content.


Amanda Wakaruk, Founding/Former Chair of the CGI DPN Steering Committee, Government Information Librarian and Acting Digital Repository Services Manager, University of Alberta

Amanda Wakaruk, Government Information Librarian at University of Alberta Libraries, was the Chair of the CGI DPN Steering Committee from the project's inception in 2012 to April 2015. Amanda will speak at the OCLC Canada and the Canadian Library Association's "Symposium on Innovation in Canadian Libraries," during the CLA Conference and Trade Show on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from noon to 4:00 pm. The award will be presented at CLA’s opening ceremonies on Thursday, June 4, 2015. The CLA Conference and Trade Show will take place in Ottawa, Ontario.

The CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology is sponsored by OCLC Canada and is presented annually to honor a member or members of CLA for innovative use and application of technology in a Canadian library setting. The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques is Canada’s largest national and broad-based library association, representing the interest of public, academic, school and special libraries, professional librarians, library technicians, library workers, and all those concerned with enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.