OCULA Award for Special Achievement

The OCULA Award for Special Achievement honours exceptional achievement(s) in at least one of the following areas over the past 2 years:
  • Service to OLA/OCULA and any other library organization, or
  • Research and publication in areas of academic librarianship, or
  • Planning and implementing a library program which serves as a model to others.
To apply: Complete the online nomination form by November 1
For questions or more information, contact awards@accessola.com

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2018 Award Recipient


The Learning Portal

College Libraries Ontario with the support of Ontario Colleges Library Service
Jennifer Peters, Seneca College and Anabella Arcaya, Algonquin College

The Learning Portal was collaboratively built by the Ontario College Libraries in partnership with Ontario College Library Services (OCLS). This outstanding open resource reflects the planning and implementation of a library program which serves as a model to others. There are two college individuals that stand out in the building of the Learning Portal and they are Jennifer Peters from Seneca College and Anabella Arcaya from Algonquin College. Jennifer Peters volunteered to be the Learning Portal's project manager and dedicated many hours to the project. She was instrumental in building the many processes, plans and working committees to ensure that the Learning Portal was meeting its five strategic goals of: equitable and easy access, provision of open learning resources, building of a province wide academic support platform, AODA compliance, and highlighting the amazing collective work of the 24 college libraries. Anabella Arcaya acted as the instructional designer for the Learning Portal and is responsible for the beautiful design and intuitive layout of the Learning Portal as well as the entire instructional design framework. Anabella was the key architect in the building of the Learning Portal modeling the journey of a college online student. These two individuals donated many hours to the project and made significant contributions to The Learning Portal. Karen McGrath, Retired Librarian

2017 Award Recipients



Western University, Queen's University, University of Toronto
Student2Scholar is a suite of ten online, self paced learning modules designed to help graduate students in the social sciences develop core academic literacies and research skills. The quality and depth of the content helps strengthen library instruction to social science graduate students, and a facilitator's guide helps instructors incorporate Student2Scholar content into class curriculum. Developed under a Creative Commons license, the modules are publicly available and adaptable, and have already been accessed by people from all continents. Student2Scholar supports library instruction to graduate student in disciplines beyond the social sciences, and serves as a model to other library professionals for its creative adaptation and application of the principles from the ACRL's Framework for Higher Education. OCULA Council 2016


La Casita Azul

York University Libraries
La Casita Azul fosters the research pursuits of York University students in Costa Rica, while also acting as a resource centre for local residents to learn about research being pursued in their own community. It enhances York students' field courses at the Las Nubes EcoCampus by enabling access to library materials in English and Spanish. It also facilitates interactions with the local community by using the space for workshops events. La Casita Azul is an example of a successful and innovative community outreach model for anyone striving to plan or implement library programs through library and research centres based in remote satellite campus locations. OCULA Council 2016