Suggestions so far include Books and E-books
, and Streaming Video
. To recap where BC ELN is with collections of information: there are a total of 79 databases licensed on behalf of partner libraries; a list can be found at: http://www.eln.bc.ca/dbs/select.php
. This includes fulltext databases, the netLibrary business e-book collection, and abstracting and indexing services.
We have been adding an average of about 3-5 databases per year. Decisions about priorities are made on the basis of the suggestions and voting by BC ELN Partner Library through the annual Resource Forum and Ranking Survey. Information about products and services are made available through the BC ELN web site.
There has been much exciting activity in this area in the past year, with the provincewide (post-secondary) license to Hospitality and Tourism index, the provincewide post-secondary / public / school libraries license to Encyclopedia Britannia, and of course the e-HLBC consortium is currently in the process of implementation.
Public Library Services Branch is moving forward in the area of shared electronic collections, as outline in the Libraries Without Walls strategic plan. The school libraries also have their Educational Resources Aquisition Centre, for which BC ELN has provided consultation services.
Many BC ELN libraries are producing
new kinds of collections, for example digital collections such as SFU Library's Multicultural Canada
Collection. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs' Resource Center, which serves the Institute of Indigenous Government, has created the Our Homes are Bleeding Ditigal Collection
. University libraries are participating in the Canadian Association of Research Libraries' Institutional Repositories progam - have a look at the search service
to see what has been done to date - making the work of their own faculty and students openly available over the internet. One example of how this changes things: many institutional repositories include students' theses. The thesis, until recently available only through a very few print copies and perhaps one microfiche, is now often openly available to anyone.
SFU Library, in partnership with UBC's Public Knowledge Project
, provides hosting and support services for the open source Open Journal Systems
publishing platform, used by publishers throughout the world.
With 25,000 new student spaces being created in the next future, new possibilities for collaboration, new technologies and kinds of projects, there could be many new opportunities for services at our libraries, and for libraries to work together. What might these opportunities look like?