Research Wednesdays: “Empowering Creative Researchers at the Toronto Public Library"

A woman points to a group of images on a wall in front of a group of people
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join us for the first presentation of the series: “Empowering Creative Researchers at the Toronto Public Library" with Irene Gotz. Irene Gotz is a librarian with over ten years’ experience working in academic and public libraries and is currently in the Arts Dept. at the Toronto Reference Library of the Toronto Public Library.  Irene is also a freelance illustrator and an OCAD U alumna. In this presentation Irene will give an overview of Arts specific resources and services available from the Toronto Public Library. 

Bring your OCAD U ID and get signed up for a Toronto Public Library card!

Research Wednesdays, a new speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library, is a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!


Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? Send an email to Daniel Payne ( and include:

  •   brief 250 word description of your talk,
  •   indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you,
  •   list of technological needs,
  •   ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement,
  •   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.)
Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000 ext.217

Library's Annual Book Sale

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 3:00pm
Venue & Address: 
Main lobby @ 100 McCaul St

Library E-Resource Cancellation:  Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 2:15pm

Oxford Islamic Studies Online (OISO) provides access more than 5,000 reference and biographical entries, chapters from scholarly introductory works on Islam as well as images, maps and timelines.  The Library will be ending its subscription to OISO as of July 1, 2017. 

Non-Renewal Decision:   Usage of this resource has remained extremely low over the past several years, with typical usage below 30 chapter or reference entry views per year.  

Alternative Resources:   Credo Reference provides numerous reference texts on world religions, including several on Islam.  There are also dozens of titles available within the library searchable by the subject heading of Islam, including numerous scholarly introductory texts.  

Subscription End-Date:  July 2017.

Library E-Resource Cancellations

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 4:45pm

Due to budget reductions the Library is cancelling several subscriptions to academic databases in the months of June and July.  These cancellations include EBSCO Academic Search Premier & Masterfile, Textile Technology Complete, and Literature Criticism Online (LCO).   These resources were selected for discontinuation based upon their decreasing and/or low usage and content overlap with other currently subscribed e-resources.

Descriptions of each of these resources, rationale for cancellation, suggested alternatives, and subscription termination dates are outlined below.  The budgetary reduction comes at a particularly difficult time as the poor CAD/USD exchange rate continues to strain the collections budget.

Academic Search Premier & Masterfile

Description:  Academic Search Premier with Masterfile is a general, multidisciplinary database that provides access to more than 3,200 full-text journals and magazines in all subject areas; including approximately 1,300 active titles without embargoes (i.e. most recent issues/articles are available for these titles). 

Non-Renewal Decision:   Usage of Academic Search Premier has declined dramatically since the introduction of the Library’s unified search tool Summon in 2013, while the subscription cost has risen 38% over this same period.  Article views have dropped by 75% from a high of 17,172 in 2013/14 to 4,562 in 2015/16.  Summon fulfills largely the same role as a “starter” or general database, allowing users to search and access a broad range of journal, magazine and other content across all subject areas.  Journal and magazine coverage within this database is highly duplicative of content the library subscribes to though other publishers /aggregators.  An overlap analysis of Academic Search Premier revealed that 62% of journal/magazine content is either fully or partially available within other subscribed databases and more than 80% of articles from moderate to high use journal titles (i.e. 20+ article views over the past two years) are readily available in other databases.  

Alternative Resources:   Summon is the best alternative resource to Academic Search Premier as it provides access to the majority of content (contained within other subscribed databases) that was previously accessible in Academic Search Premier and provides similarly broad subject coverage. 

Subscription End-Date:  June 2017.

Textile Technology Complete

Description:  Textile Technology Complete provides access to periodicals, books and technical and trade literature covering the scientific and technological aspects of textile production and processing.

Non-Renewal Decision:  Subject matter coverage of Textile Technology Complete, such as chemical engineering, does not align with OCAD teaching and research needs as evidenced by very low-usage over the past several years.  Additionally, much of the more relevant journal content is available through a variety of other library subscribed resources such as Business Source Complete.    

