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Omni

Meet Omni — Launching December 12, 2019, a new search and

discovery tool!

 

             


We are excited to introduce Omni, the new academic search tool presented by the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). An outcome of OCUL’s Collaborative Futures initiative, Omni is powered by a collaborative system of team members and resources from Ontario Tech University and 13 other Ontario university libraries. Omni users experience fast and easy access to a vast collection of diverse, high-quality, academic material, empowering them to confidently develop new insights in their areas of study, and succeed in their research goals. Read the press release here

On December 12, Omni will replace the Quick Search Tool on the Ontario Tech Library website, with additional services to follow in 2020. 

What does this mean for you?

Extensive Access: Composed of materials and support from 14 Ontario university libraries, Omni allows you to search and explore a vast, shared collection of physical scholarly resources that includes books, journal articles, videos, music, and more. The ongoing collaboration and diverse expertise of the Omni community enables our collection of shared materials to grow with purpose every day. It’s your best place to look for quality, academic resources, first.

Academic Confidence: Because Omni is directly connected to Ontario university libraries, you can trust that the research material you’re accessing is high-quality, authoritative, and appropriate for use in your academic pursuits. Confidently develop your own conclusions and insights using valid materials, fully understand your areas of study, and succeed in your educational or research goals.

Intuitive Experience: Fast, intuitive, and seamless, the Omni platform gives you access to your library's resources so you can maximize your time. Whether you’re on campus, at home, on the go, or visiting a partner institution, your Omni experience remains consistent, easy to navigate, and responsive.

While we are making every effort to minimize service disruption and impact on our users during implementation, our user community can expect a few temporary changes to library services in the weeks leading up to the launch.

Why a new library system? 

The Ontario Council of University Libraries, of which we are a member, has a long history of collaboration and consortial partnership so it made sense to explore a new solution to a problem shared by many of the Collaborative Futures participants – aging infrastructure and systems. Our current library system is more than 20 years old; rather than seeking a replacement on our own, we are able to leverage the value of the collective by embarking on the renewal process together. Omni will make it easier to manage and work within our large and increasingly digital collection that includes more than 99,000 print books, 840,500 ebooks, 97,820 journals, 740 databases, 106,020 streaming media and more. 

Why a shared system? 

By implementing Omni together with our 13 partner institutions, we’ll have the common infrastructure needed to work together in new ways, share expertise, collaborate more efficiently in managing and preserving our collections, and offer broader access to resources for our communities.

Partner Institutions
  • Brock University 
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario Tech University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University

Questions? Email us at library.resources@ontariotechu.ca.

Additional updates to our website will be released in the coming weeks and months through the news section of our website and through communications to our campus.

Further information about the development and aims of the project can be found on the OCUL Collaborative Futures page.

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