It is with great pleasure that we share with you an overview of the Biblius project from the 2021-2022 school year!
The past year marked an important chapter in the grand adventure of our little digital fox: after 2 years of development and experimentation, Biblius started it’s first year of full deployment in school libraries of the public school system in the autumn of 2021. More than 99% of students in the public school system now have access to the borrowing of digital books.
In 2020-2021, we also started communicating with schools and running various technical tests in preparation for the connection of private schools and First Nations schools not under agreement. Connecting these schools to Biblius will start during the 2022-2023 school year.
Common collection and local collections collection
In this first year of full deployment, students and school staff of the public school system had access to a common collection of 407 digital books (picture books, novels, nonfiction books, graphic novels, poetry, theatre, etc.).
This collection falls within the framework of important investments from the Ministry of education of Quebec (MEQ) over 5 years. The common collection, for which the content is revised every school year, is also offered in 2022-2023.
School environments can also develop their own collection of digital books, complimentary to the common collection and in relation to their local needs and resources.
INFOGRAPHIC OVERVIEW (in French only)
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As a reminder, the project is part of measure 17 of the Digital Action Plan for Education and Higher Education in which the MEQ has undertaken to “deploy the loan of digital books in school libraries and encourage their transition to learning commons”.
By deploying the loan of digital books, Quebec school libraries are adding an important component to their service offering. This allows them to better serve the entire school clientele, in particular students with disabilities or social maladjustments or learning difficulties (EHDAA), and to pursue their mission of supporting teaching and learning in all disciplines.
To find out more
- Biblius 101: Carte de visite (in French only)
- The Biblius project
- The common collection
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Tools, training and promotional material