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.

We are very excited by the promise of this partnership and how it will further the Library’s mission and goals of supporting research, providing access to world-class resources, and enriching the learning experience at uOttawa.

Who are the Ontario council of University Libraries?

Collaborative Futures is an Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) initiative. OCUL, of which uOttawa is a member, is a consortium of Ontario’s 21 university libraries who are committed to working together to maximize their collective expertise and resources. They enhance information services in Ontario and beyond through collective purchasing and shared digital information infrastructure, collaborative planning, advocacy, assessment, research, partnerships, and communications.

Which universities are participating?

Thirteen of OCUL’s 21 member institutions are now participating in the Collaborative Futures initiative and we anticipate that even more will join the project in the future. The current participants are the University of Ottawa, Brock University, Carleton University, Lakehead University, Nipissing University, Queen’s University, Trent University, the University of Guelph, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the University of Waterloo, Western Ontario University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and York University. The new shared library services platforms will allow the 340,000 students, faculty, and staff of the participating 13 universities to access over 18 million bibliographic records currently available in their shared collections.

What are the goals of the Collaborative Futures initiative?

  1. Implement shared next generation library services platforms.
  2. Collaborate to manage and preserve print resources in a sustainable system.
  3. Collaborate to effectively use shared systems to manage electronic & print resources.

What are the new shared library services platforms?

We have selected Ex Libris, specifically their Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution, as the core platforms for our initiative:

  • On the front end, the Primo® discovery and delivery solution will enable us to optimize services, enhance the user experience, and maximize discoverability, resource sharing, and collaboration.
  • On the back end, as a unified resource management solution, the Alma® library services platform will help us eliminate silos, redundant processes, and the duplication of data.

When will the new platforms be deployed?

While an exact implementation date is still being established amongst participating OCUL members, our own local preparations are already underway at the Library in anticipation of the formal launch of this initiative. We will provide an update as the new platforms near implementation.

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