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Progress Report - April - September 2014

BC ELN Progress Report Highlights

Supporting Access to Resources

Facilitating Learning Support Services

Digital and Open Access Initiatives

Ensuring BC ELN Sustainability

Bold Step 1: Increasing the Format and Content Range of Online Resources

Strategy 1.1 Grow Learner Resources (Collaborative Collection of High Quality Resources)
Maintain and expand collaborative collection of learner resources to include more content and a wider variety of formats, including streaming video and ebooks.

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Collaborations:

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Strategy 1.2 Foster BC Library Collections Gateway
Support and expand the provincial resource sharing network.

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Bold Step 2: Facilitating Learning Commons Services

Strategy 2.1: Support AskAway Collaborative Virtual Reference Service
Maintain and coordinate the provincial post-secondary collaborative virtual reference service AskAway.

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Strategy 2.2: Explore opportunities to facilitate additional learning commons services
Actively seek opportunities to participate in the development and support of learning commons services, such as the WriteAway Collaborative Virtual Writing Service, Virtual Study Rooms, or Resumé Writing / Career Services.

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Bold Step 3: Supporting Province-Wide Digitization and Scholarly Communication Initiatives

Strategy 3.1: Connect Learners, Educators & Researchers with Digital Collections
Contribute leadership and coordination to provincial and national digitization projects in cooperation with other groups such as the BC Digitization Coalition and Canadiana.org.

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Strategy 3.2: Articulate & Implement Open Access Archives Strategies
Articulate and implement appropriate role for BC ELN in managing open access archives (e.g. Institutional Repositories, Learning Object Repositories) and supporting adoption by BC ELN partners.

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Shared Services and Provincial Digital Library
  • Apprised BC ELN partner libraries of Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED) announcement concerning Core Review and related initiatives: a) shared services approach for libraries and b) Provincial Digital Library
  • Facilitated presentations by AVED representatives regarding new approach at two Steering Committee meetings
  • Surveyed partner libraries on behalf of AVED for feedback on Core Review initiatives; collated and shared survey feedback at June Steering Committee meeting
  • Prepared and submitted briefing document for AVED, summarizing BC ELN partner” response to the Core Review announcement, and offering their recommendations on structure, governance, and potential participants in the initiates
  • Worked with AVED and the Administrative Service Delivery Transformation (ASDT) Steering Committee to make the BC Institutional Repository Network a core component of the Provincial Digital Library
  • Participated in meetings with Ministry of Advanced Education, Libraries Branch, the BC Libraries Cooperative, and ERAC to discuss system impact of the Provincial Digital Library and shared services initiatives
  • Bold Step 4: Ensuring a Relevant, Responsive and Sustainable BC ELN

    Strategy 4.1: Strengthen our Infrastructure
    Ensure that the BC ELN Office has the human and financial resources needed to meet its Strategic Vision Goal effectively and efficiently.

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    Strategy 4.2: Communicate Effectively
    Develop and refine BC ELN communications through targeting messages and marketing for diverse audiences.

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