Scholars Portal Days and Events

Last modified by Julia Gilmore on 2024-04-03, 11:18

Scholars Portal Days 2023: Refresh/Reframe/Renew

Library infrastructure is dynamic, and so are the collaborations that support it. Each moment of change represents an opportunity to reflect on what we do and how we do it, to learn from what’s come before and consider how we can improve going forward. We rethink the framing and structures that support our work, revitalize the user interfaces we rely on, and sunset software and service models to make room to sunrise something new. Nothing is set in stone. For Scholars Portal Days this year, we want to focus on the areas where we’re refreshing, reframing, or renewing our technologies, our service models, and our collaborations.

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Scholars Portal Days 2022: Currents of Change

The Scholars Portal Journals platform first launched as an OCUL service in 2002. In the intervening two decades, the landscapes of collections, scholarly publishing, library technology, and consortial collaboration have all evolved significantly. For this year’s Scholars Portal Days, we would like to explore the current environment, the currents of change that brought us to where we are today, and those that are pulling us ever forward.

How do our current realities stack up against the visions, or the fears, of the past? What new and unexpected challenges or triumphs have arisen in our present? How can we prepare ourselves for the future when the pace of change is too rapid for us to predict what the landscape will look like in another twenty years?

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Scholars Portal Day 2021: Unearthed Infrastructure

Social, physical, and technological changes over the past year have forced us to uproot our familiar ways of working and reconfigure them in ways we never before expected. This excavation work has exposed both hidden faults and buried strengths. Now that these hidden legacies have been unearthed, now that we’ve taken everything apart and put the pieces together in new ways, how can we ensure that we lay solid groundwork going forward? 

Technology migrations, remote work and service provision, and rising social movements have all helped shine a light on areas that have been unseen, hidden, or otherwise invisible. For Scholars Portal Day this year, we want to reflect on the ways these disruptions have opened up new perspectives that can be used to strengthen our services and infrastructure as we move into an uncertain future. 

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Scholars Portal Roadshow 2020

In 2020, we hit the road (first physically, then virtually) to talk about Scholars Portal services in the new Omni world.

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Scholars Portal Day 2018: Investing in Inclusiveness

Diversity, accessibility, and equity are more than buzzwords: as public institutions, they should be the cornerstones of all that we do. This year, the theme for Scholars Portal Day is Investing in Inclusiveness. Join the conversation about how we can sustainably design and build our services, collections, and spaces, both digital and in-person, with inclusion at the core.

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Scholars Portal Day 2017: Transforming Libraries

This year, the Ontario Council of University Libraries celebrated its 50th anniversary, and at Scholars Portal Day we want to reflect on the past and turn toward the future. Our theme is transformation: transforming library collections, services, spaces, and more in order to serve the changing needs of diverse user groups in a time of technological innovation.

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Scholars Portal Roadshow 2016

This year, we're putting Scholars Portal Day on hold, packing the tour bus and bringing the conversation to you! 

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Scholars Portal Day 2015: Investigating Research Data Management and Scholarly Communication

This year Scholars Portal Day centered around a discussion of two evolving areas of library support - research data management and scholarly communication - and the roles that libraries and consortia can play there.

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Scholars Portal Day 2014: Building Our Communities

This year, Scholars Portal Day is all about community! How do we build library communities that are accessible, inclusive, and sustainable? How can we best reach out to, support, and enhance our research and learning communities? In what ways have we already prepared, and what are the opportunities that lie ahead? This year, we want to focus on the best ways to share strategies, workloads, and resources.

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Scholars Portal Day 2013: The Research Enterprise

Libraries have always been at the heart of the research process, but new ways of searching, writing, and publishing are significantly altering this relationship. What will the research enterprise look like in five, ten, or twenty years? How can we plan for the unknown, and be agile when it appears? Find out what OCUL, Scholars Portal, and your colleagues are working on to build the research enterprise of the future.  From citation and data management to URMs, from new modes of information literacy to in-house publishing ventures, there's a lot to discuss.

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Scholars Portal Day 2012: Access

Scholars Portal Day 2012 is about Access. Following a keynote address from CARL Research Associate and Open Access consultant Kathleen Shearer, the morning will focus on the innovative ways OCUL libraries are facilitating access to resources and services. 

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Scholars Portal Day 2011: Discovery

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Scholars Portal Day 2010: Evaluation & Assessment

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Scholars Portal Day 2009: Weaving Scholars Portal into the Teaching and Learning Tapestry

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Scholars Portal Day 2008: Inter-faces

This year's theme is Inter-faces, the space in between our collections and those who use them. Interfaces are a hot topic in library circles right now, but what do we really mean when we talk about interfaces? Who is laying claim to these spaces? How are we architecting the spaces forming these connections? Come join us as we engage in discussion on a broad range of topics such as designing learning spaces, updates on what is happening with interfaces at Scholars Portal and individual OCUL sites, Scholars Portal usability studies, and broad trends in web services.

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Scholars Portal Day 2007: Scholars Portal @ Five

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