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Rowan Library Workshops

Rowan University Libraries offers workshops that are free and open to students, staff, faculty. and the public.

Fall 2021: Rowan Library Workshops

Rowan Library Workshops

Rowan University Libraries offers workshops that are free and open to students, staff, and faculty. Slides for many past workshops are available on the Rowan Digital Works "Library Workshops" page.

Please note: If a date and time do not work for you contact the faculty member to arrange another time either for a workshop or a one-on-one consultation. Workshops can be requested and taught for Rowan classes. 

Questions? Contact Dan Kipnis, kipnisd@rowan.edu

Fall 2021 Workshops

Here are the Fall 2021 Library Workshops! All workshops are virtual. Use the Register link next to the relevant workshop to reserve your spot. 

Workshops will available in these four tracks: 

  1. Digital Research Tools
  2. Evaluating Information and Online Habits in the Digital Age
  3. Scholarly Communication 
  4. Citation Management

Presenters will confirm directly with registrants prior to workshop on which desired presentation platform will be used.

Questions? Contact Dan Kipnis, kipnisd@rowan.edu

Digital Research Tools

Library 101

Date:

  • Wednesday, September 8, 10-11am - Register
  • Tuesday, September 14, 1-2pm - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Bret McCandless, Performing Arts Librarian

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will navigate the library website to discover various services that the library and librarians offer.
  2. Participants will strategically search and filter for resources using Library Search.
  3. Participants will be able to access library resources through Library Search, databases, link resolvers, and interlibrary loan.

Description:

This workshop is designed as an introduction or refresher to Rowan University library services, particularly new faculty and transfer students. Topics covered will include using Library Search, online resources, research guides, and interlibrary loan. There will also be time reserved for questions and answers on general library services.

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience

Software requirements: None

Conducting Systematic Reviews in the Health Sciences

Dates: Tuesday, October 26, 1-2:30pm - Register

Length of workshop: 90 minutes

Faculty: Amanda Adams, Reference & Instruction Librarian and Ben Saracco, Research & Digital Services Librarian at Cooper Medical of Rowan University 

Learning objectives:

  1. Conduct systematic reviews in health sciences.

Description:

This workshop will instruct participants on the steps involved and the planning process for systematic reviews, including faculty, librarian, and student roles. Systematic reviews identify, appraise, and synthesize all available evidence on a specific research question. A protocol is used to determine what will be included, and follow specific standards to reduce bias. Health sciences faculty may be interested including psychology, nursing, sports medicine, and other disciplines. The goal is to encourage more systematic review studies and collaboration with students and librarians.

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Software requirements: None

Eyes in the Sky: An Introduction to Remote Sensing

Dates:

  • Thursday, October 14, 2-3:30pm - Register
  • Friday, October 29, 9:30-11am - Register

Length of workshop: 90 minutes

Faculty: Dr. Ashley York, Department of Geography, Planning and Sustainability 

Learning objectives: 

  1. Understand basic definitions and common applications of remote sensing technology
  2. Know how to acquire freely available remotely sensed imagery
  3. Learn how remotely sensed data can be used to visualize different land covers on Earth’s surface in a GIS

Description:

Remote sensing is defined as the acquisition of information about an object or phenomenon without making physical contact with the object. This means that the human eye taking in visible light reflected by objects is technically remote sensing! But the science of remote sensing is generally based on the scanning of the Earth by satellite or aircraft in order to obtain information, usually electromagnetic radiation, about the surface. For example, certain waves of radiation (specifically, microwaves) can be used to distinguish between clouds, sea ice and ocean water. Or, the relationship between certain waves of light (red and infrared) can inform on the health of plants. Essentially, remote sensing uses the electromagnetic spectrum to distinguish between, and measure changing conditions of, different land covers on Earth. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of remote sensing science and technology, common applications of remote sensing, how to acquire remotely sensed imagery and use spectral information to highlight properties of different land covers on Earth’s surface in a Geographic Information System.

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience

Software requirements: None

Finding Historical Primary Sources

Dates: Tuesday, October 12, 2-3pm - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Andrea Baer, History and Political Science Librarian & Bret McCandless, Performing Arts Librarian

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify Internet and library resources for locating primary sources.

  2. Identify and apply effective search strategies for locating primary sources.

Description:

Locating primary sources for historical research can be both exciting and challenging. There is no central location for all primary source material, and it’s not always easy to determine what search terms will lead you to the content you want. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about good starting points for locating primary sources (both on the web and through the library) and will develop effective strategies for locating primary sources. This workshop includes time for hands-on practice and questions.

