OCUL Accessibility Initiatives

About this Guide

In response to the growing need of Ontario University libraries to develop consortial tools and solutions in support of inclusive learning, OCUL has proudly undertaken a series of reserach projects and established a new core service, demonstrating its dedication to developing new and innovative solutions in support of its partners.

This guide provides information about current accessibility initiatives at Scholars Portal, Ontario Council of University Libraries.

Accessibility Information Toolkit for Libraries

The Accessibility Information Toolkit for Libraries is offered to the OCUL community as a useful resource, explaining institutional obligations under the AODA legislation and providing examples of “best practices” in the context of Ontario university libraries.

Report on Accessible Media (ROAM)

ROAM, or the Report on Accessible Media, is a research study on accessible media delivery at Ontario universities. Commissioned by OCUL, the study aims to identify a range of service options available to Ontario’s university libraries to ensure fair and equitable access to video collections held at university libraries across the province.

Accessible Content ePortal (ACE)

The Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) supports users with print disabilities at participating Ontario universities by making university library collections accessible through an online platform.

ACE User Feedback

[P]ersonally I feel frustrated that a sighted student can borrow any item they wish from literally any library in the world, but I cannot get a digitized copy of a book from a school down the street.
Anonymous student, 2014

As someone who depends on the accessibility of these resources it means a great deal — a great deal — to know there are people working on the system who really care about our voices and want to make the system as accessible as possible. […] This project could have a determining impact on my — and other disabled students’ academic careers.
Anonymous user, 2013

Partner Feedback

This program has allowed our students to have access to resources that many students take for granted. We are able to provide them with a token and access to hundreds (soon to be thousands) of resources to do research and write papers. We wouldn’t have been able to provide our students with the variety and number of resources with our current staffing level.
Anonymous partner, 2013

I have to tell you how much I appreciate ACE and the digitization service! It’s now really easy to fulfil requests that we could hardly deal with 2 years ago.
OCUL member, October 2014

ACE Working Group and Partnerships

ACE service is designed to support all OCUL university libraries in Ontario. The following 18 universities actively participate in the continued development of ACE:

Brock University
Carleton University
Guelph, University of
Lakehead University
Laurentian University
Laurier University
McMaster University​
OCAD University
Ottawa, University of
Queen’s University
Ryerson University
Toronto, University of
Trent University
Waterloo, University of
Western University
Windsor, University of
York University




Starting in January 2015, the ACE service has also been extended to participating Ontario Colleges. For more information about this partnership, please refer to the OCLS website. The following 20 colleges are currently a part of the ACE project:

Algonquin College
Cambrian College
Centennial College
Conestoga College
Confederation College
Durham College
Fanshawe College
Fleming College
George Brown College
Georgian College
Humber College
Lambton College
Loyalist College
Niagara College
Northern College
Sault College
Seneca College
Sheridan College
St. Clair College
St. Lawrence College


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