CRKN-Érudit Partnership receives ALCTS Collaboration Award

For Immediate Release
Fri, 02/24/2017


Keri Cascio

Executive Director

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has chosen the CRKN-Érudit Partnership as the recipient of the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation for 2017.

The Outstanding Collaboration Citation recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation or archiving of library materials. It recognizes a demonstrated benefit from actions, services or products that improve and benefit providing and managing library collections. The citation will be presented on June 24, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) is a partnership of Canadian universities dedicated to expanding digital content for academic institutions in Canada. Érudit is the largest digital production and publication platform for Canadian francophone and bilingual scholarly journals in North America. Their partnership is based on funding journals by transforming the funds that were previously provided as a subscription fee to be used to support the journals at the outset in making their content freely available to all. The collaboration between libraries and journal publishers has created a framework for a new relationship between publishers and libraries, and is helping to provide financial support to Canadian journals during the transition to a fully open access model. This results in increased world-wide access to Canadian scholarly content, while controlling fees for formerly subscribing libraries. CRKN and Érudit provide a viable model that other organizations may look to as they move toward open access.

ALCTS is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, collection management, preservation, electronic and continuing resources. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.