Research Wednesdays

Lindsay Gibb’s National Treasure: Nicolas Cage listed as a top book of 2015

Photo of Lindsday Gibb
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 5:00am

OCAD U E-Reserves and Learning Zone Technician Lindsay Gibb’s first book has been listed by the National Post as one of the 99 best books of 2015. Gibb calls National Treasure: Nicolas Cage a critique/celebration of Cage’s style of acting and the range of roles he has chosen over his career.

Gibb is a journalist who has been at OCAD U since 2013, having worked in the library for the previous two years as a reference intern. She is in the early stages of writing her next book.

Interviewed by Metro Toronto, Gibb admits that her fondness for the actor turned into “a bit of an obsession” while researching the book.

The book is part of the ECW (entertainment culture writing) Press Pop Classics series and is widely available in bookstores and online.

“I didn’t know I wanted to understand Nicolas Cage until I read Lindsay Gibb’s book. Now I’m sure of it.” — Jesse Wente, director of film programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Materials Trading Post

Materials Trading Post poster with event info and abstract collage of seafoam green waves and light pink glimmering blobs.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Come share your knowledge, ideas and materials at this swap and trade event! Bring any left over or underused art and design supplies and exchange them for something new to you. The Indigenous Visual Culture program and the Library's Learning Zone have joined together to bring you this event which encourages all of us to prioritize trading and sharing over waste. Coffee and snacks will be in attendance.

We will be accepting donations of usable art and design materials before the event if you are unable to make it on the day of and are itching to clear out your studio or closets. We will accept a broad range of art supplies but will not accept books, clothing, and other unrelated items.

Donations can be brought to:
The Indigenous Visual Culture Office, Room 410, 4th floor, 113 McCaul Street
The Learning Zone, Room 110, 1st floor, 113 McCaul Street

Both spaces can also be accessed through the entrance at 122 St. Patrick Street (an easier place to park if you have a lot of items to unload).

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Room 110, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street

Feminist FOMO NOMO

Black and green poster
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 5:00am to Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 5:00am

OCAD U: Feminist Art Exhibition, November 2015

Artists, this is your chance to show what feminism means to you. From November 10 to December 6, The Learning Zone at OCAD U will exhibit the collaborative creativity of artists reflecting on feminism. For a month, interact within a feminist space that connects artists across ages, mediums and perspectives. Don’t let the word feminism dissuade you. This is an all-inclusive event.

GET INVOLVED Artists, email us for more information as we will require some information from you as an artist before the show, including name, school, copyright and redistribution rights. Groups, this is the perfect time and space to host discussions, presentations and events relating to feminism. Submit a date on which you would like to host an event during the exhibit along with a description of it. Submit your interest by November 3rd, and for any further information contact A call for the online exhibition will follow so if you can't get it ready for this one.

This exhibition is sponsored by WIAprojects at CWSE/OISE University of Toronto, the OCAD University Library’s Learning Zone, OCAD U's Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Issues (ODESI) and the Feminist Art Conference (FAC).

Venue & Address: 
The Learning Zone at OCAD U
fomo nomo poster

Open for Collaboration: Open Access Week at OCAD U - Day 2

The Learning Zone, interior
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 1:45pm to 6:30pm

9:45am – 10:00am - Introduction to Guest Speakers by Chris Landry, Scholarly Communications Librarian

10:00am – 12:00pm - Guest Speakers:

e-artexte: A Case Study on Open Access and Visual Arts Publishing in Canada
• Corina MacDonald, Consultant & Information Specialist, Mat3rial // former Project Manager, Open Access Repository, Artexte

Green and Gold and Data All Over: Options for Navigating the Open Access Landscape
• Wayne Johnston, former Head of Research Enterprise & Scholarly Communication, University of Guelph

Predatory Open Access Journals: Myths & Realities
• John Dupuis, Science Librarian, Steacie Science & Engineering Library, York University

12:30pm – 2:30pm - Film Screening: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Note: the screening will take place in the Graduate Gallery on 205 Richmond Street West, Ground floor

Venue & Address: 
The Learning Zone (Accessible through entrances at 113 McCaul Street and 122 St. Patrick Street) Note: the 12:30pm screening of The Internet's Own Boy will will take place in the Graduate Gallery at 205 Richmond Street W., ground floor RSVP: Photo credit: Heather Evelyn
Chris Landry Scholarly Communications Librarian
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Open for Collaboration: Open Access Week at OCAD U - Day 1

The Learning Zone, exterior
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 1:00pm to 6:30pm

