OCLS and HLLR are excited to announce the launch of the eResources Accessibility Evaluation Project. Under the guidance of the HLLR AODA Research Panel, the project will assist Ontario college libraries in upholding accessibility best practices and becoming compliant with the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), particularly the January 1, 2020 deadline for accessible eresources.
OCLS is pleased to announce that our askON virtual reference service is transitioning to a new, web-based platform, which will go live in September. The new platform, LibraryH3lp, offers many exciting features including in-platform access to library profiles, askON policies, tools, and resources. The system also streamlines the chat process, allowing college staff working on askON to easily pick up chats, access and create canned messages, and communicate with colleagues from within the platform.
By Marcia Steeves, Copyright Technician, Fleming College Library
Fleming College Library's initial interest in the digital repository project stemmed from a collection of archival photographs in our College's Archives. A wide selection of the photographs had been scanned by a team of Archive volunteers over the past 6 years, but other than being stored on our local network we had no way of making them accessible to our students, staff, faculty and community at large.
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.