Workshops & Events

Registration open: The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication Symposium

The 4th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication, will be held on May 1, 2015, at the University of Chicago’s John Crerar Library.

Scholarly communication in the sciences is in a state of rapid evolution. In addition to conventional journal and book publishing, scientists have many modes of consumption and dissemination of research: videos, interactive charts, linked data, blogs, social media, visualizations, and more. The metrics system has also had to adapt, as impacts are now measured far more extensively than by citations alone, including downloads, bookmarks, blog posts, Tweets, and mainstream news coverage. Technology is a big driver of change, but so too is a dynamic funding landscape, with mandates for wider public sharing of research. 

Researchers, librarians, and publishers all benefit from field guides to this novel ecosystem. The 2015 Zar Symposium will explore this new information ecosystem and its impacts on those who inhabit it. 

Registration and full schedule at: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/zar/

Zar Symposium 2015

The symposium is a biennial event held at the John Crerar Library of the University of Chicago and made possible through the support of the Kathleen and Howard Zar Science Library Fund.

Postponed: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: University of Chicago Library Edition

When:

A new date will be announced soon for this event.

Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Regenstein Library, The Special Collections Research Center
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
Description: On March 28, the University of Chicago Library will host a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in the Special Collections Research Center, the subject focus of which is great women in University of Chicago history. Experienced Wikipedia editors and new users alike are welcome to participate.

This event provides an opportunity to learn how articles are built and maintained using the Library’s primary source collections, databases, and one-on-one assistance from reference librarians in navigating these sources. New users shouldn’t shy away from attending.

The day-long event begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Coffee and pastries will be provided in the morning and lunch will be served in the afternoon. Come for all or part of the day. Registration required, please RSVP by 3/25 to specialcollections@lib.uchicago.edu.

Participants are asked to bring their own laptop and power cord.

Contact: Joseph Regenstein Library
773-702-4685
Tag: Arts, Graduate Students, Research, Student Career Development, Free Food, Innovation/Entrepreneurship, Volunteer Opportunities
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Writing – Creating Value III: GSA workshop

When: Tuesday, March 10, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Regenstein Library, Room A-11
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
Description: Writing – Creating Value III – This workshop will examine some different techniques for adapting your writing to different audiences. In some cases, a piece of writing can be taken as valuable in multiple contexts, but more often than not, the rhetorics of value differ for different readers. This session is about those differences. Limited to 20 participants. Advance registration required; register here.
Cost: Free
Contact: Graduate Student Affairs
773-702-7813
More info: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-workshop-creating-value-iii-registration-15836461282
Tag: Graduate Students
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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R Statistics: Introductory Tutorial: TECHB@R workshop

When: Thursday, March 5, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: The Introductory tutorial to R will give you a broad understanding of the basics of using R and R Studio as well as some programming insight for this mathematical-statistical software. In this 90 minute tutorial, we will go over some useful commands to import, analyze, graph and present output in a professional way. Previous experience with R is not required but attendees are highly encouraged to bring their own laptops and download R and R Studio in advance. In case you need help setting up, please come to the Techbar at least 15 minutes before this workshop and our staff can help.

There is no fee for this tutorial, but registration is required. Seating is limited, so sign up soon! Click on the link below to register!

Contact: Academic Technologies
773-702-9944
More info: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1600
Tag: Graduate Students, Staff, Training, Student Career Development, Workshops
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Lecture: The Future of the Planetarium – Mark SubbaRao, Feb 23

Presented by the Research Computing Center

Mark SubbaRao, Space Visualization Laboratory Director at the Adler Planetarium

Monday, February 23rd, 2:00-3:30PM

Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room

The first planetarium was developed over 90 years ago.  Today thousands of planetaria exist all across the world.  This talk will argue that the future of the planetarium is to make the transformation to a big data visualization facility.  After reviewing the state of the art in planetarium visualization the talk will conclude with a invitation for University researchers to visualize their data sets at the Adler Planetarium.

Speaker Biography:  Mark SubbaRao is the Director of the Space Visualization Laboratory at the Adler Planetarium.  He received his bachelors degree in engineering physics at Lehigh University and his Ph.D from Johns Hopkins University in astrophysics.  His Ph.D thesis concerned the characterization and evolution of the luminosity function of galaxies.  After obtaining his degree he worked as a post doctoral researcher at the University of Chicago on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey a project to make a 3D map of the Universe.  He has led the development of major exhibition galleries at the Adler such as “The Universe:  A Walk Through Time and Space” and has also produced, written and directed a number of stereoscopic videos and full-dome planetarium shows.  These include the planetarium shows “Welcome to the Universe” and “Cosmic Wonder.”  His visualizations have been widely shown in print and television.  He was part of a team that created a first-prize-winning visualization in the 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.  He was also on a team that was awarded the best visualization at XCEDE 2013.  Dr. SubbaRao chairs the international Planetarium Society’s Task Force on Science and Data Visualization, which seeks to realize the potential of the planetarium as a scientific visualization tool.