9:00am – 9:30am - Morning Coffee

9:30am – 9:45am - Opening remarks with Sara Diamond, President

9:45am – 11:15am - Open Forum on Open Access: What Are the Implications of Opening Up Our Research at OCAD U?
Moderated by Greg Singer, Director, Research Services
• Sara Diamond, President
• Pam Patterson, Instructor, Faculty of Art
• Martha Ladly, Professor, Faculty of Design // Transition Graduate Program Director, Digital Futures
• Lynne Milgram, Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• Greg Van Alstyne, Director, Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) // Associate Professor, Faculty of Design
• Jess Mitchell, Senior Manager, R&D + Design, Inclusive Design Research Centre
• Mike Steventon, Manager, Research Technology

11:15am – 11:30am - Refreshment Break

11:30am – 12:15pm - The Tri-Agency Open Access and Open Data Policies
• Greg Singer, Director of Research Services

12:15pm – 1:00pm Presentation of the OCAD U Open Research Repository including the e-thesis Collection
• Jill Patrick, University Librarian

1:00pm – 2:30pm Book Launch:
What is Information?: Propagating Organization in the Biosphere, Symbolosphere, Technosphere and Econosphere
By Robert K. Logan, Chief Scientist and a co-founder of Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) at OCAD University

Venue & Address: 
The Learning Zone (Accessible through the entrances at 113 McCaul Street and 122 St. Patrick Street) RSVP: Photo credit: Heather Evelyn
Contact: Chris Landry Scholarly Communications Librarian
416 977 6000 x 224

Meet the ReUse Depot

Photo of office window with letters taped to it spelling out "Re Use Depot" with an arrow pointing left below the text
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Each Tuesday and Thursday until the end of the semester, the Learning Zone will be exhibiting some of the many materials we have up for grabs in our ReUse Depot, our new location for swapping used art & design materials. Come by and learn more about how you can get free art supplies from us and share your spare supplies with fellow students.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street

ReUSE Depot Launch & Learning Zone 5th Anniversary

Poster with the word Reuse spelled out using objects such as paint and rulers
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 9:00pm to Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 12:00am

The Learning Zone invites you to celebrate our 5th anniversary with the launch of the ReUSE Depot, a new art and design material swap space!

One artist’s trash is another designer’s treasure – that’s been the founding idea behind a series of successful events that have been organized over the past several years at OCAD U by various departmental collaborations, including the Materials Trading Post, the Green Exchange & OCAD U Recycles. All of the events, whether focused on swapping art supplies, or recycling and repurposing old technology, had at their core the desire the redirect supplies and materials from the landfill and into the arms of artists and designers who will be inspired to create, and will be liberated from some financial burden. The Learning Zone ReUSE Depot is a permanent installation of these ideals: a location for donating used but usable art & design materials and/or finding used items that will be useful to your creative practice and giving them a new home.

We’ll be celebrating with a maker competition: Materials from our ReUSE Depot will be available for a tiny object competition. The creator of the best tiny object will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to a business of their choice. Judging will be based on aesthetic, concept and most creative use of materials.

Free refreshments will be available, including fresh-cooked, healthy eats from the Student Union's Hot Lunch program, sweets from the Student Union Café (vegan & gluten free!), and a Learning Zone birthday cake. Come help blow out the candles! There will also be information on hand about other sustainable initiatives on campus and how you can get involved. One new project we will be highlighting is Sustainable Connections, connecting like-minded people, ideas and initiatives.

In the spirit of the collaborations that have led to this project, we have also created a info poster that will connect all of the facilities already practicing this kind of activity on campus – the wood scrap bin at the wood shops, the metal scraps at the metal shop, scrap electronics in the INTM studio, etc. for a total of almost 20 locations on campus that demonstrate the culture of reuse that already exists on our campus. The posters will be hung at every ReUSE location, so that students can be more easily aware of other resources on campus for deviating and reusing materials and supplies.

This project is an inter-departmental collaboration between the Indigenous Visual Culture program (INVC), the Library’s Learning Zone, the Office for Diversity, Equity & Sustainability (ODESI), Facilities Planning & Management and Studio Management. The development of this project has also been supported by The First Generations program, IT Services & AV Loans.

This event is part of Green Winter, a month of sustainable programming organized by the Student Union. For more Green Winter events, visit the OCAD Student Union Facebook Page at

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000 ext. 2529

Résumé/CV, Portfolio & Interview Skills Drop-In Clinic

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Offered by the Career Development office, these sessions are first-come, first-served and are ideal for students looking to have a 20 minute one-on-one conversation around enhancing their essential professional documents, online presence or prepare for an upcoming interview.

Venue & Address: 
Room 415 in 100 McCaul St.