No matter whom you talk to or where you go in the CBC Archives, one message keeps repeating: "We're a programming resource, not just an archive or a library."
Certainly, anyone who visits expecting musty old storage shelves and a few ancient relics speaking in hushed whispers is in for a surprise. True, there are lots of shelves, but they're anything but musty - and the halls, offices and studios where most of the 39 video, film and radio Archives Staff work often bustle with activity. The people doing the bustling have different skills and backgrounds - from library science and film theory to sound engineering and sales and marketing.
Their work is divided into three main areas:
- ongoing capture of new material and preservation projects
- research and technical prep work for programming
- selling and sourcing of archival content to outside broadcasters and other third-parties