Former ELN Manager Deb DeBruijn describes the British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN), a consortium of BC post-secondary libraries developed by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education in 1989 under an ambitious "Access for All" strategy to increase capacity at every post-secondary institution in the province. Discusses the BC union databases, OJAC (an early link resolver, currently called GODOT), and database licensing.
Objective of Study, from the Executive Summary:
To identify and evaluate the key components that facilitate or restrict resource sharing of library collections and other information resources among B.C. libraries. A primary goal is to determine what can be done to extend resource sharing by removing barriers and improving those elements that affect the quantity and quality of services. Information is to be collected about current policies and practices, cost and related financial requirements. Proposals for change and improvement are to be developed, addressing financial as well as policy or procedural matters.
Executive Summary (excerpt)
This report is the first step in the development of a vision of post-secondary libraries in B.C. as key participants in the provincial programme to provide "Access for All" with respect to post-secondary education and job training. The libraries' role in this policy is to provide the core materials at the institutional level that are required for teaching and basic research and then, through the Electronic Library Network, to provide access to a virtually unlimited range of electronic resources and delivery mechanisms, essentially becoming part of the 'global village' that is predicted for the 1990's.
The immediate benefits of the plan described in this report will be to lay groundwork through research, product development and the provision of basic equipment to minimize the distance factor in the supporting library resource sharing. Over the next decade post-secondary libraries will then be well positioned to build on this infrastructure and take advantage of electronic resources and telecommunications networks as they are developed.
FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES: this workbook was used for training BC ELN partner library staff in the mid-90's.
Use of e-mail, listservs, FTP, Archive, Gopher, Veronica, Jughead, and search tools for the world wide web current in the mid-1990's are described.
FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES: this workbook explains how to use basic internet tools common in the mid-1990's, including telnet, e-mail, FTP, gopher, and browsers (LYNX, Netscape).
Recent resource sharing technology developments in the western Canadian consortia, BC Electronic Library Network and COPPUL are discussed. Highlights include the shelf status project of BC ELN, combining the functionality of a union catalogue with live lookup of circulation status via Z39.50, a tagging feature for the locally developed A to Z list CJDB (CUFTS Journal Database), a locally developed federated search tool, dbwiz, the Open Journal Systems software of the Public Knowledge Project, and the COPPUL Animated Tutorials Sharing Project.