Recently CRL collection development staff met with the senior leadership of two major national site licensing organizations: the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and Joint Information Steering Committee of the Higher Education Funding Council, UK (JISC Collections). The meeting was to explore the special challenges of licensing and acquiring primary source electronic resources, and preserving those resources for the long term. The conversation focused on major databases of government information and archives, news, financial, demographic and geospatial information, and humanities and social science materials in non-English languages. The participants discussed the respective priorities and unmet needs of the three organizations with regard to acquiring vital but costly research databases.
CRL, CRKN, and JISC Collections have agreed to combine expertise and resources to improve access to these kinds of materials, and to work together to better support their respective national and regional research priorities and strategies.
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