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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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Globe Press posters at OCAD U Library Learning Zone

Globe posters were truly the people's posters. For more than 80 years, they brightened city street corners and telephone poles, country crossroads and union halls, shouting the names of bands and the dates of carnivals up and down the East Coast. A Globe Poster made you look, with its bright inks and bold type that shook and shimmied.

Founded in 1929, Globe grew by leaps, bounds and bold swatches of Day-Glo color into one of the nation's largest showcard printing companies. Starting with vaudeville, movies, burlesque and carnival, Globe found its groove in the 1960s with posters for top R&B and rock acts like James Brown, Otis Redding, and Ike and Tina Turner. In 1975, Joseph Cicero Sr., a long-time employee of the company, purchased Globe Poser from owner Norman Shapiro. Cicero's sons, Bob, Frank, and Joe Jr., followed their father into the business, carrying Globe's iconic style forward into the rap, hip-hop and Go-Go scenes.

With demand for posters dwindling in this digital age, the Cicero brothers decided to close up shop in 2010. But Baltimoreans and students aware of Globe's legacy formed a Friends of Globe group to find a new home for its treasures. Because of that vision, the desire of the Cicero's to keep Globe in Baltimore, and MICA's creative thinking, Globe did not die. Truckloads of wood type, letterpress cuts and other tools of the trade moved from Highlandtown to MICA in the summer of 2011, and when the fall semester started, Bob Cicero began teaching a new generation of artists how to make a poster "pop."

No known as the Globe Collection and Press at MICA, Globe's history, tools, and style continue to inspire through education, archiving efforts and in the design of new commercial work for clients ranging from Hello Kitty to Smithsonian Institutions.

Come visit a display of posters from the Globe Collection now hanging in the Library Learning Zone at 113 McCaul.

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Due to scheduled maintenance, Omni will be unavailable on Sunday September 4, 2022 between 3:00 AM - 4:00 AM

Thank you for your patience while this essential maintenance is performed.

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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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Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s OCAD U Pollinator Photo Exhibit!
Did you know that the Greater Toronto Area is home to over 350 native bee species alone? That’s in addition to the many other pollinators such as birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles. Biodiversity is beautiful!

The online photo exhibit showcases inspired observations of the wide diversity of pollinators that hold up our intricate web of life help to promote the valuable ecosystem services provided by pollinators. This is necessary as a step towards addressing the issue of declining pollinator populations.

Photos were judged by gardeners Heather Evelyn (Learning Zone) and Elaine Chan-Dow (Faculty of Art). Keeping in mind that capturing a pollinator pollinating is challenging, especially a bee, the winning picture captured the pollinating details perfectly while technically sound.

Congratulations to Ryan Whyte for submitting the winning photo of the "European honey bee (Apis mellifera), familiar and beloved, but increasingly outcompetes native pollinators". Ryan will receive a prize pack from Beam Paints, sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI). All participants will receive a one-of-a-kind Sun Print by Faculty of Art instructor Elaine Chan-Dow.

Read more about Elaine Chan-Dow's Sun Prints, from her photographic series "Path” while you check out the 2021 OCAD U Pollinator Photo Exhibit!

Do you have an idea for raising awareness about pollinators and biodiversity? Contact Victoria Ho, Sustainability Coordinator, at vho@ocadu.ca.

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Congratulations to Ryan Whyte for submitting the winning photo of the "European honey bee (Apis mellifera), familiar and beloved, but increasingly outcompetes native pollinators".
The OCAD U Pollinator Photo Exhibit is available to visit online.
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OCAD University recently announced changes to its Library structure, which has generated much interest and misinformation. To help people better understand the Library’s reorganization, the University has issued the following statement below.

STATEMENT FROM OCAD UNIVERSITY, RE: LIBRARY REORGANIZATION

It’s important to provide the context of the Library reorganization, which is part of the University’s plan to protect and enhance its mission by achieving financial sustainability while enhancing the student experience. As part of this overall plan, a review of the Library was undertaken to see how it could improve services to support our students while supporting the institutional goal of achieving financial sustainability. 

