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Researchers can view DVD and VHS archival materials in the Archives. Reach out today to learn more at archives@ocadu.ca or mbognar@ocadu.ca

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Starting in Winter 2023, the OCAD University Library will offer a new Course Reserve service called Leganto, available through Canvas. Leganto will deliver course materials more efficiently to students, will provide a better interface for instructors to request readings, and will allow for easier integration of readings through our recently released library search engine, Omni. Like our previous course reserve service, instructors can request readings to be digitized, linked or placed on physical reserve within the library. Leganto allows students to locate and access all required course readings on Canvas and ensures that all readings comply with copyright law and the University's digital content & reproduction licenses. We appreciate your patience as we are in the testing phase of Leganto. 

New Features of Leganto

This new course reserves tool allows instructors to quickly and easily create engaging reading lists while providing students with access to content through a more streamlined experience directly from their Canvas course. With Leganto Course Reserves, instructors have more control over their reading lists, in addition to the following:

  • Submit syllabi instantaneously into the tool
  • Use the "Cite It" tool. No more typing citations into online forms!
  • View integrated analytics to evaluate student usage of resources
  • Provides opportunities for students to engage in discussions through annotations and read and respond assignments
  • Allows the library help instructors make readings available more easily

Students now have the ability to:

  • Participate in more meaningful discussion with instructors and other students by attaching comments and questions directly into the readings
  • Add private annotations which are not visible to others
  • Submit assignments and view grades

Faculty should keep an eye out for system emails when library staff update or comment on a reading list. Library staff will continue to work with instructors for their course reserves. A Research Guide with more information and detailed instructions will be posted on November 29th. 

We would like to invite faculty to join us in piloting this new tool for the Winter 2023 term. Feel free to learn more about Leganto Course Reserves through this short video provided by our vendor. 

Leganto will launch for faculty on December 1st and will be viewable for students on Canvas on December 15th. The library will host virtual training sessions on December 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th from 2-3PM on Microsoft Teams. Registering for virtual training sessions: https://forms.office.com/r/y0EfqUaEdj. Please contact your library liaison or the E-Reserves Team, reserves@ocadu.ca, for an individual demo if you are unable to attend these workshops.

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The Archives offers access to primary sources such as photographs, student publications and event ephemera. Materials in the collection pertain to OCAD’s history as well as teaching, students and faculty who have attended the University and its predecessor bodies.

Researchers can consult with the Archivist, Madeleine Bognar, in order to identify the records that may aid their research or to browse finding aids.

We offer research appointments, consultations, and digital reproductions of archival materials. Reach out today to learn more at:

 archives@ocadu.ca   or   mbognar@ocadu.ca 

 

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The Library is currently running trials for three new databases:
•    Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text (FTLI)
•    International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text (IBTD)
•    Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Database trials provide temporary access to electronic resources, which will not only benefit researchers and students, but will help develop the library collection. To access these databases and resources within, sign in with your OCAD U account and visit A-Z Databases.

FTLI and IBTD trials will run until November 20th, and OED will run until November 26th, 2022. Please contact e-resources@ocadu.ca for more information, questions or feedback on these resources.

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New Database Trials - Film & TV Lit Index, International Bib of Theatre & Dance, and Oxford English Dictionary
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Introducing Omni: OCAD U's new academic search tool

OCAD University Library is excited to offer Omni, a new easy-to-use academic search tool that gives you access to high-quality resources.

Launched in May, Omni provides direct access to OCAD University's local collections and streamlined access to a vast collection of diverse, high-quality academic research resources across the collections of 17 other Ontario participating university libraries.

"We're excited for this new upgrade that will support our faculty and students in their research and enhance access to library materials and collections," says Tony White, OCAD University Librarian.

Omni offers these benefits:

  • Powerful search tool for discovery and in-depth research of OCAD University's Library holdings
  • Quick and streamlined access to resources
  • Improved functionality for you to manage current loans and requests
  • Intuitive mobile-friendly user experience

The streamlined interface facilitates resource discovery across a broad range of genres and formats: books, book chapters, journals, scholarly and popular articles, film, music, etc. 

SIGN UP for Omni Orientations in late August and through September HERE.

Or if you can’t make these scheduled Omni orientations, you can also email a librarian with any questions at libraryreseach@ocadu.ca. Or, you can watch pre-recorded videos that introduce you to Omni's search tools.

You can also book a 20-minute Teams meeting with a librarian at https://bit.ly/3shJDDP.

Or if you have questions about your account, books checked out, etc., contact our circulation staff at  circulation@ocadu.ca.

We look forward to supporting your research and teaching at OCAD University!

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OCAD University launches Omni, a new academic search tool, connecting the library catalogue to those at 17 other Ontario University Libraries.
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Beginning Wednesday July 6, 2022, the AGO Library will be open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Appointments will no longer be necessary for use of the main library collection. Access to rare books, archives and special collections is still by appointment. We strongly encourage researchers to wear a mask in consideration of other researchers and staff sharing the space. However, masks are not strictly required and we cannot guarantee a fully masked environment during public hours.

