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BC ELN beginning in 1989: Access for AllThe concept of the BC Electronic Library Network emerged in 1989, as part of the ambitious "Access for All" educational strategy of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Job Training.
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Something good happened in 1989 for post-secondary libraries and their users in British Columbia, under the provincial Social Credit government. The Ministry of Advanced Education and Job Training announced an ambitious 'Access for All' educational strategy designed to increase capacity of university, college and institute programs, develop degree-granting 'university colleges', expand open learning opportunities, create partnerships across diverse sectors, and foster innovation through use of new technologies. With this initiative came the recognition that post-secondary libraries were an integral part of the 'Access for All' vision, and the concept of the British Columbia Electronic Library Network (ELN) was born. But unlike many good concepts, ELN was fortunate to be given both an appropriate organizational home and funding.
from: The British Columbia Electronic Library Network - Affordable Innovation. by Deb DeBruijn, Feliciter, November / December 1995.