CELA (the Centre for Equitable Library Access), a public library service for people who cannot read print due to a disability, offers access to an extensive alternative format collection free-of-charge through all Ontario public libraries, thanks to funding from the Government of Ontario.
CELA provides access to more than 350,000 books in formats such as audio, braille and e-text. Users can download books from the CELA website or directly to a DAISY player or mobile device, or receive physical materials by mail. The collection includes books for all ages and interests, including popular and award-winning books for kids and teens.
OCLS hosted its 4th annual breakfast for HLLR members and college library staff at the OLA Superconference on January 29, 2016. HLLR members and OCLS staff provided updates on some key projects and initiatives. Here is the presentation from the morning:
The Board of Directors of the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Virginia Roy as the new Executive Director, effective February 8, 2016.
Ms. Roy's appointment follows a national search undertaken by the Board, with the assistance of LHH Knightsbridge executive search services that attracted a large number of highly qualified candidates.
OCLS is pleased to welcome Mohawk College as the newest member of the eBook Consortium Project. The goal of the eBook Project is to develop a consortial ebooks solution for the Ontario college libraries. As of November 2015, there are now twenty-three colleges participating in the project.
Participating colleges have access to a growing core collection of more than 168,000 titles in a wide variety of subject areas. For more information, please visit the eBook Consortium Project.
by Stacey Boileau, OCLS Services and Support Associate
With the release of the new OCLS Cataloguing Workflow, you may have heard about Linked Data preparation efforts, or you may have heard that MARC21 will eventually be replaced. Here is a basic explanation of what is currently happening with Linked Data as it relates to current OCLS partnerships (Sirsi, OCLC, iii).
EBSCO has recently upgraded the Did-You-Mean feature for EBSCO Discovery Service to offer improved search suggestions.
From the vendor:
The Did-You-Mean feature for EBSCO Discovery Service™ was recently upgraded by leveraging aggregated usage data as part of the suggestion algorithm. The end result is better recall and precision for search suggestions.
Customers who had the previous version enabled have been automatically upgraded. You can verify your account settings by logging in to EBSCOadmin and following the steps outlined on the EBSCO Support Site.
As of 1 January 2016, ScienceDirect will no longer support Internet Explorer 8.
From the vendor:
Why are we ceasing support of IE8?
We are following Microsoft’s directive to focus our support on newer, officially-supported IE browser versions. Microsoft announced in 2014 that, as of January 2016, it would only support the most recent IE browser version with technical support and security updates. We strongly encourage our customers to follow Microsoft’s directive as well by updating to more recent versions of IE. Additionally, users can move to the latest versions of the Chrome or Firefox browsers for an optimal ScienceDirect experience.
By removing IE8 from our support list, we will be able to provide the following future enhancements: