News & Events

e-HLbc announces new Management Committee leadership; Leigh Anne's maternity leave; successful website migration; and more.

New Leadership

e-HLbc has a new Chair April Haddad, Institute Librarian at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and Vice-Chair Karen MacDonell, Library Director of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, to guide the consortium in the upcoming year. Welcome April and Karen.


Congratulations Leigh Anne!

We are very excited to announce that Leigh Anne will be starting her maternity leave on December 15, 2014.  While she and the baby are doing well, Leigh Anne will be going on medical leave effective immediately.  Anita Cocchia and Jennifer Bancroft will cover Leigh Anne’s responsibilities while she is on leave.


Administrative Centre Contacts

  With Leigh Anne on leave, responsibilities at the Administrative Centre are being re-assigned. If you have general questions about e-HLbc operations, membership requirements, and license renewals, contact Jennifer Bancroft; if you have questions about invoices, contact Korinne Hamakawa; if you have technical support and access questions, contact Myfanwy (Vaughn); and if you have questions about e-HLbc licensing negotiations and planning, contact Anita Cocchia. Staff contact information is available at:


DSM-5 / PsychiatryOnline License

Consortia Canada has negotiated the highest discount ever given by APP to a library consortium. Pricing and trial access is now available to e-HLbc members. Libraries across Canada will benefit from aggregated participation discounts for DSM-5, PsychiatryOnline Core, and PsychiatryOnline Premium.


e-HLbc / BC ELN Joint EDS License

The e-HLbc Administrative Centre negotiated steep discounts in the joint BC ELN and e-HLbc EBSCO Discovery Service license. Subscribing e-HLbc member institutions will now receive EBSCO’s A-to-Z for free.


Member Invoicing

The BC ELN Office and the e-HLbc Administrative Centre are working together to develop a new invoicing system to streamline the invoicing process. Also, to demystify the invoicing process, the Administrative Centre has created an e-HLbc invoicing FAQs web page:   


Successful Website Migration

The e-HLbc website migrated to Drupal 7, resulting in improved appearance and functionality. A number of organizations, including BC ELN, COPPUL, and SHIRP, are following e-HLbc’s lead and moving to the Drupal platform.


Training Guides

Do you have questions about administering your library’s online resources, tracking usage statistics, or troubleshooting technical questions? e-HLbc has answers! All our training guides were created to help staff manage e-HLbc databases and provide users with the best possible service. The training guides are available at:   


EAHIL Conference 2014

This past summer Ana Maria Ferrinho, Health Sciences Librarian at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, attended the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) Conference in Rome, and has provided an update of her experience. The theme of the conference was “Divided we fall, united we inform,” and the presentations focused primarily on collaboration and knowledge sharing among librarians. In one memorable workshop, participants investigated four journal apps (BrowZine, Docwise, Read by QXMD, and Docphin), and learned about how these tools can be used to promote library resources and keep up with new research in the health field.