CRKN's 2019-2024 Strategic Plan will guide the direction of CRKN over a period of five years with the vision of advancing access to knowledge for Canadians and the world.
In August 2018, CRKN began ten months of consultations with members and stakeholders followed by an extensive review and validation process. The findings of this process were used by the CRKN Board to create three core strategic goals and a strategic project.
Transform Scholarly Communication
- Develop a set of principles that drive the negotiations, approaches, and decisions that underpin CRKN’s state-of-the-art licensing program;
- Champion different models of open access, in Canada and internationally, that achieve widespread access to knowledge;
- Lead by example by increasing the accessibility and decolonized discoverability of the dynamic Canadiana collections, ensuring that this unique content is available for research and personal use, now and for future generations;
- Lead in the digital preservation of heritage content by respecting Indigenous Ways of Knowing and by building interoperable systems and expanding access and preservation services for the Canadian community.
Develop and Foster Partnerships
- Strengthen relationships with national and international stakeholders and ensure Canada is well represented as leaders of key global initiatives;
- Collaborate to enhance scholarly communication infrastructure and leverage partnerships to advance strategies and access funding;
- Foster inclusivity and encourage diverse representation and participation in CRKN initiatives;
- Enhance the connection between CRKN’s heritage content program and the Canadian GLAM community, aligning and working toward the National Heritage Digitization Strategy.
- Harness the collective voice of CRKN members and partners to amplify and advance issues;
- In collaboration with stakeholders, define and put into action the Canadian approach to open access;
- Champion the use of data to inform decision-making, resource development, and strategies to transform scholarly communications;
- Highlight and mobilize the success of CRKN and its members locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
A CRKN Approach to Open Scholarship: A Multipronged Strategy to Advancing Access to Knowledge
As a national voice, a community of practice, and the national collective negotiating body for academic libraries in Canada, collaborating with partners and stakeholders, CRKN will develop a national strategy for access to knowledge.
To develop the Canadian approach, CRKN will:
- Collaborate with members and stakeholders to develop a list of principles to guide CRKN’s open scholarship vision;
- Collaborate to create a vision document and key messaging to leverage advocacy opportunities and galvanize stakeholder support;
- Champion advocacy and engagement strategies with researchers, university administrators, funders and other partners;
- Collect and analyze data that supports this transformation and defines the output of scholarship in Canada;
- Create resources and toolkits to support, advance, and enable conversations across and within institutions in Canada.
The 2019-2024 Strategic Plan was approved at the annual meeting of the members on October 17, 2019 during the CRKN Conference. Read and download the complete Strategic Plan here.