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The first and oldest of the Specialist Groups, the Library and Resources Group (LARG) was formed in 1982, to co-ordinate information about library, archive, gallery and museum collections and services on Canada in the UK, and to advise BACS Council on matters relating to them.

The Group has been responsible for two significant publications on Canadian resources in the UK. The first was a Guide to Resources for Canadian Studies in Britain: with some reference to relevant collections in Europe, 2nd edition, by Valerie Bloomfield. (London: BACS, 1983); the first edition, also by Valerie Bloomfield, had been published in 1979 in Ottawa by the Department of External Affairs. A third edition, compiled by Judy Collingwood, and with the title Canadian Studies in the UK: a guide to resources was published by BACS in 1998 as a companion to Annis May Timpson's and Julian Baggini's Canadian Studies in the UK: a Directory of Canadianists, Courses and Research (Edinburgh: BACS 1996) The Guide was followed by Sub-doctoral Theses on Canada Accepted by Universities in the United Kingdom & Ireland 1899-1986; together with a supplement to J.J. Dossick 'Doctoral research on Canada and the Canadians 1884-1983', compiled by Elspeth Reid and edited by John McIlwaine (London: BACS, 1989).

The Sustained Studies Project Canadian Studies in Britain 1970-2010: an assessment in the context of a changing world has recently provided the LARG with a new role within BACS in the creation and maintenance of the portal web site Access Canada. This has broadened the LARG's activities to include web-based information services. The group intends to develop this, and to explore the possible updated and digitised use of data gathered for inclusion in the BACS printed Directory of Canadianists and Guide to Resources.
Membership of LARG is restricted to librarians with responsibility for Canadian Studies holdings in the UK.

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