Notes from the Chair - Fall 2014

Once more, e-HLbc is embarking on a year of exciting change. Starting this fall, I have assumed the position of Chair for the e-HLbc consortium. I have sat on the Management Committee as a post-secondary representative since 2010 and have also been a member of the BC Electronic Library Network for many years. As Institute Librarian at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, where we educate justice and public safety professionals, I have found e-HLbc resources to be invaluable, particularly for our paramedic students and faculty. As your new Chair, I will strive to realize your vision for e-HLbc, and facilitate communication and collaboration around issues that matter most to you.

Before considering the opportunities coming in the year ahead, I would first like to thank Ruth Rochlin, our outgoing Chair, for her leadership skills, passion, and humour in guiding the consortium through the notable transitions of the past few years. While we will miss having Ruth as Chair, she will remain on the Management Committee as Past Chair for the coming year so we can continue to benefit from her wisdom and experience.

e-HLbc’s most notable accomplishments over the past year include the successful negotiation for two new boutique licenses: EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5th ed.). The DSM-5 license negotiation was an especially long and challenging one – a national deal in which e-HLbc and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) led the charge to find optimal pricing for this critical reference resource.   In the end, e-HLbc members will benefit from the highest discount the American Psychiatric Publishing has ever granted a library consortium because of the national consortial approach. e-HLbc’s other accomplishments in the past year include a successful website migration to the Drupal 7 platform, a revamped product selection process with new selection and ranking tools, a negotiated Alexander Street Press license agreement with Gibson Library Connections, and additional training and technology guides.

In the upcoming year, our energies will be focused on negotiating the Core Suite renewal. It’s a huge task. Seeking input from member librarians on the quality and value of our current resources, deciding what content will be included in the next Core Suite, and negotiating the best price – there’s a lot of work ahead and many opportunities to draw upon the collective wisdom of the consortium. I look forward to working closely with e-HLbc members to acquire the best health information resources for health students, researchers, and practitioners around BC.

It’s an exciting time to be e-HLbc Chair! Stay tuned for further developments.

April Haddad, e-HLbc Chair