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Rowan Library Workshops

Fall 2020: Rowan Library Workshops

Fall 2020 Workshop: Overview and Registration

All Rowan University Libraries workshops are free and open to students, staff and faculty. 

Workshops are available in 4 tracks: 

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

Full descriptions of each workshop are available below or from the navigation menu.

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

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


Register online for Fall 2020 Rowan Library workshops: https://go.rowan.edu/libraryworkshops

Digital Research Tools

Library 101

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2:00-3:00pm

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

Search Google Scholar Like a Pro

Date(s): 
Thursday, October 1,  11:00-11:45am
Tuesday, December 1,  3:00-3:45pm

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.  Last 15 minutes will be dedicated for questions and practice. 

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience

Software Requirements:  None

Affordable Textbook Alternatives

Date: Friday, October 23, 10:00-11:00am

Length of workshop: 45-60 minutes

Faculty: Sam Kennedy, Information Literacy Librarian, and Ashley Lierman, Instruction & Education Librarian

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to articulate the value of replacing course textbooks with alternatives that are affordable for students
  2. Participants will be able to select methods and strategies for changing course materials to affordable alternatives
  3. Participants will be able to use library and open web resources to help them find and implement pre-made affordable materials

Description:

Educational costs are more of a challenge than ever in our current remote learning situation, where used textbooks are more difficult to acquire and other economic circumstances may be creating difficulties for students. This workshop will assist teaching faculty who want to alleviate their students' burdens by replacing costly course textbooks with high-quality alternatives that are free or low-cost to students. We will discuss the benefits of using affordable and accessible materials even beyond saving students money, and bust some common myths about alternatives to traditional textbooks. We will also provide practical strategies for multiple methods of implementing alternatives, with realistic estimations of the time and effort required for each, and demonstrate how to find and evaluate pre-existing materials using library resources and on the open web. Please join us to learn how you can help your students be less stressed and more engaged with your teaching, as soon as next semester!

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

Organizing Archival Photographs & Documents with Tropy

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2:00-3:00pm

Length of workshop: 30-45 minutes

Faculty: Bret McCandless, Performing Arts Librarian

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to organize and label archival photographs and documents effectively.
  2. Participants will enhance the searchability of archival photographs and documents through description.

Description:

This workshop will introduce participants to Tropy, an open-source software designed for academic researchers in the humanities that manages archival photographs and documents. Tropy helps researchers keep track of essential information such as the library, collection, folder, and page number for hundreds or thousands of photographs of archival documents, essential for documentation and publication. Come learn strategies for organization, searching, note-taking and metadata entry that will help you sift through intensive archival research. It is recommended that prior to attending, participants should download Tropy and may bring their own photographs for hands-on activities: https://tropy.org/

Skill levels for attendees: Some Experience with Archival Research Suggested

Evaluating Information in the Digital Age

Evaluating Online Sources: An Introduction to "Lateral Reading"

Date: Wednesday October 28, 2:00-3:00pm

Length of workshop: 1 hour

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

Google Is Neutral?: Unpacking Algorithmic Bias in Search Systems

Date(s):
Tuesday, October 6, 1:00-2:00pm 
Thursday, October 15, 3:00-4:00pm 

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: https://libguides.rowan.edu/search_system_bias 

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

Software requirements: None

"Debunking" Misinformation: Challenges and Strategies

Date(s):
Tuesday, October 13, 12:00-1:00pm
Wednesday, October 21, 10-11am

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 simply 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

Scholarly Communication

Build Your Researcher Profile with ORCID

Date(s): 
Tuesday, September 29, 12:00-1:00pm
Wednesday, October 28, 10:00-11:00am
Thursday, December 3, 3:00-4:00pm

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: 

  1. Attendees will learn about ORCID 
  2. Attendees will learn about benefits of having an ORCID to researchers 
  3. Attendees will gain understanding of how ORCIDs fit into the research workflow

Description:

ORCIDs (Open Researcher and Contributor IDentifiers) are useful to all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation. An ORCID helps to uniquely identify and connect researchers to their contributions and affiliations across time, disciplines, and borders. In this workshop, attendees will learn more about ORCIDs, their benefits and their significance in the research workflow. There will also be time during the workshop to create ORCIDs if an attendee does not have one. This workshop is open to Rowan faculty, students and staff.

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

Software requirements: None.

Write Your Effective Data Management Plans (DMP) with DMP Tool!

Date(s): 
Thursday, September 17, 2:00-3:00pm
Wednesday, October 14, 11:00-12:00pm
Tuesday, November 17, 12:00-1:00pm
Thursday, December 10, 10:00-11:00am

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

  1. Attendees will gain an understanding of what DMPTool is 
  2. Attendees will learn about benefits of using it
  3. Attendees will learn how to use it

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. DMPTool is a free tool developed by the California Digital Library and provides guidance from specific funders who require DMPs. This workshop will guide researchers through the process of creating an account, using the tool individually or with internal/external collaborators and using locally developed guidance to include in DMPs. This workshop is open to Rowan faculty, students and staff.

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

Software requirements: None

Assessing Credibility of Open Access Journals for Scholarly Publishing

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2:00-3:15pm

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

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 Zotero Citation Manager

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2:00-3:00pm

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. It is recommended that participants download Zotero before attending the workshop: https://www.zotero.org/

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience

Introduction to RefWorks Citation Manager

Date(s): 
Wednesday, September 23, 3:30-4:30pm
Tuesday, October 20, 10:00-11:00am
Thursday, November 19, 2:00-3:00pm

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 Mendeley Citation Manager

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2:00-3:00pm

Length of workshop: 60 minutes

Faculty: Dan Kipnis, Life Sciences Librarian

Learning objectives: 

  1. Attendees will create content collections and organize their research
  2. Attendees will learn to import research into their Mendeley account.
  3. Attendees will learn to format their bibliographies in Microsoft Word.

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 Mendeley, an online bibliographic management software program that will help you organize your research and format bibliographies in just a few clicks.  Mendeley includes a social media component where researchers can connect with like minded researchers. 

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience

Software Requirements: Word plug-in for Mendeley. Instructions will be sent prior to workshop

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Past Rowan University Workshops