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Software requirements: None

No More Lost Files: Take Control of Your Digital Life

Dates: Friday, October 15, 10-11am - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Rachel King, Online Services and Scholarly Communications Librarian, CMSRU

Learning objectives: 

  1. Learn best practices for effectively storing and organizing documents in a variety of file formats.

Description:

If you've ever had a corrupted computer file, a damaged smartphone, or a stolen laptop, you know how easily it is to lose important digital data. Backing up all your files isn't hard, but according to estimates, one third of us never do it, and many of the rest of us are only partially protected. At the end of this one-hour virtual workshop, you'll have the skills you need to be your own digital archivist. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises, we'll cover tips for naming files, choosing file formats, and storing data for long-term access. At the end of the workshop, participants will feel confident in their ability to preserve their personal and professional digital data. Never lose another article draft, slide presentation, or treasured photograph again!

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Software requirements: None

Search Google Scholar Like a Pro

Dates:

  • Friday, October 1, 10-10:45am - Register
  • Friday, November 12, 10-10:45am - Register

Length of workshop: 45 minutes

Faculty: Dan Kipnis, Life Sciences Librarian

Learning objectives: 

  1. Attendees will set-up preferences in searching Google Scholar
  2. Attendees will learn advanced search tips for creating focused search strategies in Google Scholar 

Description:

Google Scholar has rapidly become a starting point for research. Dan Kipnis, Life Sciences Librarian, will introduce search tips and tricks for searching Google Scholar. Rather than getting millions of results, learn techniques to focus your searches. In 30 minutes attendees will become power searchers and learn the tricks the expert searchers use to improve their results. The last 15 minutes will be dedicated for questions and practice. 

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience

Software Requirements:  None

Evaluating Information & Online Habits in the Digital Age

"Debunking" Misinformation: Challenges and Strategies

Date: Friday, September 24, 11am-12pm - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Andrea Baer, History and Political Science Librarian

Learning objectives:

  1. Recognize the challenges of “debunking” misinformation. 
  2. Recognize the role that confirmation bias plays in how people look for and respond to information that reinforces or challenges their views. 
  3. Identify and apply effective strategies for “debunking” misinformation. 

Description:

The spread of misinformation has always been a problem, but the Internet, social media, and other digital technologies have intensified the speed and ease at which misinformation spreads. The often reactive nature of our brains and of our personal biases also play a role, especially given increased political polarization in the U.S. and beyond. Once misinformation has spread, correcting it isn’t as simple as merely telling people that information is inaccurate. People tend to continue believing the false information despite the correction. This is especially true when the misinformation reinforces a person's pre-existing beliefs. 

But there are useful ways to counter misinformation! In this workshop you’ll be introduced to effective “debunking” strategies and on related research on the relationship between our brains, beliefs, and the spread of misinformation. 

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Software requirements: None

Digital Wellness: Exploring Our Everyday Relationships with Technologies, Communities, and Ourselves

Date: Friday, September 17, 11:30am-12:45pm - Register

Length of workshop: 75 minutes

Faculty: Andrea Baer, History and Political Science Librarian

Learning objectives: 

  1. Reflect on the ways that digital technologies positively and negatively affect your well being.
  2. Explore examples in which digital wellness plays a role for individuals and for society as a whole.
  3. Identify your own digital wellness priorities and related actions you can take to better support your digital wellness. 

Description:

In this time of pandemic and social distancing, we have become even more reliant on digital technologies and platforms to complete everyday tasks and to meet many of our most basic social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. At the same time that digital technologies help us to connect with others and to engage in personally, professionally, and socially meaningful activities, digital platforms can also be sources of stress that divide our attention, negatively affect our physical health, and pose privacy concerns. 

In this interactive workshop participants will reflect on the role that digital technologies play in their everyday lives and on the positive and negative effects that their relationships to these technologies have on them as individuals and on the various communities to which they belong. Participants will explore various case studies in which digital wellness plays a role and will be invited, but not required, to share about their own experiences with and perspectives on digital wellness. Throughout the session participants will consider their digital wellness priorities and related actions they can take to better support digital wellness in their own lives and in their communities. 

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience

Software requirements: Computer recommended but not required.

