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Library Space and Design Plan

We are embarking on an exciting project to reimagine uOttawa Library spaces for the future.  When completed, the Library Space and Design Plan will serve as a roadmap for the transformation of our spaces and facilities.  

Later this fall, the Library, together with Campus Facilities and our architectural consultants will initiate a broad stakeholder consultation to determine the needs of our community.  Our lens is future-oriented, and learner, teacher and researcher centred. 

Large and small, uOttawa’s libraries are some of the most used places on campus and include: 

  • Morisset Library (MRT includes the Library’s Archives and Special Collections and Content and Access services on the concourse level)
  • Brian Dickson Law Library (FTX)
  • Health Sciences Library (RGN)
  • Learning Crossroads (at CRX. the library manages spaces on floors 2 and 5)
  • Social Sciences Library (FSS 2010)
  • Management Library (DMS 2141)

To stay current and meet the changing needs of our campus community, many of these spaces need to be revitalized and reimagined.  A cohesive Library Space and Design Plan will help us map out the future of our libraries on campus and the steps we need to take to arrive there.  

Collection Lifecycle Management (CLM) at Morisset Library

The library’s collections have a key role in the uOttawa Library mission: “The uOttawa Library advances cutting edge research and supports transformative learning by connecting the uOttawa community to expertise, services, collections and technology in a welcoming and supportive environment” (Strategic Plan).

The active management of the Morisset Library print collection is the focus of the Collection Lifecycle Management (CLM) project. Some areas of the library stacks are under acute pressure due to long-deferred collection maintenance; navigating and browsing those parts of the collection can be challenging for library users.

The objective of the project is to develop and implement an active collection management plan to address the user experience in the stacks and to ensure that the collection aligns with the learning, teaching, and research needs of the uOttawa community.

The goals of the project are to

  • Identify and retain relevant material in the Morisset stacks.
  • Ensure that library users can locate and retrieve the material they need from the stacks.

The project is in the planning phase. Next steps include data gathering and analysis, and consultation with stakeholders. The project was presented to the Library Advisory Committee in October 2022; more conversations with the uOttawa community will follow.

Collection Strategy, within the Content & Access division of uOttawa Library, is responsible for project planning and management. For questions or comments about this project, please contact Monica Ward, Head, Collections Strategy ([email protected]) and Ze’ev Schneider, Project Manager ([email protected]).

Please check this page for project updates.

November 2022

Collaborative Futures (2020)

Back in January 2020, the University of Ottawa Library launched Omni, a new library system for finding and accessing books, articles, and other materials in our collection.

As part of this project, we are now getting ready to implement the automated fulfillment network (AFN).

AFN will enable users to directly request print books from their general collections held at an Omni partner institution. The implementation of AFN will take place in two phases.

1. Configuration Launch/Test Phase – June - August 2021

The configuration launch and test phase consist of configuring our library system to enable direct borrowing from our Omni Partners. Once the configuration is complete and launched, Omni partners will test both sending and receiving resources from other Omni partners. If you see different options in Omni, such as “get it from another university”, this means that the testing phase has started.

It may take several weeks after the configuration launch for us to ensure all 16 Omni partners are fully operational within the AFN.

2. Official Launch– September 2021

The launch of the service is planned for the start of the fall semester. More information, including instructions on how to place a request from an Omni Partner Institution will follow once the testing phase is complete.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

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