Let’s Talk About the Library: What Story Does the Library Tell You? (Part 1)

INVC library workshop
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Join in on the discussion & enjoy some food (two things not usually associated with libraries!)

Part1:  What is a library? Does it tell a story?  Does it help you tell your story? 

Join us for one or both interactive workshops focusing on strategies for de-coding and maybe even de-colonizing libraries. 

Through a hands-on exploration of the OCAD U Library space, we will see how the organization of a library’s collections tells broader stories about cultural values and, most importantly, find ways to work around these frameworks. 

Using a process of asking questions, interacting with library collections, exchanging stories, we can discuss new possibilities so that the all people using the library can find their own stories among the many.


Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Dorothy H. Hoover Library, 215c MCC (115 McCaul St.)

Venue & Address: 
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, 215c MCC (113 McCaul St.)
416-977-6000 ext. 217

Digital Futures Alum Profiled by the Torontoist

Yifat Shaik
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD U Digital Future’s alum, Yifat Skaik (MDes ’14), is already making waves within the city’s digital landscape. She was recently interviewed by the Torontoist for their I Want Your Job Series, as the current Toronto Public Library Innovator in Residence. Through her classes and lectures, Yifat is bringing intimidating practices, like 3D Modelling, to a general audience, helping Torontonians without any previous technical abilities create finished 3D models.

To learn more about Yifat’s work, and the Toronto Public Library Innovator in Residence position, check out her full profile on the Torontoist.

Congratulations Yifat!

The Torontoist:

Digital Futures Graduate Program:

Image courtesy of Yifat Shaik.

TALKxTALK Presents Lawrence Alverez

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Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 4:00pm

Lawrence Alvarez is the co-founder of the Toronto Tool Library, a membership based service that give Torontonians access to hundreds of tools in locations across the city ranging from band saws to laser cutters. He is also the president of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy, an organization founded on challenging people’s perceptions of ownership and our relationship to the Earth’s resources.

Through his experience with the Toronto Tool Library, a community tool sharing program, Lawrence will speak from experience on the logic of collaboration and access over ownership. With 3 locations opened in just over 2 years, and having completed over 20,000 successful tool loans, the tool library is an example of a project that maximizes the potential of the invested energy and resources within our single-use items, while releasing members from the burden of ownership.

On a planet with finite resources it makes sense to wisely use our irreplaceable ground-gifts while keeping the longevity of our collective human family in mind.

RSVP on the Facebook Page:

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, room 656

OCAD University receives Librarian Residency Award

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 7:45pm

The Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA), a division of the Ontario Library Association, has selected OCAD University as the host institution for the 2015 New Librarian Residency Award.

OCAD U has used funding from the program to hire Chris Landry as a Scholarly Communications Librarian/Digital Projects Curator. Landry will be involved with both scholarly communication and digital projects curation.The Residency Program Committee was impressed by how current the position was to today's academic library environment. The proposal was also particularly strong in the mentoring component of the role, as Landry will have a six-person mentoring team.

The New Librarian Residency Program provides an academic library with funding toward a new contract position. It was launched in March 2009 with the goal of enhancing recruitment of new librarians in an academic or research environment.

Through this program, college and university library administrators can apply for funding toward the salary of a new librarian for a minimum of 10 months to a maximum of 12 months. This residency program is the first in Canada to be funded by a library association.

Library Book Sale

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Monday, November 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:00am

November Book Sale

The library book sale will be taking place November 2 to 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby at 100 McCaul Street. Come and check out great art and design books for a fraction of the retail cost. These books are mostly donated, used books and duplicate copies of titles removed from the library's collections.

Proceeds of the book sale help the library to buy new books which support and supplement OCAD University's programs.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Venue & Address: 
Lobby 100 McCaul St. Room 175

OCAD U Library Used Book Sale

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 2:00pm to Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10:00pm

Amazing art and design books at even more amazing prices!

Come out to support OCAD U Library Services and discover some new and used gems to add to your bookshelf! The books are mostly duplicate copies of titles in the OCAD U Library, donated by alumni, faculty and friends. Every book you buy translates into more new resources on the library shelves to support learning and exploration at OCAD U.



Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Lobby

Writing Resources

Art writing books available at the library
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 2:00pm to Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 10:45pm

A short guide to the best library resources for writing academic essays about art, design, and any other research topics.

Looking for some help with your essay assignments? The OCAD U library's November book display highlights writing resources in the collection. This includes guides to academic writing, guides to writing about art and design, collections of example essays, and encyclopedias and dictionaries for critical concepts and vocabulary. To accompany the display, a short online guide to the best library resources for writing can be found online at: http://ocad.libguides.com/writingresources

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library 113 McCaul St. Room 1215
sbutterill@ocadu.ca; dpayne@ocadu.ca
416-977-6000 ext. 334 (reference desk)
Feel FREE to sign-out any books with a valid OCAD U ID card!

Food 4 Fines

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, October 10, 2014 - 4:00am

Donate non-perishable food items to the library: reduce your fines and support the Student Pantry!

Bring in non-perishable food items and use them to help pay off your fines for overdue items at the OCAD U Library, AV Loans and Tool Loans. Each item will be recognized by removing $2.00 from your total fines for up to $20.00 maximum (10 food items).

All donations will be contributed to the OCADU Student Union's Student Pantry, a food bank for any student in need of a good meal.

Participating Locations:
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, room 1215 @ 113 McCaul St.
AV Loans, room 341 @ 100 McCaul St. and room 7701 @ 205 Richmond St.
Tool Loans, room 131 @ 100 McCaul St.

Donations are always encouraged even if you don't have fines!

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., 113 McCaul St. & 205 Richmond St. Toronto, Ontario

OCAD U Seed Library Opening

Seeds at the library
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Celebrate the newest Library/Learning Zone collection: the OCAD U Seed Library on Tuesday 12 August, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Opening event for the OCAD U Seed Library

Did you know OCAD University has a Seed Library? You can borrow seeds to grow vegetables, fruits and flowers, and the team behind the Toronto Seed Libraries will be here to explain the collection. See what you can grow and learn how to harvest seeds from your plants to help keep the collection growing.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Room 1110 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Far Out

Far Out
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, October 3, 2014 - 4:00am

An Exhibition of the Weird & Bizarre: The OCAD U Library is proud to host Far Out, a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores unconventional and alternate realities. A diverse group of OCADU student and alumni artists present works which feature quirky or peculiar representations of people, memories or places and images or objects that may cause disbelief. We hope these works resonate in our Library, a space which aims to be an environment for questioning, investigating and challenging traditional forms of information and knowledge.

Featuring drawing, painting, collage, photography, video and sculpture works by Adrienne Crossman, Ana Jofre, Andre Kan, Emily Waknine, Lucas Johnson, Marta Chudolinska, Petar Boskovic, Sam Pedicelli, Sarah Munro, Tara Dorey, and Yan Wen Gillian Chang.

Venue & Address: 
Dorothy H. Hoover Library Level 2, 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario