Collaborative Futures Project

Collaborative Futures is Coming to U of G

We are excited to announce our participation in the Ontario-wide Collaborative Futures (CF) project. We have already begun working behind the scenes to meet the project timelines and to be prepared for the official launch. We are committed to providing ongoing updates as the project progresses towards implementation.

What is the Collaborative Futures project?

CF is a project that began in 2014 under the direction of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). The goal of CF is to develop a shared vision for the future of library management systems in Ontario’s academic libraries. U of G along with 13 other Ontario institutions, will participate in the implementation of a shared library system (also known as a library services platform). This means that partnering institutions will share most of their print and electronic resources and that you can search and find them all in one system! CF partners recently announced Ex Libris as the successful vendor.

What does a new library services platform mean for you?

Library users can look forward to broader access to resources, an enhanced user experience, a shared search interface for participating institutions, and the benefit of shared expertise amongst library staff. Along with all the benefits a new library services platform brings for users, library staff will also benefit from more streamlined workflows and a modern product that meets our modern needs.

Project Timeline:

  • Phase 1: Feasibility Study (November 2014 to July 2015)
  • Phase 2: Developing System Requirements and Pre-Procurement (August 2015 to Fall 2016)
  • Phase 3: Procurement and Implementation (Winter 2017 - ongoing)

    • Projected “go live” date – December 10, 2019

Participating Institutions:

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


Collaborative Futures Project News

Collaborative Futures Project Contact

For more information about Collaborative Futures visit the OCUL website, or contact Doug Horne, Implementation Lead for Collaborative Futures at U of G at