Libraries and Scholarly Communication in the Twenty-First Century


  • Clare Appavoo
  • Sabina Pagotto



libraries, digital scholarship, scholarly communication


Historically, researchers have relied on libraries solely for access to research literature. But in the digital age, libraries are taking on new roles within the academic environment. This article discusses the shifting relationship between academic libraries and scholarly communication as seen through the lens of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN); from the traditional role of the academic library as a source of funding and access for scholarly communication to the emerging role of the academic library as an active participant in the content creation process, and even as the foundation for the construction of a new digital content infrastructure.

Author Biographies

Clare Appavoo

Clare Appavoo is the Executive Director of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), 301-11 Holland Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4S1. Email:

Sabina Pagotto

Sabina Pagotto is a consultant on the IDSE Project with CRKN. Email:




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