OCUL Scholars Portal Committee (OCUL-SP)

OCUL-SP advances OCUL’s strategic plan by overseeing the delivery of Scholars Portal services, working in collaboration with the Scholars Portal Operations Team (SPOT) and the University of Toronto as Service Provider:

  1. Oversee the ongoing assessment and continual development of current Scholars Portal services, including feedback from member libraries, direct user feedback, periodic studies and ongoing performance measures.
  2. Provide advice in the development phase of any service, or recommend to the OCUL Executive Committee the delegation of this responsibility to a task group reporting to OCUL-SP.
  3. Oversee the development of service implementation plans and monitor their progress.
  4. Generate ideas for new services for the consideration of the OCUL Planning and Assessment Committee.


One official member from each OCUL member institution, with no fixed term.

  • Anne Pottier (McMaster University) - Chair
  • Lisl Schoner-Saunders (Algoma University) 
  • Jennifer Thiessen (Brock University)
  • George Duimovich (Carleton University)
  • Amy Buckland (University of Guelph)
  • Valerie Gibbons (Lakehead University)
  • Alaine Lamothe (Laurentian University)
  • Ed Driedger (Nipissing University)
  • Ling He (OCAD University)
  • Gabor Feuer (University of Ontario Institute of Technology)
  • Liz Hayden (University of Ottawa)
  • Michael Vandenburg (Queen's University)
  • Lisa Béchard (Royal Military College of Canada)
  • MJ Suhonos (Ryerson University)
  • Sian Meikle (University of Toronto)
  • Dwayne Collins, (Trent University)
  • Alison Hitchens, (University of Waterloo)
  • Bobby Glushko (Western University)
  • Dillon Moore (Wilfrid Laurier University)
  • Karen Pillon (University of Windsor)
  • Andrea Kosavic (York University)

Ex officio

OCUL Chair - Wayne Jones (Carleton University)
OCUL Treasurer - Brent Roe (Laurentian University)
OCUL Executive Director - John Barnett
Scholars Portal Director - Alan Darnell (on leave)
Scholars Portal Assistant Director - Kate Davis

Scholars Portal staff attend OCUL-SP Committee meetings at the invitation of the OCUL-SP Chair.

Established 2013

Download the full Terms of Reference

In here you will find information about membership terms, the appointment process, subcommittees and task groups, reporting and decision making, communications, work plans and administrative and financial support for the committee.