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May 27, 2021

BC ELN wishes a fond farewell to long-time BC ELN WriteAway Coordinator, Megan Robertson. For the past seven years, Megan has nurtured the provincial WriteAway service, seeing it grow from 5 to 19 participating institutions. She has provided valuable feedback and support to coordinators, tutors, and countless students.

Four report covers
May 7, 2021

BC ELN has released a suite of Actions & Achievements 2020 reports for our four core service areas: Arca Digital Repository, AskAway Chat Reference, Illume Interlibrary Resource Sharing, and WriteAway Online Tutoring.

Cover of the Innovation & Success 2020 report
April 23, 2021

BC ELN has released Innovation & Success 2020, its annual report. Innovation & Success 2020 highlights the power that collaboration has in times of challenge and uncertainty. Libraries and library staff were able to lean on BC ELN services as well as each other in 2020 to offer ongoing support to students, educators, and researchers through unprecedented circumstances.

February 22, 2021

In collaboration with Consortia Canada, BC ELN have contacted all vendors of BC ELN, eHLbc, and ConCan licenses to learn whether they and their products are impacted by the December and January security breaches at SolarWinds. Details on the breaches can be found here:

January 27, 2021

The latest BC Open Textbook (4th Quarter December 2020) MARC records are now available for free download.

Questions? Contact Myfanwy Postgate, Coordinator, BC ELN

August 24, 2020

Burnaby, B.C., August 24, 2020 – Past, present, and future BC History Digitization Program (BCHDP) grant recipients have access to free, sustainable, standards-based hosting for their online collections into 2025 thanks to an extension of the BCHDP-Arca Hosting Initiative.

Image of the Arc, Arca's new newsletter
August 4, 2020

BC ELN is proud to share its newest service area newsletter: The Arc, "A Bridge to Arca".

The Arc will keep all Arca partners and the BC ELN community at large informed about what's new and on the horizon for Arca, BC's collaborative digital repository.

Read the inaugural issue:


July 13, 2020

The latest BC Open Textbook (2nd Quarter June 2020) and provider neutral BC Legislative Library MARC records up to April 2020, including the complete 2019 set, are now available for free download.

Questions? Contact Myfanwy Postgate, Coordinator, BC ELN

May 14, 2020

Join us for the 6th annual BCELN EBSCO day event!

  • In light of the current global situation this year’s event will be virtual,  taking place on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 from 9:00am – 12:00pm via WebEx.
  • The early morning session will cover the content side of things along with the latest in FOLIO ERM developments. The late morning session will be an overview of the latest EDS UX enhancements (including a live demo), ebook interface updates and the benefits of having OER and DRM free ebooks for faculty all in one easy to search interface.
Cover of Arca Actions & Achievements 2019 report; image shows a women pointing at and looking at her laptop screen.
May 11, 2020

The Arca Actions & Achievements 2019 Report is now available!

Read about:

  • The value of Arca for participating organizations, students, and researchers
  • A unique collection of local cookbooks
  • A quote from a very happy researcher
  • A look ahead to 2020
Cover of Illume Actions & Achievements 2019 report; image shows two young children reading a book outside in a field.
May 11, 2020

The Illume Actions & Achievements 2019 Report is now available!

Read about:

  • Software infrastructure improvements
  • New branding look and feel
  • A look ahead to 2020
Image of the cover of the AskAway Actions & Achievements 2019 Report: A photo of a person smiling and working on a laptop.
May 6, 2020

The AskAway Actions & Achievements 2019 Report is now available!

Read about:

  • AskAway's value for learners, educators, and researchers
  • New chat reference software and extended service hours
  • What's ahead for 2020
Image of the cover of the WriteAway Actions & Achievements 2019 Report: A photo of a woman looking at her laptop.
April 29, 2020

The WriteAway Actions & Achievements 2019 Report is now available!

Read about:

  • The service's refreshed look and feel
  • The difference WriteAway makes for students
  • What's ahead for 2020



Download the report at:

Image of the cover of the Innovation & Success 2019 Report: A photo of a woman looking at her computer while holding a book.
March 25, 2020

We are proud to share the 2019 BC ELN Innovation & Success report.

In these turbulent times, we think it's as important as ever to emphasize the power of collaboration. This report highlights the incredible benefits BC ELN delivers with its core areas: collaborative licensing, resource sharing, learning support, and shared services, thanks to the cooperation of partner libraries.

March 16, 2020


**Last Updated: July 10, 2020**

As work and educational priorities shift in response to COVID-19, BC ELN recognizes that institutions have largely moved to online modes of service delivery.

BC ELN resources and services are viable options to support institutions during this disruption. For the most part, we do not anticipate interruptions for members. The BC ELN team is currently working remotely, and staff monitor services from home. We are available as usual through phone and email.

February 19, 2020

The 4th Quarter (up to December) 2019 BC Open Textbook MARC records (full sets and additions in RDA) are now available: BC Open Textbook MARC Records

Questions? Contact Myfanwy Postgate.

February 7, 2020

We're excited to announce that our Permissions Project is now complete and new licensing information is now easily accessible on the BC ELN website for over 65 reseouces.

BC ELN is committed to strengthening its licensing program and supporting partner libraries by clearly communicating the terms and conditions of access to licensed resources that are negotiated on their behalf. The purpose of the Permissions Project was to expand and sharpen the licensing information included on the BC ELN website.

January 29, 2020

Provider neutral BC Legislative Library MARC records for October and November 2019 are now available for free download on the Legislative Library MARC Records page.

Questions? Contact:

December 19, 2019

BC ELN and COPPUL are pleased to welcome Emily Carr University of Art + Design into COPPUL's WestVault preservation network. Thanks to the work of Brandon Weigel, Manager of BCELN's Arca digital repository program, and COPPUL's former CDSN coordinator, Corey Davis, COPPUL and BC ELN have entered into an informal agreement with BCELN to allow members of Arca  to use the COPPUL WestVault services, and vice versa.  The Arca platform fully automates the deposit of repository content into COPPUL's WestVault LOCKSS-based preservation network.

December 12, 2019

Dive into AskAway news with the AskAway Chat Box December 2019:

  • New service hours a success
  • Launching new chat reference software LibraryH3lp
  • Learn more about the Advisory Committee
  • Investigating proactive chat
  • Transitioning to APA 7th edition

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