The Council

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and is governed by the library directors of the institutional members and associate members of the COU. OCUL and all of its groups are guided by the key principles outlined in its Strategic Plan. OCUL is supported by the Executive Committee, which consists of five officers elected from amongst the OCUL Directors.

On occasion the Council establishes ad hoc working groups, taskforces and committees to fulfill specific tasks, projects or needs.

Standing Committees

Standing Committees ensure continual involvement by all member institutions in strategic planning and operations for OCUL initiatives.

OCUL Communities

The wider OCUL membership has the opportunity to be involved in OCUL activities through the OCUL Communities. These communities of interest:

  • Promote and encourage the advancement of OCUL services in OCUL member institutions,
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas pertaining to particular services and areas of expertise, projects and innovations across member institutions and beyond, and
  • Seek opportunities to improve individual and shared infrastructure for existing and emerging initiatives.

OCUL Office and Scholars Portal Operations Team

OCUL operations are supported by the Executive Director and OCUL office staff.
OCUL operates a suite of technological infrastructure services, known as Scholars Portal, that support its member institutions. The University of Toronto Libraries is the service provider and is responsible on behalf of OCUL for the Scholars Portal services. The Scholars Portal Operations Team (SPOT) is led by the Director, Scholars Portal Services. The Scholars Portal Operations and Development Committee (OCUL-SPOD) helps establish priorities, make recommendations, and identify opportunities related to Scholars Portal initiatives, activities, and services with input from the OCUL Scholars Portal (OCUL-SP) subcommittee.