Evaluating Online Sources: An Introduction to "Lateral Reading"

Date: Friday, October 22, 11:30am-12:45pm - Register

Length of workshop: 75 hours

Faculty: Andrea Baer, History and Political Science Librarian & Dan Kipnis, Life Sciences Librarian

Learning objectives:

  1. Attendees will be introduced to lateral reading strategies for source evaluation, including SIFT and the Four Moves.
  2. Attendees will evaluate sources using SIFT and the Four Moves. 

Description:

Critical evaluation of online sources has become a necessary and required skill in academia, as well as in everyday use of the internet.  With the explosion of fake news, pseudoscience, and deep fake videos, how can researchers determine if a source is legitimate? While in some cases it’s fairly obvious that a source is suspect, at other times this isn’t so straightforward. Recent research indicates that both university professors and college students have difficulty recognizing misleading online sources that at first glance look reputable. The close reading skills that are key to academic work differ from the evaluation strategies needed when quickly determining whether an online source is trustworthy enough to be worth a closer look.  

In this 1-hour workshop, librarians Andrea Baer and Dan Kipnis will introduce “lateral reading” strategies that involve quickly moving off of a webpage and learning more about a source from other online information. This workshop is informed by the work of Mike Caulfield and of the Stanford History Education Group. (For a quick overview of these strategies see libguides.rowan.edu/EvaluatingOnlineSources.)  

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Software requirements: None

Is Google Neutral?: Unpacking Algorithmic Bias in Search Systems

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 1-2pm - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Andrea Baer, History and Political Science Librarian

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify scenarios in which algorithmic bias may influence search results in a given online environment.
  2. Identify and apply simple strategies for recognizing and counteracting the negative effects of algorithmic bias. 

Description:

People often think of technology and search engines like Google as neutral and unbiased. But search engine algorithms and other technologies frequently reflect larger societal biases. Google and other search engines also rank search results based partly on ad revenue that benefits them, rather than prioritizing source relevance or credibility.   

There are a good number of people who are working actively to minimize and counteract the negative effects of bias in search systems. But this bias is still prevalent. One thing you can do immediately is to increase your awareness of these biases and to develop search and evaluation strategies that work to question those biases. In this workshop you’ve become familiar with where “algorithmic bias” might show up and strengthen your abilities to counteract it.

Related Research Guide

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Software requirements: None

Using Wikipedia Wisely

Date: Friday, October 7, 12-1pm - Register

Length of workshop: 1 hour

Faculty: Andrea Baer, History and Political Science Librarian

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify advantages and limitations of Wikipedia as an information source. 
  2. Become familiar with the values, principles, and practices to which the Wikipedia Foundation aspires and the processes it uses to support them. 
  3. Identify and apply effective strategies for evaluating the credibility of individual Wikipedia articles.

Description:

Have you ever been told not to use Wikipedia because anyone can edit it and it therefore isn’t a reliable source? Do you use Wikipedia, whether with or without reservation? How should you understand Wikipedia’s role amidst a sea of information, when the Internet provides access to such a wide range of information sources that vary greatly in quality and credibility?

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the values, principles, and practices to which the Wikipedia Foundation aspires and will consider the advantages and the limitations of Wikipedia as an information source. Building on this foundational knowledge, participants will develop strategies for effectively evaluating the credibility of individual Wikipedia articles and will consider how to use Wikipedia wisely for their own research and information needs.

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Software requirements: None

Scholarly Communication

Assessing Credibility of Open Access Journals for Scholarly Publishing

Date:

  • Tuesday, October 26, 12-1:15pm - Register
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2-3:15pm - Register

Length of workshop: 75 minutes

Faculty: Shilpa Rele, Scholarly Communication and Data Curation Librarian & Dan Kipnis, Life Sciences Librarian

Learning objectives:

  1. Learn the importance of open access publishing.
  2. Learn some strategies for identifying (top) journals for publication.
  3. Learn about what to look for in identifying and avoiding predatory publishers.
  4. Be introduced to resources to help with evaluating open access journals.

Description: 

Scholarly publishing is an important part of a faculty member’s academic and scholarly life cycle. With the rise of digital publishing, however, it is important to have the tools and awareness to identify quality journals to publish in. In this workshop, attendees will learn what to look for in identifying and avoiding predatory publishers and will be introduced to resources to help with evaluating open access journals. The workshop includes a hands-on activity where attendees will evaluate an online journal for its quality and credibility by applying criteria learned during the workshop and using some tools that the Rowan University Libraries licenses.

