Scholars Portal Audit Report 2013

Scholars Portal: About the Audit Participants

Scholars Portal

Scholars Portal ( was created in 2002, as a repository for digital content licensed, purchased, and otherwise acquired by the 21 Canadian libraries represented by the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) consortium. Scholars Portal provides a common technical infrastructure for delivering digital content and services to support research, teaching, and learning within the Ontario higher education community. Scholars Portal was initially created as a local hosting solution for licensed content. It has since evolved to include digital preservation, archiving and repository services.

The Center for Research Libraries

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) ( is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. CRL supports advanced research and learning in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by ensuring the survival and accessibility of source materials vital to those disciplines. In order to enable its community to accelerate the shift to electronic-only resources in a careful and responsible manner, CRL both preserves and maintains shared physical collections of materials and evaluates digital repositories of interest to its community.


 The members of the CRL Certification Advisory Panel for the Scholars Portal audit were:

Perry Willett (Chair)
Digital Preservation Services Manager
California Digital Library

Barbara McDonald
Associate University Librarian
Brock University

Winston Atkins
Preservation Officer
Duke University

William R. Parod, Jr.
Senior Repository Developer
Academic and Research Technologies
Northwestern University

Pascal Calarco
Associate University Librarian,
Digital & Discovery Services
University of Waterloo

Anne Pottier
Associate University Librarian
McMaster University

Catherine Davidson
Associate University Librarian,
York University Libraries

Oya Y. Rieger
Associate University Librarian
for Information Technologies
Cornell University