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Staff Update

April 16, 2014

CRKN is pleased to announce the newest member of staff – Yanick Beaudoin will assume the position of Member Services & Licensing Officer effective May 5, 2014. Yanick joins us from his previous position as Electronic Resources Librarian at Bibliothèques de l’Université de Montréal. Members are encouraged to contact him to give him a warm welcome.

CRKN is pleased to announce the newest member of staff – Yanick Beaudoin will assume the position of Member Services & Licensing Officer effective May 5, 2014. Yanick joins us from his previous position as Electronic Resources Librarian at Bibliothèques de l’Université de Montréal. Members are encouraged to contact him to give him a warm welcome.

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Call for Nominations

April 16, 2014

CRKN is calling for nominations from our membership. The Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual within a member institution who has demonstrated vision, dedication and outstanding service in building bridges and collaboration to advance knowledge infrastructure in Canada. As an organization that relies so heavily on our volunteer base, this is an opportunity for CRKN to provide some much earned recognition. Nominations are open until May 15, 2014. The award is to be presented at the upcoming 2014 AGM in Calgary, Alberta on October 8, 2014. See award selection criteria. Nominations can be sent by email including criteria to Dyna Vink.

CRKN is calling for nominations from our membership. The Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual within a member institution who has demonstrated vision, dedication and outstanding service in building bridges and collaboration to advance knowledge infrastructure in Canada. As an organization that relies so heavily on our volunteer base, this is an opportunity for CRKN to provide some much earned recognition.

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IDSE Update

April 16, 2014

A preliminary report on the investigative activities of the Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem (IDSE) project team was presented to the Board and then shared with members on April 2nd. It includes a report on progress to date, a look forward to next steps in the process, and a discussion of emerging themes in digital scholarship.  A summary of the report is available on the CRKN website, and the complete report is available to view or download. Members are invited to read, distribute, and comment on the report via the IDSE discussion forum or the #CdnIDSE hashtag on Twitter.

Preliminary Report

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Model License Refresh

April 16, 2014

The Content Strategy Committee (CSC) has reviewed a number of proposed changes to the Model License in response to the Perpetual Access Task Group recommendations, as well as in response to numerous other licensing trends such as including alumni as authorized users, hybrid open access “double dipping,” green open access archiving, electronic ILL, KBART-compliant title lists, and others. These revisions were recommended to the Board and reviewed in March.

The Content Strategy Committee (CSC) has reviewed a number of proposed changes to the Model License in response to the Perpetual Access Task Group recommendations, as well as in response to numerous other licensing trends such as including alumni as authorized users, hybrid open access “double dipping,” green open access archiving, electronic ILL, KBART-compliant title lists, and others. These revisions were recommended to the Board and reviewed in March.

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External Review

April 16, 2014

CRKN undertook an external review in 2013 to determine the negotiation effectiveness of CRKN and the benefit it brings to members in comparison with other academic library consortia. Overall the external reviewers found that CRKN is an effective and efficient representative for its members, achieving excellent cost control that generally matches or exceeds comparable consortia. Together with other consortia, it has reduced industry pricing norms. The CRKN Board found the report to be thoughtful and well-grounded in terms of methodology and recommendations. They acknowledged the challenges of finding points of comparison within very different consortial environments, given the data that is available to compare, declared the findings to be insightful. Read the Executive Summary.

CRKN undertook an external review in 2013 to determine the negotiation effectiveness of CRKN and the benefit it brings to members in comparison with other academic library consortia. Overall the external reviewers found that CRKN is an effective and efficient representative for its members, achieving excellent cost control that generally matches or exceeds comparable consortia. Together with other consortia, it has reduced industry pricing norms. The CRKN Board found the report to be thoughtful and well-grounded in terms of methodology and recommendations.

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Board Meeting Recap - March 2014

April 16, 2014

The CRKN Board of Directors met in Ottawa on March 19, 2014 for a full-day meeting. They undertook fulsome discussions on several issues including the content program, strategic planning, the completion of the External Review, the 2014-15 budget, risk management and governance issues. Read more

The CRKN Board of Directors met in Ottawa on March 19, 2014 for a full-day meeting. They undertook fulsome discussions on several issues including the content program, strategic planning, the completion of the External Review, the 2014-15 budget, risk management and governance issues. Read more

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Board Q&A – Donna Bourne-Tyson, Vice-Chair

April 16, 2014

Q: Last year the Board commissioned an external review to be carried out by independent expert reviewers. The objectives were to determine the negotiation effectiveness of CRKN and the benefit that brings to all members. Now that the final report has been delivered to the Board, did it meet expectations? 

A: The Board found that the review had indeed met with the objectives, and in several cases exceeded them. We found the report to be thoughtful and well-grounded in terms of methodology and recommendations. The process was modelled on an external review of an academic unit, and as is often the case, it was a great learning opportunity for both CRKN and the external reviewers. The Board understands the challenges of finding points of comparison within very different consortial environments, given the data that is available to compare, determined the findings to be insightful. The external reviewers assessed CRKN to be an effective representative for its members, achieving excellent cost control that generally matches or exceeds comparable consortia. It was an honour to work with Ivy Anderson and Liam Earney and to learn more about their respective consortia.

Q: Last year the Board commissioned an external review to be carried out by independent expert reviewers. The objectives were to determine the negotiation effectiveness of CRKN and the benefit that brings to all members. Now that the final report has been delivered to the Board, did it meet expectations? 

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Digital Infrastructure Summit Report Available

March 12, 2014

On January 28-29, 2014, the Leadership Council hosted the 2nd Annual Digital Infrastructure Summit in Ottawa, Ontario. A draft Policy Framework articulating the desirable characteristics of a comprehensive, integrated and sustainable advanced Canadian digital infrastructure ecosystem was reviewed, as well as a Roadmap to establish short- to mid-term actions necessary to build on the already significant foundation for an advanced DI. The event drew a diverse base of over 140 participants. A post-event report is now available identifying the areas where consensus was achieved, and where roles, actions and initial steps on the roadmap were identified.

On January 28-29, 2014, the Leadership Council hosted the 2nd Annual Digital Infrastructure Summit in Ottawa, Ontario. A draft Policy Framework articulating the desirable characteristics of a comprehensive, integrated and sustainable advanced Canadian digital infrastructure ecosystem was reviewed, as well as a Roadmap to establish short- to mid-term actions necessary to build on the already significant foundation for an advanced DI. The event drew a diverse base of over 140 participants.

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CRKN Seeks Member Services & Licensing Officer

March 12, 2014

This position requires a critical thinker with a strong sense of service delivery who is a natural at building relationships for both internal and external customers. Read more.

This position requires a critical thinker with a strong sense of service delivery who is a natural at building relationships for both internal and external customers. Read more.

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Quarterly Financial Update

March 12, 2014

CRKN is pleased to provide this Quarterly Financial Update to members, dated March 9, 2014 including details on remaining FY13-14 invoicing, membership fee update, a Canadiana Heritage project update, indirect tax news and plans for extending the foreign exchange project. Read more on the LIM.

CRKN is pleased to provide this Quarterly Financial Update to members, dated March 9, 2014 including details on remaining FY13-14 invoicing, membership fee update, a Canadiana Heritage project update, indirect tax news and plans for extending the foreign exchange project. Read more on the LIM.

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