Services

The Ontario College Library Service (OCLS) delivers efficient, reliable services to the province’s 24 publicly funded colleges and their libraries and learning resource centres. OCLS leverages the collective purchasing power of the colleges to achieve cost efficiencies for the college libraries and works closely with representatives from the college libraries to support the delivery of library services for students, faculty, and staff.

Services provided by ocls

ACE (Accessible Content E-portal)

Providing colleges with access to ACE, the Accessible Content E-Portal, a growing repository of accessible format texts.

askON Virtual Reference

Managing a real-time chat & SMS research and information service for participating colleges.

CLEAR Local

Assisting college library users in determining what they can and cannot do with their licensed eresources.

Colleges Union Catalogue & Collect

The development and maintenance of a publicly accessible, shared catalogue of the college libraries’ collections as well as a digital repository.

Contract Management

Providing Contract Management for procurement agreements with key library service providers in the areas of materials selection, acquisition, and cataloguing.

CORe (Colleges’ Objects Repository)

Hosting a repository platform for participating colleges to upload, describe, preserve, and make available the digital objects of their library and institution.

eResources Management

Negotiating, licensing, and managing electronic resources such as databases and other digital content, both as a consortial body and on behalf of individual college libraries.

Federated Search

Assisting with the procurement and licensing of discovery layers, link resolvers, and other such tools which facilitate access to library resources.

Professional Services

Providing custom services to assist college libraries with projects that are outside of OCLS’s usual scope of work.

Remote Access (RA)

Enabling authenticated off-campus users to securely access the online resources of colleges participating in this service.

Research

Facilitating forward-thinking research projects on topics of interest to the college libraries.

SirsiDynix Consortium

Supporting and managing the centrally hosted SirsiDynix Integrated Library System (ILS) for colleges who are members of the consortium.