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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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Érudit Partnership – A Model for the Future?

June 17, 2014

The six year subscription to Érudit content, obtained through the Digital Content Infrastructure (DCI) Project, concludes at the end of August 2014. Rather than looking at a traditional subscription renewal, CRKN has been exploring a partnership model with the Érudit Consortium, which involves support for a transition to open access and involvement in the Érudit Consortium governance. Currently, many of the journals on the Érudit platform are open access after an embargo of two years. With partnership commitments from the library community, Érudit plans to reduce the moving wall to twelve months, with a long term plan to remove the embargo period and become fully open access. It is our hope that through this partnership we can demonstrate to the broader Canadian academic publishing community a viable model for libraries and publishers to work together to transform the nature of scholarly publishing in a sustainable way for all.

The six year subscription to Érudit content, obtained through the Digital Content Infrastructure (DCI) Project, concludes at the end of August 2014. Rather than looking at a traditional subscription renewal, CRKN has been exploring a partnership model with the Érudit Consortium, which involves support for a transition to open access and involvement in the Érudit Consortium governance.

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CRKN Calendar

June 17, 2014

CRKN has added a calendar function to the organization website to provide better visibility to members and stakeholders of the meetings and conferences in which CRKN participates and/or hosts. It offers a month-at-a-glance view of scheduled activities and the option to print. Take a look.

CRKN has added a calendar function to the organization website to provide better visibility to members and stakeholders of the meetings and conferences in which CRKN participates and/or hosts. It offers a month-at-a-glance view of scheduled activities and the option to print. Take a look.

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CRKN Receives Two Communications Awards

June 17, 2014

In addition to the International Gold Quill awards that CRKN earned last month, the same projects were entered in a different award program hosted by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) called the Excel program hosted by the Ottawa Chapter. Another two awards were received in the Communication Management division focusing on strategic communication planning and implementation of internal, external and integrated programs. The submissions described the strategic transition plan that leveraged leadership change and channeled opportunity into innovative directions with a new strategic plan. Entries were made in the Community Relations and Internal Communications categories. The awards were conferred at the IABC Excel Awards Gala in Ottawa. Read more.

In addition to the International Gold Quill awards that CRKN earned last month, the same projects were entered in a different award program hosted by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) called the Excel program hosted by the Ottawa Chapter. Another two awards were received in the Communication Management division focusing on strategic communication planning and implementation of internal, external and integrated programs.

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Board Q&A – Christopher Callbeck, Treasurer

May 14, 2014

Q: The Finance & Audit Committee is overseeing the development of a risk management framework. How does the committee believe that will assist CRKN’s operations?
A: Risk management should be a central part of CRKN’s strategic management and should work to align objectives and outcomes of the organizational Strategic Plan. While the Board and its various committees have always considered risk from a variety of perspectives, formalizing and systematizing the analysis should allow the organization to better prioritize its activities, reducing the probability of failure and uncertainty in achieving the organization’s overall objectives.

Q: The Finance & Audit Committee is overseeing the development of a risk management framework. How does the committee believe that will assist CRKN’s operations?

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Task Group Reports

May 14, 2014

Banding Task Group (BTG)
As part of the Personal Librarian Outreach, Banding Task Group members have been in touch with the University Librarian, or other designated person, of each institution to discuss in greater detail the group’s progress so far and the various elements being considered. In addition to the Personal Librarian Outreach, the BTG is holding member teleconferences in mid-June to share the group's work so far and solicit feedback and input from members. Please register here. As a reminder, a Banding Task Group page is available on the LIM, which includes minutes from each meeting and other relevant documents.

Banding Task Group (BTG)
As part of the Personal Librarian Outreach, Banding Task Group members have been in touch with the University Librarian, or other designated person, of each institution to discuss in greater detail the group’s progress so far and the various elements being considered.

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Foreign exchange project revving up for 2014

May 14, 2014

Under a Board-approved initiative to provide additional targeted services to members and raise incremental revenues in a manner consistent with CRKN’s strategic plan, CRKN has offered members the opportunity to participate in foreign exchange projects in each of the past two years. This project is intended to give members additional options to protect their collections budgets by offsetting the risks of unfavorable foreign exchange movements. Information on the optional 2014 foreign exchange project is available on the LIM including the project timeline, estimate of the USD commitments and FAQ. This year the project will involve the SpringerLink license only, which will limit potential maximum participation to 68 members and approximately $10M USD. Commitment forms are to be returned to CRKN the week of May 12‐16, 2014.

Under a Board-approved initiative to provide additional targeted services to members and raise incremental revenues in a manner consistent with CRKN’s strategic plan, CRKN has offered members the opportunity to participate in foreign exchange projects in each of the past two years. This project is intended to give members additional options to protect their collections budgets by offsetting the risks of unfavorable foreign exchange movements.

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