Lakehead U Social Sciences and Humanities Researchers Now Have Online Access to Resources
(Thunder Bay - February 9, 2007) Lakehead University's social sciences and humanities researchers now have a greater access to a wide range of research content through licensing and purchase agreements with Canadian and international publishers.
On February 8, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced a $19.1-million investment to support the development of a new infrastructure for social sciences and humanities research. The funds were awarded to the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), a consortium of Canadian universities which provides its members with desktop access to a wide range of research content through licensing and purchase agreements with Canadian and international publishers.
The acquisition of digital content from international sources will enable researchers and graduate students to draw upon a wealth of digital journals, databases, and other scholarly content from social sciences and humanities disciplines. Lakehead University is one of 67 participating universities across the country.
"Giving our researcher access to this expansive collection will greatly enhance the capacity of our researchers to amass more knowledge in their area of expertise," says Anne Deighton, Lakehead University's Chief Librarian. "CRKN has been a great value to our faculty and students since its inception in 1999, and this new infrastructure just adds upon the value of the Network."
The initiative is an expansion of an already successful CRKN program that provides Canadian researchers with access to international content in the natural and health sciences. The University of Ottawa will be the host institution for this new national infrastructure.
Members of the Media: Anne Deighton or Rui Wang can be reached for interview by calling Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177.
The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is a partnership of Canadian universities, dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada. Through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers, and administrators, CRKN undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in Canada's universities.