University of Saskatchewan

August 30, 2014   

U OF S TO BENEFIT FROM $20-M CFI GRANT TO NATIONAL DIGITAL LIBRARY PROJECT

June 30, 1999

Researchers and students at the University of Saskatchewan will benefit from a $20-million grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) that gives the green light to a national project for purchase of vitally important on-line journals.

The CFI announced Wednesday that it will fund 40 per cent of the $50-million, three-year Canadian National Site Licensing Project, under which licenses will be jointly purchased by 64 participating universities for on-line scientific, technical and medical journals and research databases.

"This pilot project will enable us to explore how we can use the combined resources of university libraries across Canada to provide better access to essential scholarly information at an affordable cost," said Frank Winter, U of S Libraries Director.

"After a decade of cancellation of journals due to price increases far in excess of inflation, we now have an opportunity to reverse or slow down the erosion we’ve experienced in our ability to provide scholarly resources to the researchers and students on this campus. Using the combined advantages of the Internet and pooled purchasing power, we’ll be able to get a bigger bang for our acquisitions buck."

The U of S Libraries will be expected to contribute approximately $260,000 per year for the three-year project. Both the U of S Libraries and the University of Regina Library will seek assistance from the province’s Revitalization Fund, Winter said.

The full-text digital journals will be available to any faculty member or student connected to the U of S computer network. These on-line journals, purchased collectively at significantly discounted prices, will replace many journals that the U of S library has had to cancel during the 1990s. Currently, the U of S spends $4.5 million a year on both print and digital journals, Winter noted.

The project is led by the University of Ottawa Library.

The CFI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation established by the federal government in 1997 to address an urgent need of Canada's research community for new, state-of-the-art research infrastructure. The CFI has been entrusted with a capital budget of $1 billion, and its investments are made in partnership with all levels of government, as well as with the private and voluntary sectors. Its work focuses on health, the environment, science, and engineering.

For more information, contact:

Frank Winter
Director, University of Saskatchewan Libraries
(306) 966-5942

Kathryn Warden
Research Communications Officer
Office of the Vice-President Research
(306) 966-2506
Visit our U of S Research web site at: www.usask.ca/research

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