OCLS hosts and maintains the Colleges Union Catalogue (CUC), a publicly available, shared resource comprised of bibliographic records drawn from the colleges’ library systems.
Ontario’s college libraries have contributed to a union catalogue for several decades. The CUC, also known as the BibC, upholds a high standard of bibliographic record by ensuring that additions to the catalogue meet minimum requirements approved by the Bibliographic Standards Working Group. As a collective resource, the CUC also prevents the duplication of record creation and management efforts.
Collect, a new public interface for the CUC 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. Readily available and easily searchable digital collections are important as colleges increasingly adopt online or blended models of teaching and learning.
Technical support is available through Help Desk for any CUC-related problems, such as uploading or removing records.
OCLS manages the Colleges Union Catalogue with direction from the Colleges Union Catalogue and Libraries’ Digital Repository Steering Group.