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DECEMBER 2012 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A QUARTERLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
The OCUL project will provide an opportunity to explore the potential for success of this
kind of service. If successful, more funds would be sought to expand and improve the new
collaborative service. Ultimately, the program would be fully sustained by OCUL libraries that
participate in the program.
In this first phase, taking full advantage of the Scholars Portal digital library infrastructure, at
least four libraries will contribute alternative format materials to a repository that has the ability
to authenticate disabled students that have self-identified and registered at each institution.
These students may then search for and access materials from the repository. If something is
not available, they may submit a request. Either the home institution will digitize the materials
in-house or take advantage of the Internet Archive operation at the University of Toronto to
The goal is to reduce duplication of resources by retaining scanned copies for reuse in a digitally
secure repository that allows self-service through a robust authentication system. The repository
will contain alternative copies of materials held at OCUL libraries. The target is to have 1,000 items
available by the end of the year-long pilot.