Collaborative Futures Library Services Platform

Queen’s University Library is partnering with 12 other members of Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) to implement a shared library services platform (LSP).

Building upon 50 years of successful cooperative work among OCUL member libraries, this collaboration includes the selection, procurement, and implementation of a shared LSP allowing our libraries to improve our support for faculty and students; modernize internal workflows with greater streamlining and reduced duplication of effort; share expertise; reduce or redirect costs; and meet our stewardship responsibilities for the province’s valuable print and electronic research collections.

What Does This Mean for You? 

For students, faculty and staff at Queen’s, this means the replacement of our Summon and QCAT tools for discovering and accessing information resources with a single tool for searching across Queen’s and other OCUL partner library collections, facilitating increasingly streamlined access to consortium-wide resources. 

On December 10, 2019 we will go live and the interface will change. 

For faculty and instructors, please note that "permanent" links or URLs created using QCAT and Summon in your instructional materials and course management systems such as OnQ will no longer work. In advance of the change we recommend that you use our eReserves service to help you prepare. Please see Course Reserves for Faculty and Instructors. You may also wish to use other types of permanent links such as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI); please see our Create Permanent Links to Online Articles page for more information.

Project Updates

We have been busy with an initial preparation phase (Onboarding), and as of March 6, 2019 we launch into the formal implementation phase of the project with our consortium partners. At this point, we are working on policy to address how we will work together to accomplish the priority collaboration goals, whether upon go-live or longer term, in order to reap the benefits of collaboration in those areas where it makes most sense to collaborate, while facilitating local differences where necessary. We are also learning about the new system functionality and workflows as we plan for rollout within a defined schedule led by our supplier and our CF implementation team. 

Project Timeline

  • Phase 1: Feasibility Study (November 2014 – July 2015)
  • Phase 2: Developing System Requirements and Pre-Procurement (August 2015 – Fall 2016)
  • Phase 3: Procurement and Implementation at Libraries (Winter 2017 – Ongoing)
  • Onboarding and implementation (Fall 2018 - Fall 2019)
  • Go-live date: December 10, 2019

OCUL Participants

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Nipissing University
  • UOIT
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University

More Information

For more information, please contact your Subject Librarian. Further information about this project can be found on the OCUL website. You may also contact Sandra Morden, project manager of the Collaborative Futures Shared Library Services Platform (LSP) Project at Queen’s University Library for more information.

We look forward to this transformative opportunity to make improvements in service and workflow at the library, and will continue to provide updates as we move forward.

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