We take pride in our role as a voice for Canadian academic libraries. Whether by offering opportunities for members to discuss critical issues or by improving infrastructure and tools for the broader research landscape, advocacy is a key component of CRKN’s mission.
Digital Collections of the Future (Proposed CFI Innovation Fund Project)
In preparation for a potential Canada Foundation for Innovation – Innovation Fund (CFI IF) application, CRKN expanded our governance structure.
In July 2022, CRKN launched its inaugural Researcher Council, co-chaired by Susan Brown and Camille Callison. The 16-member Council was to provide advice and recommendations for the preparation of CRKN’s multidisciplinary funding application for the CFI IF.
In September 2022, the Heritage Infrastructure Business Plan Task Group was launched to support the development of a budget framework and sustainability plan.
Over the past year, CRKN also confirmed the University of Ottawa as lead administrative institution for the CFI IF application with Dr. Constance Crompton as Principal Investigator.
New Associate Members
At the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Members, the CRKN membership approved Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) University, Université de Hearst, and Université de l’Ontario français as CRKN’s newest Associate Members. All three institutions are participating in CRKN’s content licensing program and are located in Ontario.
Transformative Agreement Webinar Series
CRKN’s Licensing Team and the Content Strategy Committee hosted a four-part webinar series on open access and transformative agreements. The webinar series explored different topics related to open access (sustainability, equity, and strategies) from a variety of different perspectives (collections librarians, scholarly communications librarians, consortia staff, infrastructure providers, and publishers).
The webinar series was a tremendous success, and culminated in a final webinar during which CRKN members suggested tools and services that CRKN could develop that would assist open access goals and initiatives on member campuses.
CRKN has renewed its subscription to Unsub for another year, covering May 2023 to May 2024. Input from the CSC confirmed that the value of Unsub to CRKN members is high, particularly as we prepare for next year’s Springer Nature renewal negotiations.
Continuing our usual practice, the Licensing Team intends to upload data and create packages for several CRKN licenses once again this year, with priority placed on Elsevier ScienceDirect, Oxford University Press, and SAGE.
Perpetual Access Rights Tracking Project
After two years of preparation, CRKN’s Knowledge Base Entitlements Sub-Committee launched the Perpetual Access Rights Tracking Project in June 2022. This project allows CRKN members to access an accurate and verified report of their perpetual access rights to journals they have paid for via CRKN licenses and facilitates collections management activities.
As of October 2022, the Knowledge Base Entitlements Sub-Committee started work on the Perpetual Access Rights Tracking Project for eBooks. As was the case with the journals tracking project, the eBooks tracking project will provide CRKN members with an accurate and verified report of the perpetual access rights for the eBooks they have accrued via their participation in CRKN licenses.
This year, CRKN took our first step back into in-person events with the hybrid 2022 CRKN Conference. Combining virtual thematic sessions held on October 3-7 with in-person business sessions held in Montreal on November 1 and 2, the conference attracted 600 attendees virtually and nearly 100 in-person.
Virtual attendees enjoyed a keynote address from Senator Michèle Audette and a wide range of community-driven sessions. Members joining us in-person participated in full-day workshops on open scholarship and digital collections, as well as the Annual Meeting of the Members and the Ron MacDonald Award Ceremony.
Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award
Larry P. Alford, University Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries, was awarded the 2022 Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award at the CRKN Conference in Montreal. Mr. Alford held a seat on the CRKN Board of Directors from 2016-2020, in addition to serving on the former Canadiana Executive Committee from 2011-2012 and the Board of Directors from 2013-2018. Mr. Alford was instrumental in the merger between CRKN and Canadiana in 2018 and has contributed significantly to the direction of the combined organization, in addition to his recognized leadership in the North American library community. It was a pleasure to honour Mr. Alford’s many achievements with this award.