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The Electronic Health Library of British Columbia (eHLbc) is a consortium of 50 members, made up of private and public post-secondary institutions, government ministries, regulatory colleges, health authorities, and professional health associations.
The consortium's primary goal is to provide BC's and Yukon's health care and post-secondary communities with equitable access to essential online health resources. eHLbc's centralized approach to licensing resources leverages consortial buying power to achieve steep discounts for members. eHLbc benefits over 500,000 health students, researchers, and practitioners, as well as 4.6 million residents of BC and Yukon who have the assurance that their health care providers have access to current evidence-based health research.
Our multi-sector collaborative services and coordinated approach to licensing ensures that all health students and practitioners across BC and Yukon - whether they are working in urban or rural centres, in public or private practice - have access to the same core health resources that support and improve practice, education, and research.
The consortium was formed in 2006 under the leadership of the BC Academic Health Council (BCAHC), a federation of independent and publicly-funded health care and post-secondary institutions, with a significant financial contribution from the BC Ministry of Health Services. When officially launched on April 1, 2006, eHLbc was comprised of 24 publicly-funded post-secondary institutions, six health authorities, three provincial ministries, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.
Following the dissolution of the BCAHC in 2013, eHLbc was transferred to Simon Fraser University (SFU). Now the BC Electronic Library Network (BC ELN) serves as Administrative Centre, providing the consortium with essential services, such as project management, license negotiations, and technical support.
eHLbc is governed by a Management Committee and Steering Committee. All member organizations select a representative to sit on the Steering Committee. The Management Committee is comprised of elected representatives from the Steering Committee and provides leadership to the consortium.
Fueled by the principle of transparency, major financial decisions must receive initial approval from the Management Committee and final approval from the Steering Committee. The eHLbc Administrative Centre, staffed by BC ELN's Executive Director, Project Managers, and Coordinators, work closely with the Management Committee to carry out the operations of the consortium.