OCLS

About CORe

College Union Catalogue Libraries Digital Repository (CUCLDR) gives College libraries a digital repository experience with the capacity to customize, create, maintain and share easily accessible digital objects.

CUCLDR was designed to more functional and flexible. The merging of descriptive elements with images is everything there is to be excited about in a digital repository and contributes towards building a distributed technology infrastructure with enhanced access, manipulation, storage, distribution, and integration of information and services throughout the Colleges.

Housed in Canada under the umbrella of OCLS on behalf of Ontario Colleges, the repository structure was built and delivered by Innovative Interfaces Inc. (http://www.iii.com/products/vital) using their VITAL repository software. Innovative acquired VTLS, a custom library automation solutions provider, and the creator of VITAL, in June 2014.

VITAL (VTLS Information Technology for Advanced Learning) software provides a simple, organized framework for managing archives and repositories that contain digital objects such as full-text documents, videos, and images and has a version that is adapted specifically for the needs of library consortia. The software consists of one primary interface, the web-based VITAL Access Portal. The Access Portal offers two modes, one for staff administration and one for public access. Based on open-source technologies and open-source standards, VITAL has been developed specifically for libraries, museums, and special collections where digital assets are created, collected, and disseminated. At VITAL’s core is Fedora™ (Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture), a digital object repository, which stores and disseminates digital library content and metadata. VTLS has built software and hardware tools around that core so that your institution can easily manage, catalog, index, search, retrieve, and administer that data.

In April 2015, 5 pilot College Libraries will go live on CUCLDR. Thanks to Sir Sanford Fleming, George Brown, Georgian, Loyalist and Seneca for participating on the pilot.

We have the application and access to state of the art technology, and 2015-2016 promises to be exciting as we continue to load digital objects and share experiences and best practices.