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Learning Portal 

Chairs: Anabella Arcaya & Tanis Fink

The Learning Portal provides 24/7 virtual equitable access to a wide variety of open learning resources, tools, and learning supports, available in both English and French, and accessible to all Ontario college students and faculty. The Portal was created using content donated by several colleges and learning centres.

The Learning Portal supports the CLO strategic vision by: 

  • Strengthening the collaborative development of equitable access to information resources, services, and expertise;
  • Championing best practices and leading a collaborative shift that advances and implements meaningful inclusion of our academic communities;.

Goals for 2021-2022:

  1. Conduct user assessment/stakeholder analysis;
  2. Support Indigenous Education in partnership with IPEC with the development of Indigenous content for faculty & students;

  3. Establish a working partnership with Contact North to facilitate access to TLP learning support content and services for our students in rural and remote communities;

  4. Design, develop and update content on the Learning Portal (writing hub, EDI content, academic integrity, IL modules for nursing, preparation courses for math, sciences and communications);

  5. Leverage OER development through a centralized coordination of OER support in partnership with the university libraries;

  6. Adapting current content into modular, “plug and play” tutorial content and developing a series of shareable open resources;

  7. Support 21st Century Skills/Future Skills Microcredentials on the TLP;

  8. Develop and deliver marketing and communication strategies and continue education and awareness events;

  9. Build Funding Request in partnership with CCVPS for the sustainability of the Learning Portal.

Project Charter (archived)

Terms of Reference (in development)

News & Communications

LP Metrics Dashboard

OERs

Chair: Gordana Vitez

The aim of the OER committee is to:

  • provide continued support and training on OERs for Ontario college library staff;
  • continue to support faculty in understanding OERs and how they may adopt and adapt open resources for use in their courses; 
  • enable the Ontario college libraries to continue their leadership role in the emerging area of OERs and library support for these materials;

  • solidify our commitment to OERs by developing a CLO policy.

The OER committee supports the CLO strategic vision by: 

  • Strengthening the collaborative development of equitable access to information resources, services, and expertise.
  • Championing best practices and lead a collaborative shift that advances and implements meaningful inclusion of our academic communities

Goals for 2021-2022:

  1. Continue community building and education;
  2. Collect, share and support;
  3. Faculty Toolkit review; including faculty education program plan;
  4. Build on best practices.

 Project Charter

OER Workflows and Training Templates

OER Policy for CLO Initiatives 

OER at Ontario Colleges website

Indigenous Matters 

Chairs: Jane Burpee & Lisa Jack

The committee will provide support in the development of policies, services, collections, and programming which advance an Indigenous worldview and knowledges throughout Ontario college libraries. The committee encourages professional development and accountability to ensure we meet you obligations under the Truth and Reconciliation Committee Calls to Action. 

The Indigenous Matters committee supports the CLO strategic vision by:

  • Championing best practices and lead a collaborative shift that advances and implements meaningful inclusion of our academic communities;
  • Strengthening the collaborative development of equitable access to information resources, services, and expertise.

Goals for 2021-2022:

  1. Continue consultations with our Indigenous colleagues on the appropriate avenues for decolonizing subject headings in the library catalogue;
  2. Finalize Terms of Reference;

  3. Develop Report Card for college libraries to utilize in their reconciliation efforts;

  4. Create PD plan for committee members;

  5. Continue to support the decolonizing library catalogues efforts.

Terms of Reference (in development)

Report Card (in development) 

 

Metrics & Assessment 

Chair: Catherine Davidson 

Phase II of the Assessment and Metrics project will result in a recommended framework and strategy for quality assessment and metrics to demonstrate the value of  CLO libraries’ services and resources to Ontario colleges’  academic stakeholders.  The collection, compilation, and communication of college library metrics will be streamlined and enhanced, as will the ability to benchmark key performance indicators.

This project will result in a list of recommended key data points that will inform CLO statistics collection going forward

The Metrics & Assessment committee supports the CLO strategic vision by:

  • Demonstrating value to key stakeholders by developing a provincial framework for quality and assessment metrics; collect and publish data that highlights activities and supports goals.

Goals for 2021-2022:

  1. Support creation of repository of CLO data on OCLS web space;
  2. Collect & Report on 2020-2021 CLO data;
  3. Select data dashboard (data visualization) platform;

  4. Investigate running LibQUAL for libraries;

  5. Examine open data and data dictionaries, including RDM support and education.

Annual CLO statistics are found in 'Reports and Statements'

Project Charter (phase I)

Project Charter (phase II)

MOU with OCLS (signed)

Reports:
Dec. 2019
April 2020
June 2020
Sept. 2020
June 2021

Collaborative Library Services Platform (CLSP) 

Chairs of Implementation (current): Jessica Bugorski & David Luinstra

Chairs of Selection (2020-2021): Marnie Seal & Cynthia Mckeich 

The CLSP Committee will lead the investigation into the purchase of a shared Library Services Platform for the college libraries that have expressed interest. The committee was established as a result of the work of the ACCESS project, and a recommendation from the SIRSI Consortium Steering Group.

LSPs are the main piece of enterprise software that students and faculty interact with to access and use library resources, tools, and services. They are also libraries’ main operating systems managing library procurement processes, collections, material loans, equipment booking, budgets and key usage data. Implementing a provincially scaled LSP will accelerate the digital transformation of college libraries helping them to meet the changing needs of students and faculty in the new digital learning landscape.

The CLSP committee supports the CLO strategic vision by:

  • Strengthening the collaborative development of equitable access to information resources, services, and expertise.
  • Maximizing the impact of consortial purchasing by leveraging partnerships and expertise and reducing redundancies;
    the building of shared resources and services

Goals for 2021-2022:

  1. Oversee the migration of 18 participating libraries from their existing Integrated Library Systems (ILS) to a new shared Library Services Platform (LSP);
  2. Support all participating college libraries in all aspects of implementation planning and execution; 
  3. Ensure that all college libraries equitably benefit from the opportunity of moving to next-generation library technology.

Project Charter (phase I)

CLSP Business Case (Feb. 2020)

CLSP Briefing Note (Jan. 2021)

CLSP Selection Final Report (May 2021)

 

Implementation Update:
Dec. 2021