In 2018, the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) celebrates 50 years of merging information with technology as a means of broadening Ontario’s access to rich collections of knowledge and research. Leveraging the expertise and experience of its members is the founding principle upon which OCUL’s initiatives are based and, in its most ambitious project to date, Collaborative Futures will bring together 14 Ontario university libraries into a single shared library system. The vision is to provide users with seamless access to a diverse Ontario-wide library collection, hosted and managed from a single shared Library Service Platform (LSP), building a foundation for an increasingly shared and collaborative approach to user services and print and electronic/digital resource management.
The Collaborative Futures Project is a 5 year, multi-phase enterprise, currently in the implementation stage of an LSP that will realize the vision of a province-wide platform for Ontario universities. Attendees will learn about the genesis of the project, the challenges involved in developing a strategy, and
the processes currently being employed to realize the plan. This ground-breaking project promises to revolutionize the way Ontario university libraries operate and is a true example of a radical collaboration that is both by
the people and for the people!