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Board Q&A – Ray Siemens

September 17, 2014

CRKN members have expressed great interest in the investigation of the Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem (IDSE) project. As a researcher, how do technology changes and different formats of research content and data affect your work?
Changes in technology play a significant role in most all research activities. Several interconnected research groups in Canada — our Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) project among them — study, manipulate, and reflect on technological innovation as well as actively aspire to produce, or at least induce it through targeted interventions, research prototypes, and beyond. New and differing formats of research content and/or data have conceptual as well as practical ramifications. Conceptually, the different ways that individuals read, research, and write are of interest to larger research areas that consider user experience and interface design, as well as the transition between offline and online behaviour. Practically, varying forms of research content can either help or hinder a project, depending on the task at hand, but are always a significant consideration. Academic libraries have played and will continue to play a key role in advancing this work, in partnership with those who produce research across the many formats in which it currently exists.

CRKN members have expressed great interest in the investigation of the Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem (IDSE) project. As a researcher, how do technology changes and different formats of research content and data affect your work?

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CRKN 2014 AGM Preview

September 17, 2014

The CRKN AGM takes place October 6-8, 2014 in Calgary. The theme of the program this year builds on last year as we advance our collaboration, coordination and confederation to position ourselves strategically for the future. See the Agenda-at-a-Glance for a snapshot of the event’s programming, or the Detailed agenda which includes session descriptions, speakers and room location.

Theme: Collaboration – Coordination – Confederation

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CRKN Dashboards

September 17, 2014

CRKN developed a framework of indicators in order to benchmark performance, share the value of achievements with others and to use the indicators for information-based decision-making. For the fifth year CRKN has produced the framework in alignment with the strategic plan. This consolidated reporting may be useful to share with others in your organization and beyond. Read the 2013-2014 Dashboard report.

CRKN developed a framework of indicators in order to benchmark performance, share the value of achievements with others and to use the indicators for information-based decision-making. For the fifth year CRKN has produced the framework in alignment with the strategic plan. This consolidated reporting may be useful to share with others in your organization and beyond.

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Going Green and Beyond with UBC Library

September 17, 2014

Increasingly, libraries are becoming sustainability partners on university campuses. In the second of a two-part feature, UBC Library’s 2014 Community Report highlights this partnership, and demonstrates how they have supported students, faculty and community members over the past year. Please contact Andrea Coutts, UBC Library Communications Coordinator for more information.

Increasingly, libraries are becoming sustainability partners on university campuses. In the second of a two-part feature, UBC Library’s 2014 Community Report highlights this partnership, and demonstrates how they 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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Governance updates - Annual CRKN Elections

September 17, 2014

CRKN is pleased to present the list of candidates who have been nominated for three (3) positions on the Board of Directors.

CRKN is pleased to present the list of candidates who have been nominated for three (3) positions on the Board of Directors:

Board Position

Nominated

Institution

One (1) University Librarian from the Atlantic geographical area

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Staff News

September 17, 2014

It is with pleasure that we recognize the excellent work of Ken Blonski on the occasion of his 5 year anniversary with CRKN and the 3 year anniversary of Monica Ward’s employment with CRKN.

It is with pleasure that we recognize the excellent work of Ken Blonski on the occasion of his 5 year anniversary with CRKN. Ken is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a graduate from the Master of Business Administration program at Queen’s University. Ken moved from Yellowknife to join CRKN in 2009 as the Finance Manager, where he developed and extended CRKN's electronic invoicing and license tracking capabilities.

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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 Final Report

September 9, 2014

The Final Information Gathering Report for the Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem (IDSE) project is available for review. In this report, a series of trends identified in the digital scholarship community are identified, and  gaps and opportunities are presented for further discussion and analysis with the communities involved. Read the Report.

The Final Information Gathering Report for the Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem (IDSE) project is available for review. In this report, a series of trends identified in the digital scholarship community are identified, and  gaps and opportunities are presented for further discussion and analysis with the communities involved. Read the Report.

 

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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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