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OCLS is pleased to introduce a new version of the model licence developed specifically for use by individual college libraries. The new model licence is now available on the “OCLS Model Licence” web page in ERMA.

By Liana Giovando, Principal Consultant at and Thomas Guignard, Director of Services, OCLS

The Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) is helping college libraries to integrate more data into library discovery layers to provide a more robust and rewarding search experience for college library users.

Library discovery layers such as Primo, EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), and Summon allow libraries to offer a single search interface to explore across separate collections and repositories. For example, OCLS teamed up with and discovery layer vendors to integrate college library content into these services so that more information is available to users through a single interface.

The OCLS model licence is an important tool used by the OCLS eResources team to negotiate the most advantageous licence terms and conditions as possible for the Ontario college libraries. Developed in 2013 using best practices from other Canadian library consortia, it also included input from the college libraries’ Copyright Interest Group (CIG) and AODA Committee. The model licence gives OCLS leverage to negotiate with vendors and language to help ensure that key terms and conditions important to the colleges are included. 

This fall, the OCLS eResources team will host a webinar providing the Ontario college libraries with the opportunity to showcase and share innovative practices for managing eresources.

At this time, we are looking for volunteers to present on any of their practices that could be interesting or useful to other college libraries. Please consider any tools, procedures, or practices that help your library manage eresources in areas such as:

  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Managing multiple formats (including digital audio/video and data)
  • Workflows or automation
  • Troubleshooting
  • Licensing and permitted uses
  • Access & authentication
  • Marketing
  • Accessibility
  • Metadata

The only restriction is that your topic pertains to eresources.

The Ontario College Libraries’ OER Toolkit has launched and is now available through the Faculty Toolkit in The Learning Portal / Le Portail d’Apprentissage, a collaboration between Ontario college libraries and learning centres and the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS).

OCLS offices will be closed from December 23, 2017 to January 1, 2018 inclusive. We will reopen on Tuesday January 2, 2018. We will be monitoring remote systems and help desk access points from 7:30am-10:00pm each day and will respond to emergency service requests.

A key element of OCLS's strategic plan 2015-2020 is our commitment to demonstrating value. As such, we recognize the importance of accountability and demonstrating qualitative and quantitative value to our stakeholders.

Since 2013, OCLS has been collecting and reporting annual Performance and Value Indicators (P&VIs) to our stakeholders. We are now taking one step further in our commitment to accountability by releasing visual summaries of these indicators.

Starting from the 2015-2016 fiscal year, P&VIs infographics can now be found on the "About us" section of our website.

Full access to Frontier Life: Borderlands Settlement and Colonial Encounters, a digital collection of primary sources from 1650-1920 including material from the Hudson Bay Archives and the Glenbow Archives, is now available to all libraries across Canada thanks to a collaboration between Consortia Canada and Adam Matthew. 

Consortia Canada, Adam Matthew, and 18 leading academic institutions collaborated to open this content to libraries and educational institutions nationwide, including all library types: public, post-secondary, special, archives, museums and K-12 schools. The collaboration unlocks important primary sources to provide the broader community with a comparative view on the various colonial frontiers across the globe.

See the vendor's press release for more details and for information about how your library can set up access.

Subscribing colleges may have received a message from Career Cruising about the change of their company name to Xello. Please note this has no affect on your current Career Cruising subscription. The name change applies to the company and their product for K-12. For post-secondary subscribers, the product name will remain Career Cruising. The only change will be that future communications will come from email addresses, rather than addresses. We will update the vendor contact information in ERMA, once we have the updated email addresses. In the meantime, any emails sent to the old addresses will be redirected.