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The Learning Portal, an exciting collaboration between Ontario college libraries, several Ontario college learning centres, and OCLS, launched today September 5, 2017 at

As announced last winter, the Learning Portal delivers open learning resources and services for Ontario’s college students, while providing consistent library and learning centre support for faculty. The portal also supports partnerships with OntarioLearn and eCampusOntario.

The CLEAR Local Steering Committee and OCLS are pleased to announce the launch of the CLEAR discovery layer integration with Ex Libris’s Summon. Colleges participating in OCLS’s CLEAR Local opt-in service and using the Summon discovery layer will now be able to integrate permitted uses information into EDS search results:

Summon integration screenshot

Any CLEAR Local college that would like to add the Summon integration should contact Coralee Leroux at OCLS to set up the integration and schedule training.

Want to learn more? Watch the recorded webinar on the CLEAR discover layer integration: Or contact Coralee directly.

In this month's issue of InsideOCULA you can read about The Learning Portal, an Ontario Libraries' collaboration to provide easy access to open learning resources and services.

The Learning Portal logo and link

Visitor answers to "Tell us how we did today"The askON virtual reference service has transformed in the years since it launched in 2008, keeping pace with developments in online learning. Through the hard work, dedication, and direction of the askON college library staff, askON has flourished into an exceptional service for college students, faculty, and staff.

With a significant traffic increase from both increased student and faculty awareness as well as a proactive chat pilot, the fall 2016 semester has brought changes to the askON staff experience, and they have adjusted to higher traffic levels remarkably while continuing to provide an excellent level of customer service.


The Learning Portal / Le Portail d'Apprentissage is a collaboration between the Ontario college libraries (HLLR), several Ontario college learning centres, and the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS). The project began in 2015 as a library support space built within OntarioLearn but has grown to include a standalone website. The project aims to provide easy and equitable access to open learning resources and services to Ontario's online college students and to provide a consistent, province-wide academic support platform for faculty to use for course and assignment design.

OCLS is pleased to announce the launch of OCLS Atrium, our new collaborative workspace for the Ontario college libraries!  Officially launching tomorrow, Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, OCLS Atrium will support all the activity that used to exist in 03, including document sharing, collaborative calendars, discussion boards, and more!

Members of the spaces that were migrated from O3 can expect an email tomorrow with information about how to access their new Atrium spaces. The URL for accessing Atrium’s public spaces will also be provided here tomorrow.

We hope our new OCLS Atrium workspace provides a fresh environment to support collaboration and collective activity amongst the college libraries.

HLLR and OCLS are pleased to announce the launch of the CLEAR central instance on August 22, 2016. CLEAR, which stands for College Libraries Electronic Access Rights, brings Scholars Portal’s OCUL Usage Rights (OUR) database to the college libraries. The CLEAR central instance allows college libraries to display permitted uses to students, faculty, and staff for eresources that have licence agreements negotiated by OCLS, enabling library users to see at a glance how they can use a specific resource.

ACE logoThis summer the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) announced that its Accessible Content ePortal (ACE) had reached an important milestone. In collaboration with Internet Archive Canada, 10,000 titles are now digitized and available via ACE to support the research needs of academic library users with print disabilities in Ontario. Beginning as an OCUL pilot project in 2013, ACE became a core Scholars Portal service the following year, and in 2015 the service was extended to the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS).

Centennial College - Ashtonbee CampusCentennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus is one of five new buildings celebrating their Ontario Library Association (OLA) 2016 Library Building Award, presented to them in July 2016. The OLA Library Building Awards showcase excellent architectural design of libraries in Ontario.

Sue Beazely profile pictureOCLS is pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Beazely as Project Coordinator for the Colleges’ eBook Consortium Project.