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About BC ELN
The British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN) is an award-winning consortium of 34 public and private post-secondary libraries in BC and the Yukon. BC ELN's purpose is to develop and support system-wide mechanisms that allow post-secondary libraries to meet the expanding information needs of learners, educators, and researchers at the lowest possible cost. These mechanisms ensure learners in British Columbia have equitable access to resources and services that support their academic success.
BC ELN achieves this by:
- Negotiating electronic resource licenses on behalf of partner libraries. BC ELN licenses research databases, streaming videos, ebook collections and more
- Facilitating resource sharing by coordinating the Illume Interlibrary Loan Service Support Centre
- Coordinating online learner support services AskAway Chat Reference, and WriteAway Online Writing Support
- Developing shared services such as the Arca Digital Repository, Arca Partnerships, and Open Access Journal Hosting
BC ELN operates with core funding from the Province of British Columbia, with additional project funding and staff time contributed by partner libraries.
Key Partnership with eHLbc
BC ELN is the Administrative Centre for the Electronic Health Library of BC (eHLbc). eHLbc provides the academic and health care community of British Columbia with easy access to online health library resources. The purpose of eHLbc is to support and improve practice, education, and research in the health sciences.