News Archive

From all of us at OCLS, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and the best for 2016!

OCLS offices will be closed from December 25, 2015 to January 1, 2016 inclusive. We will reopen on Monday January 4, 2016. Systems will remain operational and will be monitored during the holidays.

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:

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.