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Ontario Council of University Libraries Recognizes Addesso

Ontario Council of University Libraries Recognizes Addesso

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) recently recognized Deb Addesso, St. Jerome’s University’s (SJU) Library Associate, for her role in the successful implementation of Omni/Alma: an academic search tool that connects the libraries of 14 of Ontario’s universities, providing access to each of their collections. By sharing expertise at university libraries across Ontario, Omni partners are able to provide users with efficient access to information in every field of study, and to ensure the ongoing sustainability of a comprehensive collection of shared resources.


The OCUL announced in December that “regardless of location, field of study, institution size, language, or device, users will have seamless, consistent, and intuitive access to quality resources.” Addesso was a core member of the Omni Training Group, involved in preparing and offering training to library staff members across the University of Waterloo and federated campuses, to ensure the success of Omni’s December 2019 launch.


“Deb conducted all of the Omni training for members of our library staff, and has been an invaluable source of support and information to her colleagues at the University of Waterloo and its Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo,” noted SJU librarian, Lorna Rourke. “All of the new systems are complex, and Deb’s expertise has helped make a challenging transition easier.”


In recognition of her work on this project, Alex McCulloch, Head, Circulation Services at the University of Waterloo Library and a member of the OCUL Collaborative Approaches Task Force, presented Addesso with a certificate of appreciation.


Deb Addesso Receives OCUL Certificate of Appreciation
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OCUL is a consortium of Ontario’s 21 university libraries that was established more than 50 years ago. The consortium, an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), enhances information services in Ontario and beyond through collective purchasing, a shared infrastructure for digital information, collaborative planning, advocacy, assessment, research, partnerships, communications, and professional development. Omni is the latest example of how OCUL works together to the benefit of Ontario’s university community. For more information about OCUL click here.


For more information about the Omni system at University of Waterloo, click here.


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