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OCAD U Library 2017 Fall: Reference

Library Reference Acitivies Fall 2017

Research Wednesdays (Starting in October)

Photographer unknown. (1953). 'Lily Maley and class, Glendon Hall'. OCAD University Visual Resources & Special Collections, [PH554 / 20_220_022]. Toronto, Canada.

Photographer unknown. (1953). 'Lily Maley and class, Glendon Hall'. OCAD University Visual Resources & Special Collections, [PH554 / 20_220_022]. Toronto, Canada.

WHAT: a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, faculty) to present in a supportive environment; sort of a TEDtalk, but real-time at the Library for a studio-based environment of peers. Any topic of interest to you can be of interest to us!

WHEN: every Wednesday from 18 October to 22 November from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

WHERE:OCAD U Learning Zone 1st Level, MCC (Annex Blg., 113 McCaul St.) HOW: send an email to Daniel Payne (, include a:

  1. brief 250 word description of your talk,
  2. which Wednesdays would be available for you,
  3. list of technological needs,
  4. ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement,
  5. description of any participatory activities that may be used.
    • NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal.

Library Site-Interventions

Continuing on our history of art installations in the Dorothy H. Hoover Library, we are making a call for library site interventions for the 2017/18 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

Information Literacy

Opper, Frederick Burr. The fin de siècle newspaper proprietor / F. Opper, illus. from Puck, v. 35, no. 887, (1894 March 7), centerfold. Copyright 1894 by Keppler & Schwarzmann.Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. 

Recent concerns regarding fake news, alternative facts, clickbait, and filter bubbles are definitely not just a recent phenomenon.

Why is this a library issue? At the OCAD U Library, we dedicate our work as librarians to information literacy; a strategy that enables students to confidently navigate research portals, decode sources, and critically evaluate information.

For we firmly believe that critical thinking occurs when critical tools are used for research and information retrieval.

HELP STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO READ THE NEW INFORMATION ENVIRONMENT and to change their researching strategies by accessing trustworthy and accurate information.  

HOW? Contact Daniel Payne ( to arrange an in-class library information session for your 2017 Summer classes; seminars can be formatted for specific course assignments or based on a range of research themes such as:

  •   using research models as wayfinding devices for navigating the new information environment;
  •   using information to build a thesis, then activating these resources to structure critical writing or artistic creation;  
  •   learning how studio-based creativity can be a model for academic inquiry.


  • VISIT the Library or Learning Zone for a hands-on exploration of our artists’ books, rare books, graphic novels, zines, or other special collections.
  • EXHIBIT artworks in the library space as part of our on-going Library Site Interventions and demonstrate how information literacy can be empowered by studio-based learning.
  • POP-UP BOOK MOBILE: contact us to arrange a subject-specific collection of library books to bring to your classroom or studio; with a valid ID card, students can sign out books on-site.
  • WORKSHOP: arrange a course-specific workshop in the classroom, studio, or library to integrate library collections into course assignments.