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The Ontario Colleges Digital Library (OCDL) Learning Objects sub-committee is pleased to present the Ontario Colleges Digital Library YouTube Channel. It is a showcase of the current information literacy work going on at Ontario college libraries.

The channel has two main areas:

  • Subscriptions which link to all Ontario College Libraries that currently have a YouTube Channel
  • Playlists which house relevant videos from these colleges according to three themes:
    • Understanding Citation Styles
    • All about Academic Honesty
    • How to do Research
By Amy Weir, Health Sciences Liaison Librarian, Humber Libraries

Humber's LRC Library and Learning Commons opened in September 2015.

ProQuest has announced that the ebrary and EBL platforms will be upgraded to Ebook Central in the next six to nine months. Your URLs will be automatically redirected to the new platform at the time of your upgrade.

It is your responsibility to stay up to date on this transition. To ensure you receive updates, you can

From ProQuest:

Dear Ebook Customer,


Welcome to the collaborative, Lambton!

askON grows by one library with the addition of Lambton College Library, who launches their service today. Students can click to chat or TEXT (226) 909-2275 for assignment help.

On September 29, 2015 8:30 am, the brand new Doon Library at Conestoga opened their doors and released these photos of the new space on their twitter feed.

Rachel Caldwell, Manager Client Services & Operations at Conestoga Library describes the new space:

The Conestoga Library is excited to announce that Phase 1 of our newly renovated Library at Doon Campus is now open. In collaboration with MMMC Architects, we have created an inspiring, open, modern, and flexible learning environment. The update maximizes the effectiveness of our space and includes areas that are more conducive to group work, technology use, and quiet study. To get an overall picture of our new space, we have a video (no audio) highlighting what we have to offer.

The Ontario Colleges Digital Library (OCDL) launched September 8, 2015 in the OntarioLearn portal. The OCDL provides library services and support to the over 70,000 students who take online courses through OntarioLearn. Over time, and with the collective efforts of the publicly funded college libraries in Ontario, the OCDL will grow to provide access to a suite of eresources and learning objects that will support the needs of online learners.

by Zack Osborne

Access Conference returns to Ontario this year from September 8-11, and will be hosted in Toronto for the first time in its 19 consecutive years running. Known as "Canada's annual library technology conference", Access is a single-steam conference that "brings librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers together to discuss cutting-edge library technologies." The conference will take place in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, located on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library.


In October 2014 the colleges’ Digital Media Services (DMS) research panel commenced a project to provide a recommended solution for an Ontario college system-wide streamed media infrastructure. Recognizing that each college provides digital media to their users in a manner best supported by their institution—including subscription services (e.g. Films on Demand, NFB Campus, CBC Curio), titles hosted by distributors who offers a streaming platform (e.g. McNabb Connolly, McIntyre Media), titles hosted internally at the college, and/or titles hosted by a third party (e.g. OCLS’s VoD)—the DMS panel focused on identifying a viable option for third-party hosting.

Through an RFQ process to find consultants to undertake the applied research, and VideoTelephony were selected as the successful bidders. The project was divided into three phases:

As we continue to migrate content to our website and prepare for the eResources Portal to be shut down in the coming weeks, eResources news will no longer be updated on the eResources Portal. eResources news will now be posted exclusively on the OCLS website. Stay up to date with OCLS and eResources news by subscribing to our RSS feed. Simply go to our News page, scroll to the bottom, and click on the orange RSS subscription box or click here. Once there, select your feed reader from the drop down menu.

As of August 7, General Business File, which is included in the CPI.Q, Academic OneFile, and InfoTrac collection from Gale, will be replaced with Gale Business Collection. Other products being replaced by the Business Collection include: PROMT, European Business ASAP, Business Index ASAP, Business & Company ASAP, and Business International & Company Profiles.

What is Gale Business Collection?

From the vendor:

The nearly 4,000 leading business and trade publications of Business Collection are housed on the state-of-the-art InfoTrac platform, which is optimized for periodical research and features: