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OCAD U Library 2016 Fall: Reference

Find out what's happening this fall in the Dorothy H. Hoover Library

Studio-based Learning in the Library

Diego Franzoni, Underlining Research, 2006, Masking Tape, Mixed Media Installation.

A Voice in the Stacks! Call for Library Site Interventions

Make your voice heard; let's begin an artistic dialogue over our library collections

Continuing on our history of art installations in the Dorothy H. Hoover Library, we are making a call for library site interventions for the 2016/17 academic year.

Information comes in many different shapes and forms; at the OCAD U Library, we know that art and design can be a powerful way to convey ideas, so we open our library space to site-interventions and other forms of installations. By using art to explore themes concerning libraries and access to information, we feel that these site-interventions can become a powerful way to conceptually explore issues in information literacy using studio-based learning methodologies.

View our archive of selected library art-interventions

  • For more information on exhibitions in the library or to book an installation, contact: Daniel Payne ; ext. 217

All Library art or design installations MUST:

  • be approved by library staff including the library director; we encourage all potential artists or designers to meet individually with library staff to discuss conceptual goals for the art installation project;
  • support and conform fully to the Canadian Library Association’s “Statement of Intellectual Freedom”;
  • engage with topics concerning libraries, the organization of or access to information, archival studies, book arts or the publishing industry, or any other theme related to information studies;
  • not compromise the daily activities of the library;
  • not rearrange, relocate of hide any materials from the library collection.


Reference Services


A Perceptions of Libraries study on research habits among university-level students found that:

83% of students start all research with a search engine AND 7% start with Wikipedia. 

Despite these research habits, in comparison to search engines, students believe that libraries are more trustworthy!

So why don’t we begin searches—especially for academic research purposes—using a library collection when we know that they offer access to more authoritative information? 

HELP STUDENTS LEARN HOW to change their strategies and begin accessing the trustworthy and accurate information they know that they need! Book an information literacy session for your courses.

Contact Daniel Payne ( to arrange an in-class library information session for your classes; seminars can be formatted for specific course assignments or based on a range of research themes such as:

  • knowing what type of information you need
  • using information to structure your research strategies
  • best practices in online research and web evaluation