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Software requirements: None

Best Practices for Writing Effective Data Management Plans (DMPs)

Dates:

  • Thursday, September 30, 1-2pm - Register 

  • Wednesday, October 20, 12:00-1:00pm - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Shilpa Rele, Scholarly Communication and Data Curation Librarian and Ben Saracco, Reference and Research Librarian at Cooper Medical of Rowan University

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about different components of digital management plans (DMPs).

  • Learn about resources available at Rowan to assist with writing better DMPs and infrastructure that may be available to meet funder requirements.

  • Learn how to better manage the research lifecycle.

Workshop Description:

External funding agencies are increasingly requiring researchers to write effective Data Management Plans (DMPs) as part of their grant proposals. DMPs include information on how researchers plan to manage, store and preserve research data to meet funding agency requirements for their grant award. This workshop will guide researchers about the different components of a DMP, best practices for writing effective DMPs and introduce tools and resources available to Rowan researchers for the same. This guidance will help researchers be more effective with managing their research lifecycle and also meet external funding agency data retention and public access requirements. This workshop is open to Rowan faculty, students, and staff.

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some \experience

Software requirements: None

Copyright 101

Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2-3pm - Register
  • Thursday, October 21, 11am-12pm - Register

Length of workshop: 75 mins

Faculty: Shilpa Rele, Scholarly Communication and Data Curation Librarian and Bret McCandless, Music and Performing Arts Librarian

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the basics of copyright considerations and their role in higher education.
  2. Participants will understand the role the library plays in managing copyright concerns for access to copyrighted materials.
  3. Participants will understand the basics of Fair Use and its application in using licensed or copyrighted materials/e-resources for teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Description: 

This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of copyright. The focus will be on understanding the basics of copyright for creators and users. We will explore the role of the library in managing use of print materials and licensed electronic resources. The workshop will also briefly introduce participants to key issues related to fair use for teaching, learning and scholarship. A deeper dive will be available in the Fair Use and Instruction workshop. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This workshop is intended for faculty and graduate students. 

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience

Software requirements: None

Copyright, Fair Use, and Instruction

Dates:

  • Monday, September 27, 1-2pm - Register
  • Wednesday, October 27, 10-11am - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Shilpa Rele, Scholarly Communication and Data Curation Librarian and Bret McCandless, Music and Performing Arts Librarian

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the ways in which copyright and fair use related to instruction.
  2. Participants will apply a fair use analysis to classroom situations in face to face and online situations.
  3. Participants will implement strategies for using classroom materials in an ethical manner.

Description:

This workshop will introduce teaching faculty to the ways that copyright specifically affects classroom and online instruction. The focus will be on the rights and limitations of the fair use doctrine, which allows the use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances, including considerations of educational purposes. The workshop will introduce the traditional four factors of a fair use analysis, and participants will practice using this analysis in a variety of situations.

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Software requirements: None

Information Privilege, Paywalls, and the Cost of Research

Date:

  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 12:30-1:30pm - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Dan Kipnis, Life Sciences Librarian

Learning objectives: 

  1. Explore how information privilege permeate all aspects of research.
  2. Learn about the problems in sharing academic research and how it relates to information privilege.
  3. Reflect and learn how the Rowan community supports scholarly researchers including faculty, staff and students. 

Description:

Since the creation of the internet, online information and scholarly research have been made easily accessible with a simple click of a mouse. Or have they?  In this workshop issues of information privilege, paywalls and the cost of research will be explored.  This workshop will help all Rowan scholars learn how they can get the support they need and to learn more about the information ecosystem that influences how information is created and shared. 

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience

Software Requirements: None

Open Access Publishing at Rowan University

Dates:

  • Thursday, September 23, 11am-12pm - Register
  • Monday, November 8, 2-3pm - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Shilpa Rele, Scholarly Communication and Data Curation Librarian & Ben Saracco, Reference and Research Librarian at Cooper Medical of Rowan University 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand challenges of current scholarly communication system.
  2. Learn about different pathways to open access.
  3. Learn about Rowan University Libraries (RUL) publishing agreements that allow Rowan authors to publish open access with no Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Description:

Scholarly publishing is an important part of a faculty member’s academic and scholarly lifecycle. With the rise of digital and open access publishing, however, it is important to have an understanding of open access especially in the context of the changing scholarly communication system. In this workshop, attendees will learn the current challenges in the scholarly communication system, understand the different pathways to open access and learn about the open access publishing opportunities that Rowan University Libraries has made available to Rowan authors via publisher agreements.

