ARC-BC Contribute to CollectionThis April, teams across the province are participating in the 2010-2011 ARC-BC Contribute to Collection project. This project is designed to help support districts interested in adding to or improving the ARC-BC collection of alternate formats. District teams applied to join the project early this spring and seven districts (Qualicum, Coquitlam, Central Okanagan, Shuswap, Kamloops, Revelstoke, and Coast Mountains) will be participating over the next school year.

A mobile alternate format production station containing a laptop, scanner, and colour Kurzweil 3000 software was loaned to each district team. Then, in April, members of the ARC-BC provincial team traveled to the districts to facilitate two days of alternate format production training. The training focused on the process for contributing to the ARC-BC collection, the standards and guidelines around producing alternate formats, and the use of Kurzweil 3000 to produce high quality (3-star) .kes (Kurzweil) versions of the print materials that are being used by the teams’ students. On the second day of training, teams also spent time discussing specific plans for producing materials over the next year.

The ARC-BC provincial team is very excited to have these teams participate in the project – the enthusiasm and energy that the teams are showing for adding new titles, and, even more importantly, improving the existing titles in the ARC-BC collection is wonderful to see. The work these teams will be doing is sure to be greatly appreciated by ARC-BC users and their students all over the province. We can’t wait to see their contributions in the community and main library areas of the ARC-BC collection!

If you would like more information on ARC-BC, please visit our website at If you have any questions or require support in contributing to the ARC-BC collection, please contact our team at

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