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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.


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