News Archive

This is a brief update to let you know that there will be a change in how upgrades are handled in ERMA. Up until now, if you've upgraded a subscription either mid-term or upon your renewal, we've indicated this in the subscription title. Going forward, subscription titles will no longer include information about upgrades and you will see "Upgrade" listed in the Status field instead. Any other relevant information about your upgrade will be found under Notes.

For example, if you upgrade from LN Academic Core to LN Academic Plus, the subscription information for your upgraded product would be:

Previously Now

LN Academic Plus (Upgrade)

Status: New

LN Academic Plus

Status: Upgrade

OCLS is pleased to announce the appointment of Mari Vihuri as Acting Project Manager of the Colleges’ eBook Consortium Project.

OCLS is pleased to announcement the appointment of Nathan Howard as Programmer/Analyst. Nathan is a recent graduate of George Brown's School of Engineering, Computer Programmer / Analyst program. He is experienced with  Linux, Perl, PHP, Bash, Javascript and Drupal as well as with relational databases and object oriented programming. Prior to and during his studies at George Brown he has engaged in a number of dynamic web projects, designing, creating, updating and maintaining commercial websites.  A volunteer with the not-for-profit social enterprise  Free Geek Toronto he dismantles and refurbishes computers and makes them available at accessible prices. We look forward to Nathan's expertise and assistance on a number of the key projects in which OCLS will engage this year.

ProQuest will be updating the names of several databases so that names are clearer and more descriptive, effective June 1, 2016. You can expect to see these name changes reflected in ERMA in the near future for any ProQuest databases that OCLS manages on behalf of Ontario colleges. For databases that your college subscribes to independently, you will see name changes reflected on your next renewal notice.


From the vendor:

Do I need to make changes to my discovery layer?

No, we have already notified them on your behalf.

Do I need to make changes to my link resolver?

As with discovery services, you will not need to do anything here.

We've received an important update from EBSCO about upcoming adjustments to their technical infrastructure.

From the vendor:

In an effort to provide the best possible response times for your EBSCO subscriptions and services, in July 2016 we are making adjustments to our technical infrastructure. To accomplish this, our services will be delivered from a much larger range of IP addresses and we will no longer be able to provide a list of the IP addresses used by our servers.

This change will only affect those customers who may currently be restricting system access to particular IP addresses – also known as “whitelisting”. For the majority of customers we do not expect this change to have any direct impact, but please consult with your technology department to determine the impact to your organization.

OCLS is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Guignard as Director of Services, effective May 24, 2016.

Jason Bird, Manager of Library Services at Sault College and Virginia Roy, Executive Director, Ontario Colleges Library Service try out the state of the art flight simulators that are part of Sault College’s highly regarded Aviation Technology-Flight program.

The Government of Canada is currently rethinking how best to support the cultural sector in embracing the new realities of digital content. The Ministry of Canadian Heritage recently published a questionnaire seeking input from all Canadians, to better understand the challenges and opportunities brought on by the shift towards digital creative content and inform the federal government’s future cultural policy toolkit.

Colleges Ontario has released its 2016 report on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Ontario colleges. Findings show that nearly 84% of Ontario’s college graduates find employment within six months of graduating. The report shows other KPIs such as employer satisfaction with graduates, graduate satisfaction with employment, and graduate satisfaction with education. Read on for more.

On April 28, 2016, Gale will be retiring the "My Account" feature in InfoTrac products and encouraging users to use Google Tools to save and share documents. After this date, new accounts may not be created; however, existing users will continue to have access to their saved documents until summer 2016 when the "My Account" feature is fully retired.