Canadian Public Documents Collection

This is an amalgamation of the two collections below.

Canadian Public Policy Collection

Monograph publications from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups. The organizations included in this collection represent the leading edge of primary research and opinion in all areas of Canadian public policy. Their publications are vital to the understanding of developing issues in every arena of Canadian public life.

Canadian Health Research Collection

A curated collection of current monograph publications from Canadian research institutes, government agencies and university centres working in the area of health and medical research. The organizations included in this collection are active publishers of primary research in the field. The publications included are both general policy documents as well as those of a specialized technical nature.

There are over 40,000 titles in the current combined collection to date, and the service provides 300-400 new current titles to subscribers every month.

Government of Canada Publications

The Government  Publishing Services Directorate issues weekly instalments of new federal publications in its "Weekly Acquisitions List" service. While desLibris has included titles from these lists, we have been highly selective. Over the past 10 years we have included about 4600 titles,representing a small percentage of those made available through the service.

In 2016 desLibris has expanded its coverage of this material by providing weekly harvests and inclusion of every significant title in this set, offering the "Government of Canada Publications" collection, which is visible here. These titles appear on desLibris within days of the publication of each weekly issue. Selection criteria are simple; every title with a link to an electronic version is included if it is more than 5 pages in length. Titles in both languages are included. The service begins with the "15-51" issue of December 18, 2015. 
 
All titles in this collection are available to the public for online reading without DRM. The "More Detail" frame on each title includes a link back to the original PDF for downloading from the Checklist site  While the Checklist documents are accessible to the public, there are additional benefits for subscribing libraries, which include
  • MARC records with 856 links to the desLibris instance
  • IP authentication and branding
  • Patrons may freely download documents in PDF
  • Libraries may download PDFs in bulk for local storage
  • Usage reports 
  • All included Checklist titles are included in the SerialsSolutions, Ebsco and Worldcat discovery services
 MARC Records for Government of Canada Checklist

Using the MARC XML feed on the Checklist website, we are creating MARC records for all titles meeting the above selection criteria in the Checklist issues.  The service begins with the issue dated 15-51; updates are generated weekly. 

  • The XML records are converted from print AACR2 to electronic "pseudo RDA."
  • Diacritics in the original records are normalized.
  • desLibris URLs are added to the URLs already in the 856 field. 
  • Library subscribers may add these sets to their MARC download standing orders.  
The service is free of charge and available on this public site.

Using the MARC XML feed on the Checklist website, we are now creating MARC records for all electronic titles (i.e. those bearing an 856) in the Checklist issues.  The service begins with the issue dated 15-51; updates are generated weekly. 
  • The XML records are converted from print AACR2 to electronic "pseudo RDA."
  • The diacritics in the original records are normalized.
  • desLibris URLs are added to the URLs already in the 856 field. 
  • Library subscribers may add these sets to their MARC download standing orders.  
The service is free of charge and available on this public site.

Using the MARC XML feed on the Checklist website, we are now creating MARC records for all electronic titles (i.e. those bearing an 856) in the Checklist issues.  The service begins with the issue dated 15-51; updates are generated weekly. 
  • The XML records are converted from print AACR2 to electronic "pseudo RDA."
  • The diacritics in the original records are normalized.
  • desLibris URLs are added to the URLs already in the 856 field. 
  • Library subscribers may add these sets to their MARC download standing orders.  
The service is free of charge and available on this public site.

Testimonials

“Though almost all government documents are now "born digital”, university libraries continue to acquire domestic government documents in print for their govdocs collections. Print is an option which non-academic and special libraries (especially in law firms) can no longer afford. One commercial publisher has collected Canadian “born digital” govdocs into a comprehensive collection and made it available to subscribers online: the Canadian Electronic Library-Canadian Public Policy Collection. This is a collection of “monograph” publications (no periodical series) from Canadian federal and provincial government agencies, public policy institutes, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups, in both English and French. The collection, which is built on the ebrary ebook platform, currently includes over 24,000 titles. Licences are surprisingly liberal and subscription costs reasonable, so that it is as easy for law firms to subscribe as it is for a larger public or academic library. Because our university library – as does the library of every university with a law school – has a govdocs library that is an official government depository, and also because we subscribe to the Canadian Electronic Library described above, we at the Osgoode Hall Law School Library essentially no longer acquire govdocs.
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Louis Mirando

Chief Law Librarian,
Osgoode Hall Law School
 
 

"The reason a service like the Canadian Public Policy Collection makes sense is that libraries cannot cope with all the good free material on the web. There is so much material from so many sources that we cannot possibly keep track of or download everything that's pertinent. A library also needs to add worthwhile materials to its catalogue, which is where it lists what it selects for its users. By supplying the documents in an aggregated form along with MARC cataloguing, the Canadian Public Policy Collection is fulfilling both these needs for libraries. And in doing so, it's providing a worthwhile service for the organizations whose publications it covers by making their material more widely available to students and library users." Karen Lippold Information Services Librarian, Memorial University Library

 
"CHRC addresses an important problem, with information on the Canadian health care system not well indexed or distributed. Much useful information is hidden in technical reports of research bodies, varying from university research institutes to think tanks such as the Fraser Institute. Even though many are available in electronic form on the Internet, these publications are difficult for libraries to make accessible."

Jim Henderson
Henderson & Associates

"The Canadian Health Research Collection is an excellent Canadian product."

Penny Logan Hospital Librarian Halifax, Nova Scotia