OCLS hosts and maintains the Colleges Union Catalogue (CUC), a publicly available, shared resource comprised of bibliographic records drawn from the colleges’ libraries. Ontario’s college libraries have maintained a union catalogue for several decades. The CUC upholds a high standard of bibliographic record by ensuring that additions to the catalogue meet minimum requirements; as a collective resource the CUC also prevents a duplication of record creation and management efforts. The catalogue, also known as BibC, is updated regularly by drawing on new and modified records from the bibliographic databases of contributing colleges. Technical support is available through Help Desk for any CUC-related problems such as uploading or removing records. The management and maintenance of the Colleges Union Catalogue is a core OCLS service, and the Colleges Union Catalogue and Libraries’ Digital Repository Steering Group directs this work. In addition to maintaining the quality and integrity of the CUC, the steering group oversees the development of Collect, a digital repository that allows the legacy union catalogue to evolve as library collections increasingly include digital resources.
Collect: College Libraries Central—A Digital Repository
Collect, a digital repository capable of housing shared online resources such as ebooks and streaming videos, is the evolution of the CUC. This next-generation repository enables users to search the collections of all 24 college libraries from one location, and in addition to linking to catalogue records, collections of ebooks and videos can be accessed directly through the Collect website. Readily available and easily searchable digital collections are important as colleges increasingly adopt online or blended models of teaching and learning. Collect now contains the following shared digital resources:
MARC records, title lists, and other cataloguing resources are available by following the links above.