To book an appointment for access to rare books, archives and special collections, please send an email to library.archives@ago.ca.

https://ago.ca/research/library-and-archives

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The AGO Library will be open Wed-Fri, 1-5pm, starting next week.
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OCAD University Library and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) are pleased to announce that Omni, an online academic search tool, is coming to OCAD U.

The new resource is set to go live in two stages: first with the launch of the new OCAD University Library campus specific catalogue by Spring 2022, followed by full integration with the 17 other Ontario university libraries by end of Summer 2022. 

“We are enthusiastic about our participation in Omni and creating opportunities for our academic community to utilize this important search tool in support of teaching and learning,“ said Tony White, OCAD University Librarian. “We are confident that students and faculty will find this to be a tremendous asset supporting research and scholarship across the university.”

Omni will replace the current OCAD University Library online catalogue, providing direct access to OCAD University's local collections and streamlined access to a vast collection of diverse, high-quality academic research resources across the collections of the other 17 participating university libraries. This will greatly expand access to research resources for students and faculty, with greater ease and efficiency, in support of creative practices, and research goals.

“Being a part of Omni not only allows others to explore OCAD University’s unique resources in arts and designs, it also helps us improve work efficiency by sharing cataloging records and managing both print and electronic resources in one cloud-based platform,” said Katie Lai, OCAD University Assistant University Librarian.

The shared catalogue is one outcome of OCUL’s Collaborative Futures project which seeks to develop a shared vision of future access to library resources across Ontario’s academic libraries – a vision that articulates new possibilities and builds on a decade-long history of collaboration and cooperation.

“The Omni collaboration is just one of the ways that Ontario’s university libraries are working together to strengthen information services to our learning, teaching and research community. OCUL is excited that OCAD University is joining our existing partners to deliver this service,” said Michael Vandenburg, OCUL Interim Executive Director.

OCAD University joins a number of participating university libraries including:

  • Algoma University
  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • OCAD University
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University

About OCUL

OCUL is a consortium of Ontario’s 21 university libraries and an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). OCUL enhances information services in Ontario and beyond through collective purchasing, a shared infrastructure for digital information, collaborative planning, advocacy, assessment, research, partnerships, communications, and professional development. Omni is the latest example of how OCUL works together to the benefit of Ontario’s university community. For more information, please visit the OCUL website

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Omni, an online academic search tool, is coming to OCAD U. Omni will replace the current OCAD University Library online catalogue, providing direct access to OCAD University's local collections and streamlined access to a vast collection of diverse, high-quality academic research resources across the collections of the other 17 participating university libraries. The new resource is set to go live in two stages: first with the launch of the new OCAD University Library campus specific catalogue by Spring 2022, followed by full integration with the 17 other Ontario university libraries by end of Summer 2022.
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Starting September 7th, 2021, current OCAD University students, faculty and staff may request scanned copies of articles from print journals held by the Dorothy H. Hoover Library. Requests can be made through RACER, the same way that interlibrary loan requests are made. Scans will be delivered via a password protected link and must adhere to any copyright restrictions. More detailed information about the service and how to request articles can be found here: https://www.ocadu.ca/services/library/services/scan-deliver-service
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Starting September 7th, 2021, students, staff and faculty can requested scans of print journal articles from the Dorothy H. Hoover Library.
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The LZ is excited to be announcing a special event for environmental design students called the Virtual Hangout Zone—ED edition! The event was inspired by the Sharp Centre’s fifth-floor environment, where ED students can be seen socializing, helping each other out, and bonding over stressful courses. We understand that this year has been more difficult and distant, so we hope to revive the fifth-floor spirit virtually and support our ED students on April 9th and 16th!

This will be an online space for ED students to socialize, ask upper-year students for advice, talk about first-year experiences, have fun and more!

To participate, join us on Friday April 9th and/or Friday April 16th, between 11am-12pm, at the following link: https://bit.ly/31GhGXD 

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A space for Environmental Design students to socialize, ask upper-year students for advice, talk about first-year experiences, have fun and more!

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We invite you to be a part of a collaborative writing workshop with the OCAD U Learning Zone and OCAD Jewish Club on March 31st, 2021 at 11am EST!

Bring your quills, pens, parchment, keyboard or just your lovely self to this one-hour writing workshop facilitated by 2nd year Creative Writing student Mehnaz Lamia (Mia). We will be crafting letters, taking a journey to journaling and painting postcards. The OCAD Jewish Club will host a segment on how to sign up for their pen pals project and there will be poetry session to commemorate the wanderings of our collective writing. 

Participants are encouraged to bring any paper, postcards, notebooks, pens or pencil, any paints and brushes or drawing materials you prefer working with. If all you have is a pen and paper, that's enough! 

Register for the workshop at https://forms.office.com/r/eDZPTF0rdX

Learn more about the OCAD Jewish Club's pen pal initiative, organized in collaboration with Hillel at the University of Toronto, at https://hillelontario.org/uoft/pen-pals/

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We invite you to be a part of a collaborative writing workshop with the OCAD U Learning Zone and OCAD Jewish Club, crafting letters, taking a journey to journaling, and learning about the OJC's pen pal project, on March 31st at 11am EST! 

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