Canadian Roundtable on Academic Materials

What is CRAM?

The Canadian Roundtable on Academic Materials is an annual congress of students, librarians, faculty, administrators, campus store personnel, and researchers. We come together for a comprehensive discussion on adoption, affordability, and accessibility of academic materials culminating in recommendations and strategies for taking action. 

Together we build a broader view of academic materials. The diversity of experience fuels solution building. We can achieve the ultimate goals of better quality academic resources accessible to all. 

CRAM is fueled by the passion of its participants. This enables peer-to-peer learning and collaborating. Our goal is to foster deep connections between all the conference participants. Bringing our wealth of experiences, innovative practices, and perspectives to bare on today's challenges to create the solutions for future success.

Important Details

  • Hosted at the Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa Ontario

  • October 23, 2018 | 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Attendance is by approval only

Topics and discussions

Roles, responsibilities, and relationships

A panel session lead by representatives of students, faculty, librarians, and campus store personnel to offer perspective on access and affordability. Tony Ellis of the National Association of College Stores (NACS) will guide discussion as we build a common frame of reference. 

Participants will then form working groups to build on the panel’s insights. The goal—define a robust yet flexible set of roles and related responsibilities for each on-campus stakeholder group in the collaborative work of ensuring the affordability, access, and adoption of academic materials. 

Monitoring, feedback, and measurement

Creating a framework to evaluate the success of institutionally lead programs to provide affordable and accessible academic materials to students and faculty requires an evaluation of the currently available collection methods. Providing a means to collect and evaluate such programs is a must if we are to suggest continued methods for exploration. 

It is the goal of the conference to identify useful information that currently exists to benchmark institutionally led programs. We also anticipate discussion will lead to further opportunity on the creation of more robust evaluation methods that can be adopted by our stakeholders. 

Supporting partners

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Campus Stores Canada

We provide a voice for and deliver quality education and services to Canadian post-secondary, institutionally owned and operated Campus stores, enabling them to serve their institutions in the most effective manner to ensure student success


Canadian Association of Research Librarians

CARL provides leadership on behalf of Canada’s research libraries and enhances capacity to advance research and higher education. It promotes effective and sustainable knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation, and public policy that enable broad access to scholarly information.


Canadian Association of University Teachers

Founded in 1951, CAUT is the national voice for academic staff representing 70,000 teachers, librarians, researchers, general staff and other academic professionals at some 123 universities and colleges across the country. CAUT is an outspoken defender of academic freedom and works actively in the public interest to improve the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education in Canada.


Canadian Alliance of Student Associations

CASA is a national voice for Canada’s post-secondary students. Established in 1995, CASA is a non-partisan, not-for-profit student organization composed of student associations from across Canada. We represent undergraduate, graduate and polytechnic associations.


CRAM 2017

Materials from the conference:

CRAM Report

CRAM Terms of Reference

CRAM Principles

Affordability and access provide the axioms of student success when engaging with academic materials. It’s time we produce a strategy.
— Greg McPherson, Managing Director - Campus Stores Canada
CRAM is a great place to network and get different perspectives of academic course material in post secondary.
— Emily Campbell, Bookstore Services Manager - Lethbridge College

Previous CRAM 

Materials from the conference:

CRAM Report 2008

It’s about getting a grip on the many channels available to students and faculty to provide high-quality materials.

Apply to attend

Please note, there is no cost to attend the conference. Travel, lodging and other costs incurred to attend CRAM 2018 are not reimbursed by the organizers. 

We accept applications to attend CRAM based primarily off of our goals for representation. Our priority is a productive work on the affordability, access, and adoption of academic materials. To that end, we can't afford to bring every delegate we would sometimes desire. Only selected applicants will be contacted about attending CRAM.

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