Omni, the New, Easy-to-Use Academic Search Tool

Post Date:
Oct 30, 2019

Queen’s University Library and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) are excited to announce the upcoming launch of Omni, an academic search tool that connects the Queen’s library with 13 other libraries at Ontario universities. Omni, which is part of a new library services platform, goes live on Dec. 12th, 2019.

An outcome of OCUL’s Collaborative Futures initiative, Omni is powered by the skills and expertise of team members from Queen’s and the 13 Ontario university libraries. Omni users will experience fast and easy access to a vast collection of diverse, high-quality academic research resources, enabling them to broaden the scope of their research projects and reach their research goals with ease and confidence.

“We are delighted to be part of this initiative, which will provide a better user experience for everyone and is part of our commitment to deeper collaboration with university libraries across the province,” says Michael Vandenburg, Interim Vice-Provost and University Librarian, and a member of OCUL’s Collaborative Futures Steering Committee. “Many people have worked very hard to make this collaboration possible, and I would like to thank, in particular, everyone at Queen’s Library for their time and dedication to this project."

Omni brings OCUL’s mission to life: advancing research, teaching, and learning by collaborating at scale. By sharing expertise at university libraries across Ontario, Omni partners will provide users with efficient access to information in every field of study, and ensure the ongoing sustainability of a comprehensive collection of shared resources. Regardless of location, field of study, institution size, language, or device, users will have seamless, consistent, and intuitive access to quality resources.

“I am thrilled that we are working together to enable research and learning across the province with extensive and consistent access to library materials,” says Joy Kirchner, OCUL Chair and Dean of Libraries at York University. “Omni will both support a robust scholarly community in Ontario, and help our library staff develop meaningful connections with colleagues.”

Omni will go live on Dec. 12, 2019; additional features will follow in 2020. Omni employs Ex Libris’s Alma library software system and Primo VE discovery system.

“OCUL has a long history of collaborating and sharing our resources,” says Pascal Calarco, Chair of the Collaborative Futures Steering Committee and University Librarian at the University of Windsor. “Omni brings that tradition forward into 2020, providing the students of today and tomorrow with the vast array of resources and intuitive online experience they’ve come to expect in their research.”

Along with Queen’s, the other participating university libraries include:

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario Tech University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University

Read more about the Collaborative Futures project at Queen’s.

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