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An ARC for Mennonite Church Canada


June 25, 2010
- Heather Howell

Winnipeg, Man. — Mennonite Church Canada has an ARC to call their own – the Anabaptist Resource Consortium (ARC) that is!

Officially launched on June 10, 2010 as part of Mennonite Church Canada’s Resource Center, the Consortium combines access to collections from Columbia Bible College, Mennonite & Brethren in Christ, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada as well as Mennonite Church Canada. It expands available Resource Centre material from 10 000 to 15 000 items.

What makes this exciting for the Resource Centre is the "spirit of collaboration between complementary libraries, each with unique strengths and constituencies," says Arlyn Friesen Epp, Manager of Mennonite Church Canada’s Resource Centre.

Books, DVDs, audio, and other materials from the additional libraries and resource centres will reveal search results when a user access any of the ARC partner web sites. A logo from the corresponding lending institution will link to its lending policy and rates.

Harmonizing user fees is a bigger challenge than the partners were able to address at this time, says Friesen Epp. "Fees that ARC partners currently charge will remain the same."

In addition to the Anabaptist Resource Consortium, the Mennonite Church Canada’s Resource Centre online offers two new features. The search filters now allow  users to choose how results will be sorted and they can now view a usage history.

To discover what new gems Mennonite Church Canada’s Resource Centre has to offer; see