Canadiana and 46 member libraries from the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) signed a three-year Early Canadiana Online (ECO) license agreement to December 2014. This year, Canadiana welcomed two new CRKN subscribers: The Université de Moncton and Université du Québec a Rimouski.
CRKN is a network of Canadian 75 universities dedicated to expanding digital content for academic research in Canada. Its team of librarians, researchers, and administrators acquires content in order to build knowledge infrastructure and assist research in Canada's universities. Through CRKN, ECO is accessible to roughly 500,000 researchers and students.
As CRKN enters its second decade of operation, members have placed priority on investing in open access and alternative publishing models. Public access to research content has the potential to stimulate economic development and benefit Canadians broadly. In 2011, CRKN and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) formed a working group to explore these issues and make practical recommendations. In existence for over thirty years, Canadiana is excited to build on CRKN's renewed committment as an opportunity to expand ECO's rich content beyond the universities and to the wider Canadian public.