Working with librarians, researchers, administrators, funders, and publishers, CRKN undertakes large scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in Canada’s universities.
CRKN negotiates and manages over 54 licenses (members only) on behalf of its member libraries.
The License Information section provides information on the licenses negotiated and managed by CRKN. Most of the information that was previously available through the License Information Module (LIM) can be found in this area of the website. Please note that the majority of license content is available to CRKN members only. If you are a member, please login.
- For an overview of licenses up for renewal in the next year or so, please see Upcoming License Renewals
- For licenses currently under renewal and their related offer documents (where available), please see Current License Renewal Offers (members only)
- For currently active licenses, please see Active Licenses (members only)
- For licenses that have been renewed and are now superseded by a new agreement or new amendment, please see Archived Licenses (members only)
License Renewal Process
Timelines for each renewal are planned to ensure sufficient time for member consultation, as well as engagement by the Content Strategy Committee (CSC), and review from the Board of Directors.
|CSC identifies license renewal issues||January|
|Member teleconferences to discuss issues and negotiation objectives||February|
|Distribution of product surveys for member feedback||March|
|Product surveys submission deadline||March|
|Product survey results posted||March|
|CSC develops negotiation objectives||March|
|Board of Directors meeting to approve CSC objectives||March|
|Staff work in conjunction with a CSC sub-group to undertake negotiations||April - September|
|Staff work in conjunction with a CSC sub-group to organize member teleconferences and other communications on negotiations progress and results||June - November|
|Offers distributed to members||September - November|
This timeline is based on calendar year renewals. For licenses with varying expiry dates (i.e. not December 31), the timing may differ.