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 their libraries and works closely with college library representatives to support the delivery of library services for students, faculty, and staff. Below you can find a list of the current services we offer.
Providing colleges with access to ACE, the Accessible Content E-Portal, a service that connects students with a growing repository of accessible format texts.
Coordinating a real-time virtual reference service via chat and text message. Participating college libraries contribute staff to askON’s collaborative schedule.
Offering contract management and support for colleges that wish to obtain a Borealis research data repository.
Assisting college library users in determining permitted uses for electronic resources accessed through their library.
Managing procurement agreements with key library service providers in the areas of print and eBook materials selection and acquisition (GOBI, ProQuest, Rialto contracts).
Negotiating, managing, and supporting the acquisition and licensing of electronic resources, and related platforms such as ConsortiaManager.
Empowering college library staff to evaluate the accessibility of library eResources through a self-audit tool and access to a growing repository of accessibility assessment reports to inform acquisition decisions, support library users, and advocate for accessible eResources.
Providing sustained financial support for maintenance and staffing for the Learning Portal platform to provide shared access to open learning resources, including the Maamwi hub, from all Ontario colleges.
Supporting consortial project initiatives and contract management for the shared Alma/Primo library management platform to expand college library capabilities and improve access for students.
Offering consulting and custom services to assist college libraries with projects that are outside of OCLS’s usual scope of work.
Enabling authentication of off-campus users for secure access to the library’s online resources via centralized EZproxy management and technical support.