News Archive

By Zack Osborne, IT Systems & Services Coordinator, OCLS

Several colleges contributed to OCULA's call for events and making activities. OCULA Spring dinner attendees voted on their favourite events using a set of criteria.

OCLS would like to congratulate Centennial and George Brown college for their Member's Choice Awards:

  • Best Event to Develop Students’ Problem-solving and/or Critical Thinking Skills: #24 Lego Challenge, Centennial College
  • Best Event to Foster Cross-collaboration and/or Bring Together Different Academic Communities: #29 CHCA Pop-Up Library, George Brown College

Read OCULA's post for the rest of the winners and more.

The following report by Ace Project Assistants Mari Vihuri and Sue Beazley, shows the latest and greatest about our Ace Pilot Project.

by Mari Vihuri & Sue Beazley, ACE Project Assistants at OCUL Scholars Portal

The Colleges’ Object Repository (CORe) offers college libraries the opportunity to develop customized digital repositories to create, maintain and share accessible digital objects. In April, 5 pilot college libraries went live on CORe; Fleming, George Brown, Georgian, Loyalist and Seneca, and the door is open for more libraries to create repositories for their student projects, photographs, archival documents and other important digital resources.

by Corinne Abba, Chair, AODA Committee for Ontario College Libraries

The Marrakesh Treaty is also known as the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. This treaty promotes and supports the provision of accessible works to people with visual and print disabilities without requiring the permission of copyright holders. To implement the treaty signatories will be required to enact domestic copyright laws which contain an exception for visually impaired and print disabled people, and they will be required to allow for the import and export of accessible versions of books and other copyrighted works without copyright holder permission. (It is worth noting that Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act already has these provisions in place).

Effective Monday May 4, OCLS has activated Single Sign On (SSO) to integrate your access across our 3 key web properties: this website, the 03 Forum/Portal, and Request Tracker (RT).  Single Sign On makes it more efficient to move seamlessly between OCLS’ web properties, and makes it much easier to work with OCLS’s various services and tools. Log in once and gain access all three sites. Login once and gain access to all 3 sites.
Now when you wish to sign on to any of these three sites you will be presented with the login form below:

SSO login page

In 2005, the Ontario government enacted the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to identify, prevent, and remove barriers to accessibility. Under this act (s.18) college libraries are required to ‘provide, procure, or acquire accessible or conversion-ready formats of print –based resources (upon request)’. OCLS, guided by the HLLR AODA Committee for Ontario College Libraries, has partnered with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and the Internet Archive to bring the Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) service to college libraries through a four-month pilot initiative and year-long trial.

OCLS Screenshot

OCLS is pleased to announce the launch of our new website. It has been designed for improved navigation and functionality with a more open, engaging and direct way of sharing information. Some of the new features are:


Stay informed about OCLS news and upcoming events on the front page. Click through to find our searchable news and events archive.

eLECTRONIC Resources Management Assistant (ERMA)

Tools and functionality to help you better manage your college's eresources, including your college’s customized dashboard. With ERMA you can view your subscriptions, OCLS's eresource offerings, trials, and more in one place.

Avatar of the EBook by Flickr User: Colleges eBook Consortium Project is pleased to announce the licensing of the following two products as the foundation of its core eBook collection:

  • EBSCO Academic eBooks
  • ProQuest College Complete eBooks

The links to access those two collections can be found on the participating college libraries’ websites.

OCLS is happy to provide you with a great opportunity for everyone to catch up on projects and collaborative work being done to benefit the college libraries. Please let us know if you have questions or comments about any of the presentations. Hope to see you again for next year's power breakfast!

Video: OCLS' 3rd Annual Power Breakfast at OLA Super Conference - January 2015

Chapter 1: Welcome (00:00)
Chapter 2: OCLS Strategic Plans (02:16)
Chapter 3: Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) / AODA (13:56)
Chapter 4: eBook Consortium Project (27:12)
Chapter 5: eResources Voting Exchange (EVE) (37:44)
Chapter 6: Digital Media Services (DMS) (43:12)