From a Joint News Release:
The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) is pleased to welcome Library and Archives Canada (LAC) as its 77th institutional member. As the national custodian of Canada’s documentary heritage, LAC has been contributing as an institutional member of Canadiana.org, which merged with CRKN in April 2018, since its inception.
Earlier in 2019, LAC, along with CRKN members, contributed to making the Canadiana collections available at no charge to users. “We are thrilled to welcome LAC as members of CRKN,” said Clare Appavoo, CRKN Executive Director. “The work of LAC is central to knowledge sharing and the preservation of Canada’s culture and heritage on a national scale. We are looking forward to gaining LAC’s valuable perspective as an institutional member and continuing our long and productive history of collaboration.”
“LAC is pleased to take on this new role as an institutional member of CRKN,” said Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. “Working closely with CRKN is consistent with LAC’s ongoing collaboration with the Canadian academic library community as we continue to promote the value of Canada’s documentary heritage across the nation.”
As part of CRKN’s merger with Canadiana.org, CRKN’s by-laws were updated to include optional institutional membership for Library and Archives Canada, as well as the Toronto Public Library and Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.
Prior to the merger with Canadiana, CRKN collaborated directly with LAC to provide funding for the Héritage project, in which Canadiana and LAC worked jointly to digitize the microfilms of LAC’s most highly used archival collections. Representatives of LAC sit on CRKN’s Preservation and Access Committee and on both of its associated task groups, the Heritage Content Priorities Task Group and the Platform Technical Task Group.