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience

Software requirements: None

Open Licensing: Introducton to Creative Commons Licenses

Dates:

  • Thursday, October 28, 11am-12pm - Register
  • Thursday, November 18, 2-3pm - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Shilpa Rele, Scholarly Communication and Data Curation Librarian, Bret McCandless, Music and Performing Arts Librarian and Christine Davidian, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the rights and limitations of the six different creative commons licenses.
  2. Participants will be able to apply creative commons licenses to created works.
  3. Participants will be able to find and adapt works with creative commons licenses.

Description:

This workshop will introduce participants to creative commons licenses, which allow more freedom than traditional copyright for access, distribution, and re-use. Creative Commons licenses give everyone from individual creators to large institutions a standardized way to grant the public permission to use their creative work under copyright law. They also ensure that licensors get credit for the work they deserve. This workshop will be useful for creators (anyone in the Rowan community) who want to make their work more accessible and for creators who want to reuse and adapt existing materials in their work.

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Software requirements: None

Where Should I Publish? Using Case Studies to Guide Decision Making

Date:

  • Friday November 19, 11am-12pm - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Dan Kipnis, Life Sciences Librarian

Learning Objectives:

  1. Using case studies to help determine where to publish a manuscript. 
  2. To understand and think about issues that go into the manuscript selection process for publication. 

Description: 

Deciding where to publish a manuscript can be fraught with obstacles and many uncertainties. Difficulties in publishing include: deciphering open access availability, data management challenges, and navigating the explosion of predatory publishers. In this interactive workshop, Dan Kipnis the Life Sciences Librarian, will introduce various case studies using different academic personas including graduate student, tenure track faculty and an employee working industry to help walk through the issues to think about in selecting a journal for publication.

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Software requirements: None

Citation Management Software

Citation Management Software

Citation management software is designed to help researchers organize their research and to generate bibliographies and format their manuscripts according to a desired manuscript output style.

Introduction to EndNote

Dates: Wednesday, October 20, 10-11am - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Dan Kipnis, Life Sciences Librarian 

Learning objectives: 

  1. Attendees will learn how to import citations into Endnote.
  2. Attendees will learn how to format a bibliography in Word using Endnote.

Description:

Endnote is a software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references. Rowan University offers a free license to EndNote available to students, staff and faculty. This is an introductory workshop that will demonstrate how to import citations from various databases and search engines. In addition, formatting bibliographies in Word will be demonstrated.  

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Introduction to RefWorks Citation Manager

Dates:

  • Friday, September 10, 10-11am - Register
  • Wednesday, October 13, 2-3pm - Register
  • Thursday, November 18, 11:30-12:30 - Register

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Dan Kipnis, Life Sciences Librarian

Learning objectives: 

  1. Attendees will create folders and organize their research.
  2. Attendees will learn to import research into their RefWorks account using Save to RefWorks button and export functionality from various databases.
  3. Attendees will learn to format their bibliographies in Google docs.

Description:

Frustrated with organizing your research and typing out bibliographies by hand?  Do you have your PDFs stored in various places and wish they were all in one place and searchable?  
Dan Kipnis, Life Sciences Librarian, will introduce RefWorks, an online bibliographic management software program that will help you organize your research and format bibliographies in just a few clicks.  With over 3,000 bibliographic output styles and exceptional customer support, RefWorks will help any Rowan student, staff or faculty conducting research save time and get organized. 

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience. 

Software Requirements: RefWorks add-on to Google drive.  Instructions will be sent prior to workshop.

Introduction to Zotero Citation Manager

Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 5, 1-2pm - Register
  • Wednesday, October 13, 10-11am - Register

Time: 60 minutes

Faculty: Bret McCandless, Performing Arts Librarian

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will import citations into Zotero manually and automatically.
  2. Participants will incorporate Zotero into Microsoft Word and Google Docs and generate automatic citations and bibliographies.

Description: 

Citation management software can help you keep track of the sources that you use in your research, but can also help streamline the writing and editing process. Come learn the tricks of open-source Zotero, and create citations and reference lists with ease, saving you valuable time.

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience

Software requirements: Recommended that participants download Zotero before attending the workshop: https://www.zotero.org/

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Past Rowan University Workshops

Past Workshops