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Board Q&A – Carol Shepstone, University Librarian, Mount Royal University

August 20, 2014

In your time serving on the Cost Sharing Advisory Group, was there something that really stood out for you?
I really loved participating on the Cost Sharing Advisory Group --- it was a definite highlight for me.  It was a great group of colleagues and Chuck did an amazing job leading us through our work and keeping us on track. Everyone at the table was so committed to grapple with this very big and complex issue and to find a solution or set of solutions that addressed our very particular and challenging Canadian needs and context. We capitalized on the diverse experiences and perspectives of the members but we all held to the shared goal for CRKN as a whole. CSAG members were also enthusiastic and willing to invest time in the personal librarian program we used to gather input from members. It was informative to talk to colleagues at member institutions directly and illuminating to learn about the diversity of universities across the country.

In your time serving on the Cost Sharing Advisory Group, was there something that really stood out for you?

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CRKN Board Meeting Recap

August 20, 2014

The CRKN Board of Directors met in Ottawa on June 23, 2014 for a full-day meeting. They undertook fulsome discussions on several issues including the content program, strategic planning, Annual General Meeting planning and governance issues. Read more.

The CRKN Board of Directors met in Ottawa on June 23, 2014 for a full-day meeting. They undertook fulsome discussions on several issues including the content program, strategic planning, Annual General Meeting planning and governance issues. Read more.

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IDSE Information Gathering Report

September 9, 2014

The Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem project information gathering report and Board response is in the final stages of analysis and translation. It will be available for member review mid-September. An IDSE session at the AGM will discuss the report and member input will be requested to confirm next steps.

The Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem project information gathering report and Board response is in the final stages of analysis and translation. It will be available for member review mid-September. An IDSE session at the AGM will discuss the report and member input will be requested to confirm next steps.

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Progress on the Canadiana Héritage Project

August 20, 2014

Since the last update, Canadiana has continued to make excellent progress towards digitization, prioritization, and in establishing workflow processes. Thus far, approximately 600 collections with 20 million images have been scanned. Of these, roughly 80 collections with 5.5 million images have been loaded. As of July 15, 2014, there are 530 collections online, comprised of 14 million images. On average, Canadiana is processing 2 million images per month. 

This 10-year initiative from Canadiana.org and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) receives support from CRKN members through a special agreement to digitize and make accessible online Canadian archival collections. It represents a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, students, and genealogists.

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Registration Opens for CRKN 2014 Annual General Meeting

August 20, 2014

Theme: Collaboration – Coordination – Confederation

CRKN looks forward to updating members at the 2014 AGM in Calgary, October 6-8, on the progress in advancing the strategic actions ratified at the 2013 Annual General Meeting in the 2013-2016 Strategic Plan. We are introducing new initiatives based on a solid foundation of achievements to date, the result of commitment and collaboration with scores of individuals and organizations nation-wide. As CRKN re-imagines the future, it brings members together around the achievements of the past year and to discuss new proposals against the strategic plan based on Collaboration, Coordination and Confederation as we shape new opportunities for the future. The theme of this event builds on same theme of last year by providing an annual opportunity to bring members together to hear what’s new, discuss different options and decide how we envision our future. See the Agenda–at-a-glance for a snapshot of the event’s programming.

Theme: Collaboration – Coordination – Confederation

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Going Green and Beyond with UBC Library

August 20, 2014

Increasingly, libraries are becoming sustainability partners on university campuses. In the first of a two part feature UBC Library’s 2014 Community Report highlights this partnership, and demonstrates how we have supported students, faculty and community members over the past year.

Increasingly, libraries are becoming sustainability partners on university campuses. In the first of a two part feature UBC Library’s 2014 Community Report highlights this partnership, and demonstrates how we have supported students, faculty and community members over the past year.

Please contact Andrea Coutts, UBC Library Communications Coordinator for more information.

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Board Q&A – Leslie Weir, Chair, Stakeholder Engagement Committee

June 17, 2014

As Chair of the newly formed Stakeholder Engagement Committee (SEC), can you describe its mandate?

The SEC was established last Fall as an outcome of the Committee Review Task Group’s recommendations. The purpose of the committee is to include the voice and establish support for CRKN’s programs with those external to the library community who are committed to academic research.

 

As Chair of the newly formed Stakeholder Engagement Committee (SEC), can you describe its mandate?
The SEC was established last Fall as an outcome of the Committee Review Task Group’s recommendations. The purpose of the committee is to include the voice and establish support for CRKN’s programs with those external to the library community who are committed to academic research.

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2014 Institutional Annual Review and the New Journal Value Analytics Tool

June 17, 2014

The Institutional Annual Review (IAR) is a tool developed at member request for more individualized data surrounding the license program. In its third edition, the 2014 IARs were sent on June 4 and the Journal Value Analytics Tool was sent the week of June 9. University Librarians were consulted to develop a customized distribution list for the reports.

The Institutional Annual Review (IAR) is a tool developed at member request for more individualized data surrounding the license program. In its third edition, the 2014 IARs were sent on June 4 and the Journal Value Analytics Tool was sent the week of June 9. University Librarians were consulted to develop a customized distribution list for the reports.

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IDSE Update

June 17, 2014

On May 21, CRKN hosted a day-long Virtual IDSE Assembly on the IDSE discussion forum and on Twitter, soliciting feedback on various questions of importance to the future of digital scholarship and scholarly communication. Participants were asked to weigh in on a series of questions that were rolled out over the course of the day. Questions were developed based on two factors: the need for more in-depth information regarding gaps in data collection, and the desire to encourage lively discussion or debate in order to drum up enthusiasm for the final report. Overall, the event was successful though marred by some technical glitches on the CRKN website. Despite this wrinkle, it provided us with several new insights into issues the IDSE project hopes to address. The tweets from this event have been archived on Storify.

The IDSE Project is nearing the end of the initial information gathering phase (January-June 2014).

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SCOAP3 News

June 17, 2014

CRKN continues to play an active role in this global open access project. Clare Appavoo attended the first official Governing Council meeting on May 26th in Geneva of the now live SCOAP3 project. All signatories to the MOU have a seat on the Governing Council which is intended to meet annually. The Governing Council heard reports from the various committees on work to date including: the successful platform launch in January 2014, the 1700 Open Access articles that have been published since launch (81 by Canadian Scholars), the increased participation of 35 countries through 30 MOU signatories, CERN’s ongoing commitment to resource the project, some analytics that are being studied and the report of the Outreach Working group.

CRKN continues to play an active role in this global open access project. Clare Appavoo attended the first official Governing Council meeting on May 26th in Geneva of the now live SCOAP3 project. All signatories to the MOU have a seat on the Governing Council which is intended to meet annually.

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