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The ODLRC is a product of collaboration between 10 11 university libraries in Ontario. Within this collaboration, the roles are varied. The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) provides technical and project management staff for the project through its Information Technology Services (ITS) unit and through Scholars Portal.  Scholars Portal is a shared technology service supported by all of Ontario’s university libraries through the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).  UTL provides technology leadership and operational support for Scholars Portal, which houses and makes available millions of digital articles, books and datasets to students and faculty across the province.  The other nine initial partner libraries provide local technology support and participate in the governance, implementation, and assessment of the project.  All 21 university libraries will ultimately benefit from this collaboration by having a new option to acquire high-capacity archival storage through the ODLRC at cost-effective rates.


Carleton University
Guelph University
McMaster University
Queens University
Ryerson University
Wilfrid Laurier University
University of Ottawa
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo 
University of Windsor
York University 


Why are Ontario’s university libraries developing a cloud storage service?  Based on experience and analysis, the libraries have determined that alternative storage options, on campus and beyond, are not viable from a cost point of view for long-term digital preservation.  Initial capital costs are too high and ongoing costs are not sustainable.  ODLRC will make use of scalable technologies to build large-scale storage services using low-cost disk farms and servers, providing significantly lower costs of storage for libraries seeking to deliver and preserve massive digital collections for current and future generations of students and faculty.