Research Projects

On-going HLLR Research Projects




AODA Research Project

The AODA research committee is conducting research to assist the HLLR membership in meeting the accessibility standards for print-based resources by January 1, 2015 and for digital/multimedia resources by January 1, 2020 as set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  The research will provide clarification on how Ontario college libraries may proceed to implement, and provide leadership in, AODA compliance with specific reference to the Information and Communications Standard legislation.

Corinne Abba
Authority Control Project

Under the direction of the Colleges Union Catalogue Steering Group and the Bibliographic Standards Working Group (BSWG) OCLS initiated a project to refresh the authority control records in the Colleges Union Catalogue.  Any college library interested in updating their own authority control records was given the opportunity to participate and benefit from favourable rates based on the total volume of records.   Proposals from prospective vendors were reviewed in the fall of 2012 and Marcive was selected by the members of the Bibliographic Standards Working Group.

Katherine Wallis / Jennifer Varcoe
Ontario College Libraries
eBook Consortium Analysis Project

The Heads of Libraries and Learning Resources (HLLR) and the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) are pleased to announce that work will begin to support the collaborative procurement and management of ebooks in Ontario's college libraries.

With funding from the Government of Ontario through the OntarioBuys program, HLLR and OCLS will embark on a project to analyze the opportunities and challenges associated with establishing an Ontario college library ebook consortium. The project will assess best practices for collective ebook procurement, licensing and access, identify the IT infrastructure necessary for effective, college-wide use of ebooks and reveal important information about the impact of ebooks on college library budgets, operations and services. Supported by HLLR, all 24 College Presidents, the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and Colleges Ontario the project presents a significant opportunity for the college libraries to take a leadership role in identifying the cost-savings and efficiencies possible through collaborative purchasing and management of ebooks while exploring how best to offer equal, universal access to the students and faculty of all 24 colleges regardless of demographics or location.

Joan Sweeney Marsh

Last updated : March 6, 2013

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