OCUL Outstanding Contribution Awards
The uOttawa Library is proud to have contributed to two of the three projects to receive OCUL Outstanding Contribution Awards this year. Announced on July 19th, the Outstanding Contribution Awards recognize individuals or teams within the OCUL consortium who’ve made outstanding contributions in line with OCUL’s strategic priorities: collaborate to provide a world-class learning experience for Ontario’s students, expand shared digital research infrastructure, and provide and preserve academic resources essential for teaching, learning and research.
OCUL Geo Community Historical Topographical Map Digitization Team
Sarah Simpkin, Interim Head, Research Support (Arts & Special Collections), and her teammates demonstrated significant innovation in their commitment to digitize, geo-reference, and make publicly available an important collection of historical topographic map sheets of Ontario. Thanks to their hard work and contributions, over 1,000 maps had been added to OCUL institutions’ collective digital holdings when the project concluded in 2017.
The Library’s Collections and Information Resources team showed great innovation while working on the Keep@Downsview project, a shared high-density storage facility that focuses on the long-term preservation of library legacy collections. As a partnership between uOttawa and McMaster University, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, and Western University, OCUL recognized that Keep@Downview is an excellent example of how collaboration can help ensure the preservation of the scholarly record for future generations.