CRKN Introduces Beth Dunning to Head the Licensed Content Program

July 11, 2011

Ottawa, ON, July 11, 2011 – The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) is pleased to announce that Ms. Beth Dunning joins the organization as Manager, Content Programs effective July 18, 2011. Beth joins CRKN from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, where she worked as a Research Officer in the Strategic Policy and Research Branch. She brings strong member services experience, a solid understanding of library issues, and familiarity with research content from her work in libraries and with the federal government.

Beth’s most recent accomplishments at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada involved planning, delivering and evaluating knowledge translation activities in order to increase the use of evidence in policy development. She contributed to strategic research projects, business planning, as well as negotiating and supporting relationships with government, academic, and First Nations partners. Beth has also worked as a Liaison Librarian at the Howard Ross Library of Management at McGill University. There she participated in collection development, information literacy, marketing, and orientation activities to advance the liaison function between faculty, students and the library. Members may also recognize Beth from her work as past co-convenor of the Canadian Library Association’s (CLA) Standing Committee on Research and Development, and as CLA’s former Young Canada Works Program Coordinator.

“CRKN is very pleased to welcome Beth Dunning to the team,” said Deb deBruijn, Executive Director. “She has demonstrated a creative and collaborative approach in working with people on a variety of issues, and I know she will be a great asset as we rebuild the team. Please join me in giving Beth a warm welcome.”

In her role as Manager, Content Programs, Beth will oversee CRKN’s cornerstone content program by working closely with member institutions and content suppliers. She will assess and mediate the needs of the community and marketplace, and will coordinate content development, negotiations and license administration. Beth will be the prime staff member supporting the Negotiations Resource Team (NRT), as well as overseeing the frontline Member Services function.

“What excites me about CRKN is their impressive and internationally-recognized achievements in large-scale content licensing, national cooperation, and significant influence on the scholarly publishing marketplace,” said Beth. “Members place great importance on efficiency, collaboration, transparency, and strategic thinking – this is the approach I bring to my work as well. I’m very pleased to join the team and look forward to working with members.”

In addition to her research and library work, Beth has a passion for local culture and politics, volunteering with the Centretown Citizens Community Association and Ottawa Fashion Week. Beth earned her BA at the University of Ottawa, followed by a Master of Library and Information Studies at McGill University; most recently she completed a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Carleton University.

Beth can be reached at or 613-907-7036 starting July 18, 2011.

For more information, please contact Dyna Vink at:

Tel: 613-907-7034
Fax: 866-903-9094