News & Events

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

Webinar: Back to School with Scholars Portal

Wednesday, September 5th, 2PM  

Join staff from Scholars Portal in this one-hour webinar to learn what’s new and what’s upcoming with Scholars Portal services, including the new and improved Scholars Portal Books platform, the Permafrost digital preservation service, the public opinion poll collection on odesi, and new developments with Dataverse.  

08/22/2018 - 11:19

Accessible Content ePortal Reaches 15,000 Titles

This week, the Accessible Content ePortal (ACE) service passed a major milestone.

07/31/2018 - 11:07

Three collaborative projects receive 2017 OCUL Outstanding Contribution Award

July 19, 2018, Toronto, Ontario - The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 OCUL Outstanding Contribution Award.

07/19/2018 - 13:54

OCUL Collaborative Futures to move forward with Ex Libris Alma and Primo


Toronto, Ontario – July 12, 2018. The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is pleased to announce the selection of the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution, as the core platforms for its Collaborative Futures initiative. Thirteen of OCUL’s 21 member institutions are now participating in Collaborative Futures and, upon implementation, will use a consortial instance of Alma and Primo to meet the changing research needs of their students, faculty, and staff. The University of Windsor, an OCUL member already using these Ex Libris’ solutions, will also be joining the initiative.

07/12/2018 - 12:10

New Scholars Portal Books Platform Now Live

Scholars Portal is pleased to announce the full release of the Scholars Portal Books platform, now live at All users who accessed the legacy platform now have access to their complete holdings on the new site, including ACE collections and those available to users outside Ontario.

07/03/2018 - 16:41

New Collection: D-Day, Other Second World War Maps Available on GeoPortal

Scholars Portal and members of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) Geo Community are pleased to announce the release of a collection of Second World War military maps via Scholars GeoPortal, a shared geospatial data repository.

06/06/2018 - 11:20


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