The Biblius.ca project

Rollout of the e-book loan system to Québec school libraries

The purpose of this information site is to keep stakeholders in school settings informed of the progress of the project. It is also meant to be a portal for distribution and sharing of material designed to support school libraries’ efforts in electronic book lending and in raising awareness of the format.

Background

In February 2019 the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (Ministry of Education and Higher Education, known by its French acronym, MEES) signed a contract with Bibliopresto for the development and rollout of an electronic book-lending platform for Québec school libraries. This process is in line with Measure 17 of the MEES Digital Action Plan for Education and Higher Education, which aims to “encourage the shift from library to learning commons.”

Needs are growing in terms of access to e-books in the school system: use of e-books for in-class teaching, needs of students with disabilities or learning or adjustment difficulties, access to school libraries outside classroom hours, etc. Besides making digital publications available to students and school staff, the Biblius.ca platform will also facilitate the process of purchasing and managing e-book licences in a manner that respects copyright.

Service interruption in summer 2021

The enthusiasm for Biblius is felt. The platform meets several needs and we know that some school boards would have liked to be able to continue to use it without interruption, especially in the context of summer classes. However, we need to take a short and exceptionnal summer break to prepare the next school year.