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Progress Report April 1, 2009 – September 30, 2009

Complete BC ELN Strategic Plan, including Vision, Mission and Values 2006-2011, Strategies, Outcomes / Milestones and Yardsticks of Success (2006 - 2008), and Strategic Plan Refresh 2009-11 available at http://www.eln.bc.ca/view.php?id=1275

Highlights of the Progress Report

Strategic Plan Refresh: Partner libraries expressed unanimous support for the BC ELN Strategic Plan Refresh 2009-11 document. Libraries indicated that sustaining BC ELN's core services of database licensing, resource sharing, and AskAway were priorities; strong support was indicated for all emerging programs and services.

Licensing: The BC ELN Office continued to work on behalf of partner libraries in helping vendors to understand the difficult economic times faced by libraries. The ICOLC Statement on the Global Economic Crisis and its Impact on Consortial Licenses was a useful tool during license negotiations, which resulted in many vendors offering zero or very low percentage inflationary increases. BC ELN successfully brought this same principle to negotiations with vendors on national Consortia Canada licenses for Oxford University Press and Lexis-Nexis.

Collaborations & Initiatives:

Office staff changes: Heather Morrison began a one-year study leave on September 1, 2009 and her duties were temporarily reassigned to other office staff and contractors.

Bold Step 1: Enhancing our Services

Strategy 1.1 Learner Resources (Licensing) (see also 2.3 Expanded Learning Resources Strategy)

Strategy 1.2 BC Library Collections Gateway (Resource Sharing)

Strategy 1.3: AskAway: Post-secondary Virtual Reference

Strategy 1.4 Information Literacy

Bold Step 2: Build the BC Library: Collaborations and Initiatives

Strategy 2.1: Multi-sector Library Initiatives

Strategy 2.2: Electronic Health Library of BC (e-HLbc)

Strategy 2.3: Expanded Learning Resources (Multi-Sector Bundle/Undergraduate Foundation Collection)

Strategy 2.4: Coordinated National Licensing

Strategy 2.5: Post-secondary Reciprocal Borrowing Strategy

Bold Step 3: Develop Digital Collections

Strategy 3.1: Facilitate the Creation of Digital Collections

Strategy 3.2: Provincial Institutional Repository (IR) Strategy

Bold Step 4: Raising our Profile and Strengthen our Infrastructure

Strategy 4.1: Target communication for different audiences

Strategy 4.2: Strengthen our Infrastructure

Strategy 4.3: Membership Criteria