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Illume is the Interlibrary loan service between public and post-secondary libraries in BC & Yukon. The SHAREit software, provided by the vendor Auto-Graphics, is an Integrated ILL Management System that combines searching of the shared union database catalogue & live Z39.50 targets, requesting, and an efficient work management process for interlibrary loans (ILL) staff. The Illume service includes libraries using the SHAREit software and also partners with other ILL softwares via ISO protocols to form an interconnected technology base for Illume.
In partnership with Public Libraries Branch (Ministry of Municipal Affairs) and BC ELN, provincial support for Illume (formerly OutLook OnLine) is centralized at BC ELN as the Illume Administrative Centre.
The centre offers support, troubleshooting, and training for both post-secondary and public libraries. The Illume platform is hosted in Canada on servers managed by Simon Fraser University. This consolidated administration is in line with the government’s interest in shared services and collaboration across library sectors.