Partnerships & External Relations

OCUL seeks to be a leader in the development of partnerships to expand Canada’s digital research infrastructure and stimulate global collaboration.




Canadian Government Information (CGI) Private LOCKSS Network

OCUL is a participant in the global LOCKSS community as a member of CGI-PLN. The LOCKSS Program is "an open-source, library-led digital preservation system built on the principle that “lots of copies keep stuff safe.”" CGI-PLN is a Private LOCKSS Network established as a collaborative effort to preserve digital collections of Canadian government information through the LOCKSS Program. OCUL's Scholars Portal is maintaining one of the LOCKSS nodes in this network.

Canadian Polar Data Network (CPDN)

As a member of CPDN, OCUL's contribution, through Scholars Portal, focuses on the development of a number of digital preservation environments connected through the CANARIE high-speed research network, providing redundant preservation-quality storage for collected polar research data.
More about CPDN

Internet Archive

OCUL is a contributor to the Internet Archive

The Keepers Registry

OCUL's Scholars Portal is an Archiving Agency for the Keepers Registry, an international service that provides information about electronic journal archiving arrangements.

Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Major Development Partnership

OCUL contributes to software development, testing, support, and hosting of the Public Knowledge Project open source software suite through this partnership.




OCUL is a member of the following organizations:

Consortia Canada (ConCan)
COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources)
International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC)
OCLC: Worldwide, member-owned library cooperative

Librarians and library staff in OCUL institutions also hold memberships and actively participate in many national and international organizations.

American Library Association (ALA)
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
Canadian Library Association (CLA)
Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN)
Centre for Research Libraries (CRL)
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Ontario Library Association (OLA)
Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA)
Wiley North American Customer Advisory Board