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OCAD U Library 2017 Winter: Reference

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ARLIS/NA 45th Annual Conference

Head of Reference & Instructional Services, Daniel Payne has been selected by the president of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) to chair an Open Access Task Force  exploring options for the organization in managing its publications, research and professional development resources, including the Society's  journal  Art Documentation; a peer-reviewed periodical published through the University of Chicago press.

Based on his leadership with an earlier working group on the topic, he was invited to head a new group of academic librarians with the mandate of drafting a report for the executive board to provide recommendations on protocols and procedures to best navigate open access for this international nonprofit organization. As chair, he has been privileged to work with peers from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the universities of California San Diego, Lethbridge, Miami Ohio, Michigan and Yale. 

In this role, he will be moderating the President's Choice Panel on Open Access at the ARLIS/NA 45th Annual Conference in New Orleans in February.

Empowering Information Literacy at OCAD U

The librarians at Dorothy H. Hoover Library are always eager to help you find the information you need to create, study, research, question, understand, and ultimately build knowledge. As a refresher for the Winter 2017 term, don't forget that we offer multiple contact points for you to ask librarians for assistance:

VIEW our research guides for specific help in


VIEW our growing array of information literacy modules: 



  • one-on-one tutorials at the library reference desk staffed during library operating hours. There's no need to plan ahead; just show up and we'll be able to help. Whether you're at the beginning, middle or end of your research journey, talk with our librarians to open a dialogue over research!


  • 416-977-6000 ext. 358  to contact the reference desk anytime during operating hours; leave a message if we’re closed and we’ll respond by the next business day.


  • contact one of our dedicated OCAD U Library reference librarians to receive in-depth help with links to articles, images and other research guidance.


BOOK a one-on-one research tutorial with a subject librarians:

CHAT (use icon from Library Homepage)

  • try Ask Chat with a Librarian service; you could be helped by an OCAD U librarian or one from other participating Ontario university libraries.

Book an Information Literacy Session for Winter 2017


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