This statement, written on behalf of the Canadian regional and national academic library consortia, and the individual libraries they represent, describes the unprecedented challenges and uncertainty facing Canadian post-secondary institutions. These challenges have resulted from unsustainable pricing and access restrictions and limitations, which have been augmented by the ongoing and highly unpredictable effects of COVID-19.

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TORONTO (Ontario), 24 September 2020  - The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is excited to announce that Algoma University and Laurentian University will join partner universities across the province to offer Omni, Ontario’s shared academic search tool to their scholarly communities. The service is set to launch at Algoma and Laurentian in December, 2020.  

Thursday, September 3rd, 1PM   
Join staff from Scholars Portal in this one-hour webinar to learn what’s new and what’s upcoming with Scholars Portal services. This webinar will focus on new developments over the past few months including:

Scholars Portal, the digital infrastructure arm of Ontario’s university libraries, supports Canadian researchers throughout the research lifecycle. As a service of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) hosted by the University of Toronto (UTL), Scholars Portal achieves this through collaboration and partnerships across Ontario and Canada. Two important components of this infrastructure, Scholars Portal Dataverse and the Ontario Library Research Cloud (OLRC), empower researchers to manage, store, and preserve research data in accordance with best practices. 

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The coordinated sharing of physical materials between universities across Ontario and Canada has been fundamental to the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) consortium since its inception in 1967. Interlibrary loan and other types of resource sharing have enabled our libraries to provide access to physical materials beyond our individual institutions, and support the important research, and learning goals of the academic community. 

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TORONTO, ON, May 25, 2020 - In these extraordinary times Ontario’s university libraries are working together to support our teaching, learning and research communities. Through the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) Ontario’s 21 universities have collaborated since 2002 to provide access to a rich set of digital collections through a robust and innovative digital infrastructure. This shared technological infrastructure, Scholars Portal and Omni, and our history of collaboration have made us flexible, resourceful and responsive in the face of uncertainty.

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