LIBRARY REORGANIZATION
The Library’s reorganization is bringing together three functional units – the Dorothy H. Hoover Library, the Learning Zone and Visual Resources & Special Collections – to create one cohesive University department. The new structure aligns with the decolonization approach by flattening hierarchies and promoting a peer-to-peer environment.

Before the reorganization, the Library had 18 positions, including 10 librarian positions. Under the new structure, there will be 16 positions, including 8 librarian positions. These include four new positions: two trained professional librarians, one management role (also a trained librarian) and one library assistant.

While we in no way minimize the impact of the changes on Library staff, we believe these changes will lead to a more equitable and student-focused structure that will improve the Library environment and lead to a better student experience. OCAD U will continue to support the four individuals impacted by the reorganization through the transition process, with OPSEU Local 576, Unit 1. 

The reorganization will also expand the Library’s capacity to support students and faculty across the University in all programs, as well as within Graduate Studies. As a result, more librarians will be engaged in faculty/department liaison work and, in turn, with student engagement and there will be greater equity and access to Library research education.

While the librarians at OCAD University have supported curriculum and academic initiatives, they are academic support staff who are represented by OPSEU Local 576, Unit 1 and, therefore, are not covered by the Memorandum of Agreement and are not members of the OCAD U Faculty Association (OCADFA).

Additionally, the Library staff and its structure, or decisions regarding its reorganization, are the purview of OCAD U’s administration and Board of Governors, respectively. 

THE REVIEW PROCESS
The University followed the process normally undertaken for the reorganization of a unit.

Of specific note, we:

  • provided a briefing to Senate at its March 1 meeting regarding the context and process being undertaken to review the Library;
  • solicited feedback and input from faculty, students and staff through an OCAD University-wide survey on how they use the Library collections and services, pre-pandemic and at present;
  • engaged with OPSEU Local 576, Unit 1 throughout the review;
  • held several meetings with the Interim University Librarian and Library staff, and Human Resources joined a Library department meeting on April 1, 2021 to provide context and planned timing for decisions on the Library reorganization;
  • complied with the processes outlined in the collective agreement in providing notice to the four impacted individuals; and
  • made decisions through appropriate governance processes, which included HR, Executive Team and the Board of Governors.

 

 

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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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For the final Library Book Club event of the semester, director Sarah Simone and producer Sarah Quan will screen their award-winning short film Margoland and hold a panel discussion, focusing on gender in film.

This short film features Margo -- an elderly woman who's trying to escape her old folks home in order to get her late wife's ashes to The Big Nickel in Sudbury, in time to celebrate their anniversary. This heartwarming deadpan comedic hit won Peoples Choice Award at RUFF (Ryerson University Film Festival) in 2017, Best Writing at WIFT (Women in Film and Television) in 2020, and was screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and Carleton Cinema in Toronto.

Link to teams meeting:http://shorturl.at/hqvN7

Link to LibGuides page:https://ocadu.libguides.com/book_club_winter_2021/april_2021

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For the final Library Book Club event of the semester, director Sarah Simone and producer Sarah Quan will screen their award-winning short film Margoland and hold a panel discussion, focusing on gender in film.

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Need research support for remote learning? The Virtual Reference Desk will allow you to book a 20 minute Teams meeting with an OCAD University librarian to discuss your own individualized research needs. Regardless of the department, program, or course you’re enrolled in, we’ll be able to help you make sense of research and learn how to navigate our online collections.

When: Available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm; and on Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

How: Simply go to the Library’s “Contact Us” (https://www.ocadu.ca/services/library/contact) page, select the Virtual Reference Desk bookings link, then choose the time that works best for you. We’ll send a confirmation email and an invitation to the Teams meeting.

With the Virtual Reference Desk, in addition to the chat-based Ask a Librarian service and the Library Research (libraryresearch@ocadu.ca) email, the OCAD U Library is here to help!

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