Archive for March, 2011

Career Services in the Zone

The end of the term is around the corner–do you have your summer job lined up?  Or, better yet, do you have your professional goals and career path mapped out?

Don’t know where to start looking, or what to even look for? Don’t fret! Each and every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3pm until Thursday March 24th in the Learning Zone, Thomas Fairbairn, your friendly neighbourhood career services advisor, is here to talk you through it all–just remember to bring your Student ID card with you. These interactive, one-on-one sessions are for currently enrolled students from all year levels. Students will explore personal and professional career concerns. All year levels are welcomed to the sessions; the sooner we begin these conversations, the more comfortable and competent we will be when it comes time for that next BIG transition . . . from student to young professional.

Those hours no good for you? You can always email Tom Fairbairn at with whatever questions you may have.

There are excellent books for your reference here in the LZ in the Career Resource Area to assist and guide you through all the daunting stages of the job hunt and application process. The Career Resource Collection is divided into the following subjects: Job Search, Materials, Self-Knowledge, and World of Work. From compiling a personal inventory, to pointers on writing resumes and cover letters, to interview etiquette, to thank you letters, and tips on getting a competitive edge on the job market, the LZ has language on it all! But, it does not stop there.  There are pamphlets and brochures from other colleges, universities, and institutions, outlining the various programs of study available for those who have just begin to whet their academic pallet. Come, explore, and be served some invaluable career advice!


03 2011

They’re here—New Zines on Display!

All the new zines that were so graciously donated to us at the 3rd Annual OCADU Zine Fair are all on display here in the LZ! We were very diligent zine lovers, cataloguing them with utmost expediency and haste so that they would be available to you to come browse to your heart’s content… and you should! Seriously!

Our new additions range from tiny 4 cm unfolding sandwich zines, to guides on 44 creative ways to write, to full colour illustrations and hilarious comics, to well… you’ll just have to come see.

As stated earlier on the LZ Blog, if you make zines and want to share them with OCADU, there is a submission box where you can ever so kindly donate them to us. OR, if you prefer, you can always mail them to us at:

Dorothy H. Hoover Library, Zine Collection
Ontario College of Art & Design
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, ON
M5T 1W1

We’ll be more than happy to catalogue them and add them to the collection! So, please, share the love!

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03 2011

OCADU Closing at 5 pm on Saturday, March 26th 2011, to Accomodate Earth Hour!

OCAD University will power down on Saturday, March 26, 2011, for one hour starting at 8:30 p.m., as part of Earth Hour. To allow the institution to prepare for the power-down, OCAD will close at 5 p.m. and re-open at noon on Sunday, March 27 (and that includes us here in the Learning Zone).

As such, the Learning Zone will be open from 11-5 on Saturday, March 26th, and from 12-6 on Sunday, March 27th. Normal hours will resume on Monday.

Earth Hour originated as an event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, as businesses and households turned off their lights for one hour to send a powerful national and global message that it is possible to take action on global warming.

OCAD U is proud to participate, and will do so by turning off all lights and powering down all non-essential equipment in order to make the most impact in reducing energy consumption.

Earth Hour is an event everyone can participate in — at home, at work, at school — anywhere. Simply turn out the lights on Saturday, March 26 for an hour at 8:30 p.m.

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03 2011

Polls! Polls! Polls!

Like to eat in the Grange Food Court? Of course you do! Vote for your favourite food in the LZ’s latest survey found on the right sidebar of this super-fantastic blog!


Want to say more? Leave a comment on how delicious Karine’s garlic fries are or how much you love Manpuku’s udon soup–or do you?

Do you have any ideas for other polls you’d like to see? Give us some suggestions.


03 2011

Audio Visual Services in the Zone

We’ve had quite a few questions about AV Loans, where it is, when it’s open, what is available, etc. So, stop and look no further–answers await!

Audio Visual Services are open Monday-Thursday from 8am-10pm, and on Friday from 8am-7pm. Please note that they are closed on the weekends.

You can find them in the Learning Zone, near the windows out looking St. Patrick Street. In other words, when you come into the LZ, hang right along the red wall.

You can borrow everything from computers and cameras, to projectors, cables, and speakers.

AV Loans

Need to contact AV Loans directly?
You can call them at (416) 977- 6000 x 353 if you have any questions or need assistance with the equipment
If you have comments, questions or concerns, you can email AV Support at

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03 2011

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