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Cyber Security Incident April 19

April 29, 2024

On April 19 the Co-op was contacted by a “security researcher” (hacker) attempting to extort payment for data they had exfiltrated from our servers, and threatening to release that data publicly if we did not pay. Upon examination of the evidence offered, we realized that they had indeed accessed log file data from a new… Read more »

Important Update: We’re moving! (Our servers)

March 5, 2024

Since inception in 2009 the BC Libraries Cooperative has operated its own server farm, co-located at the Harbour Centre facility in downtown Vancouver. This initial choice was made for many reasons, one main reason being that there were no good Canadian-based cloud hosting options at the time of our formation. In compliance with FOIPPA, we… Read more »

New Years Note about Security

January 3, 2024

Happy New Year! We have had a few inquiries recently from members regarding security topics, and so we thought we would take the opportunity to respond more broadly in case others had comparable questions. Phishing and Spearphishing While many of us use email systems that are getting better and better at automatically catching spam and… Read more »

New French-language eBook platform Bibliothèque numérique de la Colombie-Britannique to launch during Library Month

October 27, 2022

British Columbians will have increased access to French eBooks through public libraries.   New French-language eBook platform Bibliothèque numérique de la Colombie-Britannique to launch during Library Month. Lancement de la nouvelle plateforme francophone de livres numériques de Bibliothèque numérique de la Colombie-Britannique à l’occasion du mois des bibliothèques Le français suit l’anglais. We are pleased… Read more »

Recommendations from the Lendable Connectivity Working Group now available

November 29, 2021

In an effort to obtain guidance from within the sector, in March of 2021 a Lendable Connectivity Working Group was struck, comprised of 6 libraries (3 lower mainland, 3 outside). They met over the next 4 months to investigate the feasibility of different approaches to lending out hotspots or connected devices, to help inform a… Read more »

Last Call for Connectivity Consultant and Funding

August 26, 2021

In March 2020 the Libraries Branch provided the BC Libraries Co-op with one-time funds for Digital Initiatives Projects, part of which were directed towards working with BC libraries to improve their connectivity and internal networking. It is now well over a year into these efforts and we will be winding them down by the end… Read more »

Announcing Changes to Connectivity Funds and Interim Report

May 4, 2021

April 2021 marked the one year anniversary of the announcement of the Digital Initiatives Project funding. That has prompted the Co-op to produce an interim report on the progress made to date on the Connectivity file (https://digiprojects.libraries.coop/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/DIP-Connectivity-File-Status-report-March-31st-2021-PUBLIC.pdf). In brief, while much still needs to be done, both funds and the Connectivity Consultant have made a… Read more »

New Connectivity Planning Guides Available

November 16, 2020

As part of the Ministry-funded Digital Initiatives Projects to improve public library connectivity, the BC Libraries Cooperative is releasing two guides today to help libraries in their planning processes. The first is a new planning guide to Lendable Connectivity projects. Increasingly we are seeing libraries expand their efforts to enable public internet access within their… Read more »

Connectivity Consulting Now Available

August 27, 2020

The BC Libraries Cooperative is pleased to announce that starting today it is accepting applications from BC public libraries to work with our Connectivity Consultant. This consultation is free of charge to libraries thanks to funds from the Ministry of Education, and is aimed at identifying current barriers to library connectivity and helping to develop… Read more »

Two New Connectivity Funds Open for First Round of Intake Applications

July 14, 2020

In March 2020 the BC Libraries Branch announced a one-time funding injection for public libraries, a portion of which has been directed to the Co-op for sector-wide work. Of this, some was earmarked to continue the work the Co-op has historically performed “to work with libraries on improving connectivity and bandwidth options locally and regionally,… Read more »