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Cover of the Innovation & Success 2021 report
April 12, 2022

Through a clear plexiglass window, a student staff member waves a welcoming ‘hello’ to UBC Library patrons entering the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The student’s shining, friendly eyes make it abundantly clear that behind their mask is a big smile.

Sign that reads "Time for Change". Coloured lights are in the background.
March 28, 2022

Change is coming! BC ELN partner libraries will soon have a new tool at their disposal to manage electronic resource licenses.

This Spring, the consortium will transition to ConsortiaManager, a platform designed specifically for managing Library Consortia workflows. Once operational, staff at partner libraries will be able to log into their ConsortiaManager dashboard and have the ability to track and renew licensed resources, view offers and invoices, and receive relevant messages.

February 7, 2022

We’ve got a vision of where we want to go. Now how do we get there?

This is the question that BC ELN stakeholders (partner library directors, steering committee members, BC ELN staff) will aim to answer in the final two parts of the consortium’s Strategic Planning process, slated for this week and next.

One page explainer called "The Library Consortium"
January 7, 2022

Tell people you work for a library consortium and you often get a polite nod and after a couple beats - “what… is that exactly?”

Admittedly, the word “consortium” doesn’t necessarily conjure up a clear image. It has a dusty, academic sound to it, as most Latin words do...

Three logos: Indigitization Program, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre UBC Library, and BC ELN
December 21, 2021

Communities participating in the Indigitization Program now have a robust, shared platform to preserve, manage, and share their digitized materials­­­

November 25, 2021

We are a week out from the annual BC ELN All Partner Meeting, and excitement is building (at least it is around the BC ELN Office!)

In the olden days (pre-pandemic) the All Partner Meeting meant bringing together all our 33 partner library directors and Steering Committee members to meet for a full-day of topical discussions and networking. We’d make the event a sparkly affair, with treats, engaging activities, and of course (this is BC ELN remember) - a delicious lunch.

November 12, 2021

How do you envision strategic planning?

October 19, 2021

Catch up on AskAway news with the Chat Box Fall 2021:

  • Happy Canadian Library Workers' Day
  • Supporting the return to campus
  • Meet the AskAway Advisory Committee
  • On the horizon

Read this Issue

Image of a woman posing in front of a hydroelectric dam.
July 6, 2021

A new partnership between the BC Electronic Library Network (BC ELN) and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) at the University of British Columbia Library will offer vital support to prospective BC History Digitization Program (BCHDP) grant applicants seeking to bring their unique collections online.

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


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