Alternative Resources:   Summon is the best alternative resource to Textile Technology Complete as it provides access to much  of same journal content through a variety of subscribed e-resources.

Subscription End-Date: July 2017.

Literature Criticism Online

Description:  Literature Criticism Online (LCO) includes excerpted and full reproductions of biographies, reviews, and critical essay’s on authors and their works from the 600+ volume print series of Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism and Contemporary Literary Criticism. LCO provides key information on more than 4,200 novelists, poets, playwrights, or other creative and nonfiction writers and their works from 1900 - present.

Non-Renewal Decision:  Literature Criticism Online was subscribed to several years ago as an extended trial, pending review of usage which has since been determined to be quite low as compared to other similar subscription reference e-resources.   Much of the literature criticism excerpted within LCO is taken from journal literature OCAD users already have access to in databases such as JSTOR, Literature Resource Center and Project MUSE.  Although there is no way to perform a full overlap analysis of this resource, as LCO often reproduces individual journal articles  on authors and their works, and not full journal titles, a sample of content checked against the Library’s holdings suggest a high degree of overlap with current journal coverage.  Unique content lost in the cancellation includes some of the original author biographies as well as essays reproduced from anthologies not held by the library. 

Alternative Resources:  Literature Resource Center includes much of the content contained within Literature Criticism Online including some of the original author biographies, topic and work overviews contained within LCO.

Subscription End-Date: July 2017. 

Library Site-Interventions: Painting in the Expanded Field (DRPT-4011)

clear plastic box containing beetle larvae and pages from Kafa's The Metamorphosis
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 10:00am to Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:00pm

As part of the library’s ongoing site-specific art intervention project, selected students from Colette Laliberté's "Painting in the Expanded Field" (DRPT-4011) are exhibiting artworks in the Dorothy H. Hoover Library. Each work conceptually interacts with a theme, practice, or policy in the library as an institution. 


Works include:

  •   Cynella Cyril: Interconnected
  •   Jasmine Luk & Shinyoung Park: Walking Settlers, Stretching Pioneers
  •   Kate Rogers: Untitled
  •   Sylvester Teszeri: Boo K- Wurm
  •   Gordis Wong: Outsider/Insider
  •   Tara Zacharias: Author Unknown

image credit: Sylvester Teszeri. 2017. Plexiglass box (61 x 31 x 16 cm), copy of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis (trans. Susan Bernofsky; intro. David Cronenberg. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2014), beetle larvae.

Venue & Address: 
OCADU Library, 215 MCC (113 McCaul)

Food For Fines

Reduce your overdue fines while helping a good cause by donating non-perishable food items

New Ebook Collection: Morgan & Claypool Biomedical Collection Four

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 4:00am

The Library has recently purchased a collection of biomedical ebooks from publisher Morgan & Claypool.  The titles are part of the publisher’s Synthesis series and cover a range of biomedical engineering and design topics such as assistive technologies, human factors in computing systems, and body tracking in healthcare. Titles in this series are peer reviewed and intended to synthesize important research or development topics.

Library Newsletter

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 9:00pm

View our newsletter profiling new services, resources, policies, collections and initiatives


Linda Carreiro participating in project opening at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa

Open Books logo_text on white background
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 9:30pm

Linda Carreiro is one of thirteen Canadian artists invited to create a folding book for an international project that opens at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. Curated by Mary Husted, the exhibition,Open Books: International Artists Explore the Chinese Folding Book, is a contemporary, cross-cultural exploration of a traditional artform. Artists from previous projects in China, Australia, and the United Kingdom will be displayed alongside new works by Canadian artists Barbara Ballachey, Linda Carreiro, Eric Chan (EEPMON), Pierre Durette, Jerry Evans, David Garneau, Helen Gerritzen, Gordon Harrison, Jill Ho You, Charlotte Jones, Christian Quesnel, Richard Smolinski, and Susan Wood. 

The exhibition opens at the Library and Archives on Wednesday, September 28, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

Venue & Address: 
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.