CRKN December 2017 Newsbrief
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Canadiana Combination Update 

CRKN and have been exploring the opportunity to combine the two organizations with a vision for a stronger support of research content for the community.  CRKN members have been the majority funders of Canadiana for more than a decade ensuring that heritage content was available in digital format to serve the research community.

A business proposal outlining a vision and organizational plan for a combined organization was developed by a working group made up of stakeholders from both organizations, in consultation with the Boards and members of both organizations.  The Business Proposal was shared with CRKN members in early October 2017 in preparation for a discussion on the merits of the proposal which was held at the annual general meeting of the members on October 19th.  The proposal calls for the continuation and expansion of Canadiana activities under the leadership of CRKN and for existing CRKN and Canadiana members to redirect their ECO subscription spend within a combined organization to continue to support digitization, access and preservation of Canadian heritage content.    

On October 20th, the CRKN membership voted overwhelmingly to formally approach about combining our respective organizations. On November 9th, the CRKN Board made a formal offer to the board. The Canadiana membership will be meeting on January 12th, 2018 to formally consider the offer at a special meeting of their full membership. Should the Canadiana membership endorse the proposal, CRKN and Canadiana would work to consolidate the operations of both organizations by March 31, 2018.

Governance Changes


The ORCID-CA consortium has expanded further and now includes 31 members with more anticipated to join in 2018.  The University Health Network, University of PEI and Carleton University have all launched ORCID integrations. 

CRKN is pleased to have ORCID-CA Member Support Specialist Gloria Booth-Morrison on the team.  Gloria joined CRKN in September and has been actively involved with the member community including having been invited by Research Data Canada (RDC) to deliver a webinar about the ORCID consortium in Canada.

The first meeting of the ORCID-CA Governing Committee was held in early December and a call for nominations for the ORCID-CA Advisory Committee will be issued in January.  For any information about ORCID-CA, please contact  

Annual General Meeting 2017 

A summary of the sessions and information shared at the 2017 AGM is available for review on the CRKN website.

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Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award 

CRKN is pleased to announce Brian Owen as the recipient of the 2017 Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented on October 19, 2017 in Montreal as part of CRKN’s annual general meeting.

Mr. Owen is Associate Dean of Libraries for Library Technology and Special Collections at Simon Fraser University and, since 2005, Managing Director of the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). A past recipient of the CARL Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship, Mr. Owen’s ongoing contribution to research librarianship is reflected in his commitment to Canadian scholarly communication.

Two New Board members 

CRKN welcomed two new members to the Board of Directors at the AGM: Melissa Just, Dean, University Library at the University of Saskatchewan was elected as a Director from the western region, while Ian Nason, Vice-President Finance & Administration, Dalhousie University was elected as a Director in a research/ administration position. During a subsequent Board meeting, the Board appointed Gwen Bird as Vice-Chair of the Board and Ian Nason was appointed as Treasurer.  

On behalf of the CRKN membership, we would like to extend our appreciation to outgoing Directors Carol Shepstone and Chris Callbeck for their support for and contribution to CRKN. 

Carol Shepstone joined the Board of Directors of CRKN in 2012 and accepted the role of Vice Chair in 2014.  She previously served on the Finance & Audit committee and the Governance Review Committee, and participated in the reworking of CRKN's by-laws to comply with Canadian NFP legislation, and most recently, represented CRKN on the CRKN-Canadiana merger working group. 

Chris Callbeck has been involved with CRKN since the inception of the CNSLP and served the Board as Treasurer since 2012.  He was recruited to CRKN in 2005 by Ron MacDonald to sit on the newly-created Finance & Audit Committee, a committee that Chris would serve on until 2011. In 2012, following the adoption of CRKN's new by-laws and the move to the current governance structure, he was nominated for one of two researcher/administrator roles and appointed CRKN Treasurer.  

License and Content Updates


Work continues on renewal negotiations for 2018, while several offers have been submitted to the CRKN membership during the months of September, October, and November – including Wiley-Blackwell, EIU, DMTI, CAIRN, ProQuest, and more. 

Still to come before the end of calendar year is SAGE Premier, Elsevier ScienceDirect, JSTOR/ARTstor, and others. Invoicing for these particular licensing may be delayed into early 2018, depending on deadlines for financial commitment forms. 

Reconciliations are also ongoing. Members have been invoiced for T&F. Members should expect Oxford and Cambridge invoices in the near future. 


ECO & Canadiana Online

With the delay in a final vote by Canadiana members on the combination of CRKN and Canadiana, a one-year renewal has been offered for the ECO licence with the possibility to upgrade to the Canadiana Online platform with additional content.  


AGM 2018 – Save the Date  

The dates for the 2018 CRKN AGM are confirmed for October 16-18, 2018. The meetings will be held in Vancouver at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA. Additional information will be available in the coming months on the AGM 2018 page. 

Projects & Collaborations


The Canadian National Digital Heritage Index (CNDHI) continues to grow, both in terms of the number of collections in the index, and in terms of records that are representative of Canadian geography and culture. 

