Jean-Pierre Côté honoured for his collaborative contribution to the
establishment of the pilot-phase Canadian National Site Licensing
Project and its successor organization, the Canadian Research Knowledge
OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Research Knowledge Network
(CRKN) is pleased to announce Jean-Pierre Côté as the 2011 recipient of
the Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award. The award ceremony will
take place at the All Delegate Reception on October 4, in Gatineau,
Quebec, preceding the CRKN Annual General Meeting.
This award recognizes Mr. Côté for the years of collaborative work he
contributed in carrying out his vision to build library infrastructures
to create mutual benefit for researchers and students across Canada.
Jean-Pierre Côté worked at Université du Québec à Montréal from 1981 to
2000, where he served as the Director General of Libraries for ten
years before taking the position of Director General of Libraries at
Université de Montréal. His work on the inaugural Steering Committee of
the Canadian National Site Licensing Project (CNSLP) from 2000-2003 led
to the incorporation of CRKN as a not-for-profit organization, in which
he was a founding Director. As the first chair of CRKN's Executive
Committee between 2004-2006, Mr. Côté played a key role in the
development of the organization and laid the foundation for the ongoing
expansion and diversification of its content program.
"Jean-Pierre played a critical role in the early years of CRKN's
development that has paid exceptional dividends over the past 11
years," says Michael Ridley, Vice Chair of the CRKN Board of Directors.
"Although he has since taken his retirement, Jean-Pierre's vision,
advocacy, and dedication over six years of service continues to animate
and inspire the organization in so many constructive and innovative
Mr. Côté was instrumental in uniting different government and
not-for-profit organizations to a common understanding that resulted in
a network of stakeholders. This approach was foundational in
channelling the support of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI),
and later the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC),
for the work of the library community at the national level.
"It was evident that the library community could make giant strides in
advancing the work of all researchers and students in Canadian
universities by shifting our focus to the national level and by
adopting digital research content," commented Jean-Pierre Côté.
"Working together to create a sustainable organization after the
initial funding seemed like a natural course of action."
The Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award was created by CRKN in
September 2008 to honour the late Ron MacDonald, a key contributor to
the development of CRKN's collaborative programs and services.
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 75 of Canada's
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SOURCE Canadian Research Knowledge Network
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