Important Changes at the Library this Fall
Since most of our buildings are closed, some in-person Library services or resources described on this page are currently unavailable. For more details on how the Library can help this semester, check out our services updates or feel free to email us, chat with us, or reach out to a librarian or specialist in your discipline.


Collaborative Futures

New cloud-based library services platform

The uOttawa Library and their partners in the Ontario Council of University Libraries share a vision of a distributed and collaborative approach to managing library resources. Through deeper collaboration, our libraries will be in a stronger position to face the challenges presented by rapid developments in information technology, the transformation of scholarly communication, and finite resources.

Key to accomplishing that vision is the implementation of a shared library services platform and we are pleased to announce that Ex Libris was selected for that initiative. Once implemented, Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo platforms will allow us to modernize and streamline internal workflows, share expertise, and strengthen our data-driven approach to interuniversity resource sharing and collection management.

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Ad Hoc University Committee on Sustainable Library Collections

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The Ad Hoc University Committee on Sustainable Library Collections (the Committee) was launched in March 2019 by the Provost to address concerns about the sustainability of library collections at the University of Ottawa arising from two factors: the rapid evolution of the scholarly environment and continuing significant increases in collections costs.

The Committee examined the situation in scholarly publishing, the impact of the decreasing affordability of journal subscription pricing (the big deals), and the potential impact of library collection cuts on research and learning at the University, and made recommendations to ensure the best possible support for our researchers and students in their research and learning activities.  Through its recommendations, the Committee proposed a strategy to support the library to be able to meet students’ and professors’ needs for the years to come in a context of rapidly changing knowledge dissemination practices, emerging scholarly publishing infrastructure, and longer-term sustainable access to the scholarly record.

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