The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques published several resolutions at their 63rd Annual General Meeting on May 24th in Vancouver. One that is of special interest to me is Resolution 1, “CLA/ACB Resolution on Open File Format Standards”.
It reads, in part,
Be it resolved that CLA support the Standards Council of Canada’s opposition to OOXML and urge the federal government to mandate the use of open, interoperable, and vendor-neutral standards such as OpenDocument Format for government information wherever possible;
And be it further resolved that CLA encourage other library-related organizations to do the same at all levels of government;
And be it further resolved that CLA encourage Library and Archives Canada and the Librarian and Archivist of Canada to utilize the objects and powers in the Library and Archives Act, 2004 in order to encourage the use of open file format standards;
The text has all the “and whereas”s and “and it be further resolved”s.