Thanks to funding from the Young Canada Works (YCW) program to support a Digital Services Intern, collections are being added to the index from indigenous communities in every province and territory, and in both official languages. The number of records has grown by nearly 70, and at least 600 of the over 1200 records have been translated into both official languages. 

The CNDHI continues to attract, on average, between 300 and 450 unique page-views per month with returning visitors making up approximately 20% of those visits. These users originate predominantly from Canada and the United States, and, to a lesser degree, the United Kingdom, France, and Israel.



CRKN’s team and Érudit are working in a close collaboration to propose a viable and sustainable partnership offer for the next five years. The members will receive the complete offer by the end of the year 2017


IM Toolkit

The Institutional Mobilization Toolkit, initially launched in January 2016, has been updated. Changes in version 2 of the IM Toolkit include updated CRKN branding, updated content and graphics, improved French translation, and the addition of the CC BY license. The IM Toolkit V2 is available on the CRKN web site at

Journal Usage Project

The institutional-level results of the Journal Usage Project (JUP) were delivered to CRKN and participating institutions earlier this year; following some fine-tuning of the results data during the autumn, the national-level results were received. CRKN staff prepared a report on the national findings, which was distributed to CRKN members in late November. Further analysis of the results data will occur under the guidance of the Content Strategy Committee.

Journal Value Analytics (JVA)

CRKN Staff have begun preparations for the 2018 Journal Value Analytics Report. The analytics team plans to consult with CRKN members in early 2018 in order to ensure that the report provides optimal value. We currently anticipate that the 2018 report, containing 2017 usage and pricing data, will be available in early Spring 2018.


SCOAP³ continues to expand with the addition of three journals from the American Physical Society on January 1, 2018 – Physical Review C, Physical Review D, and Physical Review Letters. High-energy physics articles published in these three journals will be automatically open access with APCs funded by libraries participating in SCOAP³ using funds redirected from subscriptions. 

CRKN continues to work with participating libraries in Canada to confirm subscription reduction amounts which will appear on members’ next SCOAP³ invoices for 2018. 

Updates on Financial Information

Foreign Exchange Services 

To date this year, 16 CRKN members are participating in the foreign exchange service committing over $4.6M (USD) toward a subset of larger licenses not under renegotiation during the year: American Chemical Society (Web Editions & Legacy Archive), Clarivate Analytics (Formerly Thomson Reuter WOS & WOK), and SpringerLink.  Members placed bids this year at rates between 1.365 and 1.32 with some participants opting to be billed in USD for these five licenses. CRKN members have now been billed for these products and on the actual billing date rates were between 1.2533 and 1.2896. In addition, members were able to select a USD invoicing option for three of CRKN’s largest licenses under renewal this year (Elsevier, Wiley and SAGE). 

Quarterly Financial Updates 

On December 6th, CRKN provided members with its quarterly financial update including information on CRKN's foreign exchange project, invoicing results to date and information on various administrative topics including CRKN’s anticipated invoicing schedule. 

Annual Report

The 2016-17 CRKN Annual Report provides an update on CRKN’s activities for the previous fiscal year.

The report, including summary financial information is accessible in a print-friendly format at CRKN's full 2016-17 audited statements are also available at the same link.

Board & Committee Meeting Recaps

Recent CRKN Board meeting minutes are available to members on the CRKN website (login required). 

CSC Meeting recaps are available on the CRKN website.

Upcoming Events


As a foundational partner, members of CRKN staff will attend the Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship gathering in Victoria, hosted by Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE).

OLA Super Conference

Several CRKN staff members will attend the annual OLA Super Conference January 31 - Februaury 3, 2017 in Toronto. We look forward to seeing you there!

Industry News & Announcements 

New Director Appointments

Beth Sandore Namachchivaya was appointed University Librarian at University of Waterloo effective August 1, 2017.
University of British Columbia appointed Susan E. Parker as University Librarian on September 1, 2017.
Carol Shepstone was appointed Chief Librarian at Ryerson University effective September 11, 2017.
Vicky Gagnon-Mountzouris was appointed as Directrice de la bibliotheque at École de technologie supérieure effective September 19, 2017.
Karine Lamontagne was appointed Responsable de la bibliothèque at École nationale d'administration publique effective September 26 2017.

Staff Update

Kim Silk, Special Projects Officer, will be completing her contract with CRKN at the end of December. Kim undertook the expansion of the Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem (IDSE) initiative, bringing several projects to fruition during her time. These include the development and launch of the Canadian National Digital Heritage Index (CNDHI), the development and update of the Institutional Mobilization Toolkit and the coordination of the Journal Usage Project. CRKN is appreciative of all that Kim has brought to the organization.  


Staff Update

Alexandra Houde will be completing her secondment as Senior Content Licensing Officer with CRKN on December 20th and returning to the Université de Montréal.  Alexandra brought a valuable perspective to CRKN during her time, working closely on several renewals including CAIRN and working with Érudit and PKP to bring the Coalition initiative to CRKN members.  We wish Alexandra all the best as she returns to U de M. 
CRKN looks forward to the return of Monica Ward, Senior Content Licensing Officer on January 2nd following her leave of absence. 


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