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Institutional Repository Update #5

9 July 2014

Re: Institutional Repository Update #5

Thanks to the direction, support, and advocacy of library directors around the province,  BC ELN has been awarded $50,000 in funding this year from the Ministry of Advanced Education to coordinate the development of a BC Institutional Repository Network. 

Ministry has given a verbal commitment at this point, and a formal letter can be expected in the coming weeks. We anticipate receiving an additional $50,000 in seed funding in the next fiscal year as well. Once the letter has been received, we will send out a formal announcement to Library Directors and other stakeholders.

Needless to say, the presentation of the IR Business Case  to the Administrative Services Delivery (ASDT) Steering Committee was a success. This is in no little part attributed to a number of you emailing or speaking in person to your VPs Finance about 1) the need for collaborative work on IRs and 2) BC ELN’s successful development and implementation of collaborative projects in the past.  A number of the ASDT Members mentioned that they were fully briefed and had the support of their institution at the meeting. Thank you to everyone who went the extra mile! It made a difference.

The Office will be busy working with the IR Concept Committee in the coming months on next steps, including formalizing governance structure, software evaluation, selection, and implementation. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

In the mean time, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Many thanks for your continued direction and support.

Kind regards,

Leigh Anne Palmer
BC Electronic Library Network
Phone: 778.782.5440
Email: leighannep@ehlbc.ca