OCLS manages the research projects identified as priorities by the Heads of Libraries and Learning Resources (HLLR).
Working with HLLR designated research panels OCLS helps define the scope and deliverables associated with the research projects, assists in the development of requests for proposal, develops and manages resultant contracts, and assists HLLR with the implementation of findings, as applicable.
OCLS provides the management and facilitation of Research projects at no additional cost to Ontario’s 24 publicly funded colleges.
RFQs issued to-date:
October 2016: RFQ to Explore Shared Library Systems (Phase 1) - RFQ#2016-002
November 2015: The Business of Library Consortia: Models, Structure & Decision-Making - RFQ#2015-005
November 2015: Online Learnings, OERs and the Changing Role of College Libraries - An Environmental Scan - RFQ#2015-004
October 2015: Skills Audit Research Project - RFQ#2015-003
September - October 2015: Consulting Services: Setup of the Colleges eBook Consortium - RFQ#2015-002
December 2014: Research and Recommendation for a Streamed Media Infrastructure for Ontario College Libraries and their Users - RFQ#2014-005
September 2014: Electronic Resources Management System (ERMS) - RFQ#2014-004
August 2014: RDA Workflows Project: A guide for Ontario College libraries for the maintenance of bibliographic records in the Colleges' Union Catalogue - RFQ#2014-003
March 2014: For Selection, Acquisitions, Cataloguing and Processing of Material for Ontario's Colleges - RFQ#2014-002(2)
June 2014: Envisioning the Future: Strategic Planning - RFQ#2014-002
January 2014: Research and Recommendation for a Licensing Display Application for Ontario College Libraries and their Users - RFQ#2014-001
December 2013: Strategic Planning - RFQ#2013-006
December 2013: Moving to AODA Compliance: Accessible Print Materials and Ontario College Libraries - RFQ#2013-005
December 2013: Video Captioning - RFQ#2013-004
June 2013: Ontario Colleges eBook Consortium Project Vendor and Platform Evaluation Phase – RFQ#2013-003
December 2012: The Video Streaming Environment: Meeting the Needs of Ontario College Libraries – RFQ#2012-003
July 2012: Strategies for Compliance with the Information and Communications Standard of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – RFQ#2012-002
January 2011: E-Book Study - RFQ#2011-002
December 2010: Shared Information Literacy Digital Repository Study - RFQ#2010-002
February 2010: Colleges Union Catalogue Study - RFQ#2010-001