research help

AskAway BC post-secondary online chat reference service.  Summer 2019 hours:  Sun-Thur 10 am - 9 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am - 5 pm

Reference desk or schedule an appointment with a librarian to discuss your research. See library hours.

Contact a Librarian:

Carly Diab
Collections, Reference + Instruction Librarian
Liaison for the Audain Faculty of Art
Danuta Zwierciadlowski
Electronic Resources + Archives Librarian
Liaison for the Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media

Hillary Webb 
Systems + Technical Services Librarian
Liaison for the Faculty of Culture + Community

Faculty, use our workshop/tour request form:

TOURS - The librarians offer regular tours to new faculty and students throughout the year. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce you and your students to some of the technology available in the library including the book scanner.

IN-CLASS RESEARCH INSTRUCTION – Librarians can design and teach classroom-based research instruction across the curriculum. Each in-class session usually last 1 - 1 1/2 hours and are tailored specifically to a classroom assignment or broader research theme. This type of instruction will walk students through the process of brainstorming, concept mapping, using open access resources and library databases, searching the library catalogue, Creative Commons and basic copyright information, citation and bibliography. Librarians will encourage student participation throughout with questions, short exercises, group discussions, and requests for search examples throughout the presentations.

ARTISTS’ BOOKS ORIENTATIONS– Arrange a class visit with a librarian to look at our Artists’ Books Collection. Integrate this amazing teaching collection into your curriculum whether it be communication design, screen printing, curatorial practice, social practice, painting, photography, creative writing or design. It is the perfect opportunity to practice teaching with objects and to initiate an engaging interdisciplinary discussion out of the classroom into the library.

INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH SESSIONS- Schedule a one-on-one research session with a Librarian and review the resources available to you that will actively support your creative practice and research needs.

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING ACTIVITIES- The librarians are interested in pursuing cross-disciplinary collaboration with faculty in areas of research concerning the book, experimental archives, social practice, digital resource management, artists’ publications, media archiving, bibliography and digital images. We are also engaged in compiling class reading lists, facilitating exhibitions in the library, working with co-op students, participating in class-critiques and mentoring students who have an interest in libraries.

Chat with a librarian online: AskAway is a BC post-secondary online chat reference service. You can get help from librarians with finding resources on your research topic by using the chat box on the right hand side of every page on the library website.