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Open Learning Agency: Electronic Library Network Project

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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.
This is a report of an investigation into the potential of an Electronic Library Network for British Columbia's post-secondary libraries, which formed the basis for the establishment of the post-secondary library consortium, ELN (now BC ELN or BC Electronic Library Network).
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