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OCUL Accessibility Community Virtual Huddle: Inclusive Spaces & Technology Labs in Libraries

Wednesday, July 24, @ 11am PDT / 2pm EDT

The OCUL Accessibility Community invites you to join our next Virtual Huddle, on the topic of Inclusive Spaces & Technology Labs in Libraries.

07/16/2019 - 12:01

Scholars Portal Launches Dataverse Blog

In fall 2018, OCUL’s Scholars Portal service and the University of Toronto Libraries received funding from the CANARIE RDM grant program for the development project “Dataverse for the Canadian Research Community.” The aim of the pr

07/09/2019 - 11:07

2019 Scholars Portal Annual Report Now Available

Scholars Portal’s 2019 Report to the OCUL Directors is now available.

06/05/2019 - 10:17

New Feature on Scholars Portal Journals: Linked Book Reviews

We are excited to announce a new feature linking Scholars Portal’s Journals and Books platforms. Over 17,000 book review articles on the Scholars Portal Journals platform now link directly to the title being reviewed on Scholars Portal Books. 

05/09/2019 - 10:14

Employment Opportunity: Virtual Reference Operator (Part-Time, Remote)

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is seeking library or information studies students (MLIS/MI) and recent graduates interested in providing academic reference assistance through our virtual reference service, Ask a Librarian / Clavardez avec nos bibliothécaires.

04/30/2019 - 10:19

Agreement Between BCI and the University of Toronto to Extend OCUL’S Research Data Repository Service to Quebec Researchers

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Montreal and Toronto, 23 April 2019  BCI and the University of Toronto are proud to announce the signing of an agreement allowing researchers from Quebec universities to deposit the datasets generated by their research to OCUL’s Scholars Portal Dataverse platform.


04/23/2019 - 11:55

OCUL/COPPUL Digital Preservation Management Workshop in Toronto, 2019 - Call for Expressions of Interest

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) intends to host a Toronto edition of the popular Digital Preservation Management Workshop series from November 12-15, 2019 at Ryerson University. We are seeking expressions of interest from OCUL and COPPUL members to ensure we can make the workshop feasible. Please communicate your interest in attending this workshop by Friday, May 17 by filling out this short form.

04/17/2019 - 11:12

OCUL Accessibility Community Virtual Huddle: WCAG 2.0 and web accessibility standards refresh

Thursday, April 4, 11am-12pm

The OCUL Accessibility Community invites you to join their first Virtual Huddle.  

This Virtual Huddle is the first of a series of informal meetings designed to facilitate information sharing and support a robust community of practice around accessibility issues. This event is an opportunity to join a video call to share information, ask questions or just be privy to an informal discussion on one focus issue related to accessibility.

03/27/2019 - 15:52

Dataverse-Archivematica Integration Now Available for Testing

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and Scholars Portal are pleased to announce that the first version of the Dataverse-Archivematica integration for long-term dataset preservation is now available for community testing and feedback.

03/05/2019 - 11:39

Webinar: Licensing Demystified

Friday, March 1st, 11AM

Curious about how electronic collections are built and managed? In this one-hour webinar, members of the OCUL Information Resources Committee take you behind the mysterious curtain and into the world of content licensing. You will learn what a license is, why we have to license, how we do it, the impact licensing has on library collections and their use, and current challenges. If you’ve ever wondered about how this major activity is carried out, and what are the key elements, dynamics, and challenges, this presentation is for you!

02/14/2019 - 16:12

Dataverse en français, s'il vous plaît! Scholars Portal launches bilingual Dataverse repository platform

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Scholars Portal is pleased to announce the upgrade of our research data repository, Dataverse, to software version 4.10.1, which enhances support for French language users and provides new features and bug fixes.

01/29/2019 - 10:34

Happy Holidays! OCUL & SP Office Closures

Happy holidays from your colleagues at OCUL and Scholars Portal!

12/20/2018 - 12:22

Ontario University Libraries openly release over seven decades of historical public opinion polls and guide

In advancement of library open access and collaborative stewardship of digital data in Canada, Ontario university libraries are pleased to announce the release of over seven decades of important public opinion data to the broader academic community and the public.

10/22/2018 - 11:54

Leslie Weir honoured with OCUL Lifetime Achievement Award

Toronto, October 17, 2018 –  The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is pleased to recognize the leadership and exemplary career achievements of Leslie Weir through the OCUL Lifetime Achievement Award.

10/17/2018 - 14:01

Scholars Portal Day 2018: Investing in Inclusiveness - Registration now open

Friday, December 7th, 2018
Snell Hall – St. James Cathedral Centre
65 Church Street, Toronto

Diversity, accessibility, and equity are more than buzzwords: as public institutions, they should be the cornerstones of all that we do. This year, the theme for Scholars Portal Day is Investing in Inclusiveness. Join the conversation about how we can sustainably design and build our services, collections, and spaces, both digital and in-person, with inclusion at the core.

For more information as it becomes available visit:

10/16/2018 - 13:02


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