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CRKN to Terminate National Agreement with the American Chemical Society

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) has announced a decision to terminate the national license agreement it has held with the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 2001 for its Web Editions and Legacy Archives products. Termination of the CRKN-ACS license will take effect at the end of December 2013.

Mount Royal University Library currently subscribes to both these ACM products via the CRKN license. In the coming months, we will be exploring our options regarding both of these subscriptions, for 2014. We may choose to contract directly with ACS, or to implement alternate arrangements and will be considering cost, access, and demand with in these options. We will be working with CRKN and consulting with our community during this process.

The decision to terminate the national agreement was taken by the CRKN Board of Directors after the organization’s negotiating team was unable to reach a renewal agreement with ACS, owing to fundamental issues with the new pricing model adopted by ACS for its international (non-US) library and consortia customers.

The full press release is available here:

For more information, you may contact Meagan Bowler, Coordinator, Collection Development, at