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About BC ELN
The British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN) is an award-winning consortium of 33 private and public post-secondary libraries. BC ELN's purpose is to develop and support system-wide mechanisms that allow post-secondary libraries to meet the expanding information needs learners, educators, and researchers at the lowest possible cost. This is achieved through BC ELN’s work in four key areas:
- Negotiating electronic resource licenses on behalf of partner libraries (e.g. research databases, streaming videos, ebook collections),
- Facilitating resource sharing among partner libraries (e.g. Interlibrary Loan, Union Databases),
- Coordinating online learning support services (e.g. AskAway Chat Reference, WriteAway Online Tutoring), and
- Developing shared services (e.g. Arca Digital Repository, BC Digital Library).
BC ELN operates with core funding from the Province of British Columbia, with additional project funding and staff time contributed by partner libraries. For a snapshot of our current and future initiatives, see BC ELN Office Staff Roles and visit our Services to learn more.