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BC ELN - Progress Report - October 2006 - March 2007

Progress Report: October 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007

Strategic Plan: Vision, Mission and Values 2006-2011 & Strategies, Outcomes / Milestones and Yardsticks of Success (2006 - 2008) available at http://www.eln.bc.ca/view.php?id=1275

Bold Step 1: Enhancing our Services


Outcomes / Services

1.1 Licensing

  • Conducted and released annual Ranking Survey http://www.eln.bc.ca/view.php?id=1442. Identified Lexis Nexis Quicklaw and EBSCO Education Research Complete as top priorities

  • Added new product: EBSCO Business Source Complete

  • Renewed 32 products

  • Coordinated EBSCO Business Source Complete Information Sessions, helped vendor develop on-demand BC Stats Teleconference Training Sessions

1.2 Resource Sharing

  • 12 libraries have implemented Ariel 4.1.1

  • Ariel 4.1.1 implementation survey completed Nov. 2006

  • 11 in-depth consultation / training sessions on reSearcher products (GODOT, CUFTS, CJDB admin)

  • Released early information on forthcoming dbWiz trial to partner libraries for budgeting purposes

  • Met with BC Research Libraries Resource Sharing Experts

  • Attended Auto-Graphics User Group meeting Jan. 2007

  • AGent upgraded to Version 2.6

1.3 Virtual Reference

  • 7 new libraries joined the service Jan. 2007

  • All 27 partner libraries now participating, contributing approximately 208 staff hours per week

  • Hours extended to 67 per week

  • Over 5,300 questions answered (post-secondary)

  • BC ELN Staff hired to accommodate heavy demand for evening / weekend service

  • 5 joint public/post-secondary training sessions around the province; 66 new service providers trained

  • Released AskAway Marketing Toolkit http://www.eln.bc.ca/view.php?id=1434

  • Investigated and coordinated plans for summer service

  • Presented sessions at Ontario Library Association conference, Education Institute, SLAIS

1.4 Information Literacy

  • Developed design guidelines document to support the BCcampus Academic Resource Toolbox (ART) project

  • Developed alpha-version of the web portal for the ALPS LINK project (facilitates sharing of library instruction materials through the SOL*R learning object repository) and demonstrated at the December ALPS meeting

Bold Step 2: Building the BC Library


Outcomes / Milestones

2.1 Provincial Symposium on BC Library

  • To be scheduled, in coordination with Public Library Services Branch

2.2 Expanded Licensing Strategy

2.2.1 Coordinated Provincial Licensing

  • Met with Educational Resources Acquisitions Consortium (ERAC), and Public Library Services Branch (PLSB), to develop strategy for cooperative licensing initiatives.

  • Preliminary discussions for Auto Repair Centre provincial license.

2.2.2 e-HLbc Consortium (Electronic Health Library of BC)

  • Contract for e-HLbc administration until March 31, 2008 finalized

  • Launched website February 2007

  • Planned web and in-person EBSCO and Ovid training sessions

  • Hiring of e-HLbc Coordinator underway

  • See e-HLbc Progress Report for more detail: http://ehlbc.ca/about/documents

2.2.3 Coordinated National Licensing

  • BC ELN led licenses during this period included: CPI-Q, Canada's Heritage from 1844, Lexis Nexis

  • BC ELN benefited from offers led by other consortia: e-HRAF Archeology, e-HRAF Ethnography, Project Muse

2.3 One-Card Strategy

  • CPSLD is leading coordination of a post-secondary one card. BC ELN role to be decided.

Bold Step 3: Developing Digital Collections


Outcomes / Milestones

3.1 Facilitating the Creation of Digital Collections

  • Attended Toward a Digital Information Strategy for Canada: National Summit (Library and Archives Canada) http://www.collectionscanada.ca/scin/012033-611-e.html

  • Met with Public Library Services Branch, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, and Alouette Canada, to discuss potential joint projects

  • Preliminary discussions on portal for BC digital collections

3.2 Provincial Institutional Repository (IR) Strategy

  • BC ELN stafff monitor IR developments locally and internationally.

Bold Step 4: Raising our Profile


Outcomes / Milestones

Targeted communication for different audiences

Bold Step 5: Strengthening our Infrastructure


Outcomes / Milestones

5.1 Strengthening our Infrastructure

2006 - 2011 Strategic Plan

  • Hired librarians for AskAway service and e-HLbc

  • Completed office renovations

  • Expanded office to accommodate new staff

  • February 2007 Budget Presentation

  • Released Staff News announcement highlighting staff changes

  • Investigated new webhosting options and tested website migration

  • Rolled out improved (off-site) access to our file server

5.2 Membership Criteria

  • Discussions with AVED