For more information contact RCC at info@rcc.uchicago.edu or 773-795-2667

Spend College Break Day at RegFest, February 13

Elevated view of the Regenstein Library, from the University of Chicago architectural guidebook titled Building Ideas, published summer of 2013. (Photo by Tom Rossiter)

Regenstein Library (Photo by Tom Rossiter). Spend your College Break (February 13) at RegFest, a day of programs highlighting fun and unique ways to use the resources available at Regenstein Library.

Spend your College Break at RegFest, a day of programs highlighting fun and unique ways to use the resources available at Regenstein Library. 

Programs will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the TECHB@R, Regenstein Library, Room 160.

  • Trace your family history
  • Lean more about the equipment and services at the TECHB@R
  • View a selection of acerbic letters from Ezra Pound in the Special Collections Research Center
  • Track down your (or your professor’s) citations
  • Create your own UChicago-themed Valentine’s Day cards
  • Play UChicago trivia
  • And more!

Snacks will be provided at our lunchtime and closing programs. Enter our drawing for an Amazon gift card, and increase your chance to win by the number of RegFest sessions that you attend.

Short on time? Feel free to drop by anytime with your friends for our Regenstein photo booth!

View the complete RegFest schedule and RSVP today!

RegFest is a joint University of Chicago Library and IT Services Academic and Scholarly Technology Services event.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Rebecca Starkey at rstarkey@uchicago.edu or 773-702-4484 for assistance.

Canceled: Developing Assignments that Use the Library: workshop

Update: Canceled 1/28/2015

When:

Canceled: Thursday, January 29, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E
1050 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL
Description: This course is designed for faculty, instructors, and graduate students interested in teaching.

Have you found that your students aren’t using the academic sources you expect for their assignments? Do your students seem to lack basic library research skills? In this program, University of Chicago librarians will highlight ways you can integrate library research instruction into your courses to promote the acquisition of the skills necessary to complete research assignments. We’ll demonstrate ready-to-go online tools that can be integrated into your Chalk site, and discuss the different types of in-class instruction the Library can provide. At the end of the session, we’ll work together to create some sample assignments designed to help students learn how to use the Library’s collections and online resources.

Presenters:
Julia Gardner, Head of Reader Services, The Special Collections Research Center
Rebecca Starkey, Librarian for College Instruction and Outreach, Regenstein Library
Debra Werner, Librarian for Science Instruction and Outreach, Crerar Library

Registration is recommended. To register, please select the website below.

Contact: Rebecca Starkey at rstarkey@uchicago.edu or 773-702-4484.

Register: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1248
Contact: Other Contacts (see description)
Tag: Staff, Training, Seminars, Workshops, Graduate Students
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Introduction to Zotero: workshop

When: Thursday, January 29, noon – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, February 4, noon – 1 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Zotero is a free citation manager that allows you to save citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables you to create customized bibliographies in standard citation styles, including MLA, Chicago and APA. This workshop will introduce some of the key functions of Zotero such as: installing Zotero, adding citations to your Zotero library, organizing and managing your citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Microsoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Zotero into your documents.

To register, click on the link below.

Register: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1010
Contact: Joseph Regenstein Library
773-702-4685
Tag: Student Events, Training, Workshops, Graduate Students, Staff
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Substantial Paper Success: Thursday, Jan. 22, 12:15 pm in Room A

Are you writing a substantial paper this quarter? If so, you might want to attend the D’Angelo Law Library Workshop, “Substantial Paper Success,” on Thursday, January 22, at 12:15 pm in Room A. Come learn how to select a topic and do research for your substantial paper! Feel free to bring your lunch. If you cannot attend, you can still check out the Library’s Researching and Writing Substantial Papers guide online, or make an appointment to meet with a reference librarian.

Save the date: 4th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, May 1, 2015

CrerarGuide09_arch_color2Save the date for the 4th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, “The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication,” held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the John Crerar Library. 

Scholarly communication in the sciences is in a state of rapid evolution.  In addition to conventional journal and book publishing, scientists have many modes of consumption and dissemination of research: videos, interactive charts, linked data, blogs, social media, visualizations, and more.  The metrics system has also had to adapt, as impacts are now measured far more extensively than by citations alone, including downloads, bookmarks, blog posts, Tweets, and mainstream news coverage.  Technology is a big driver of change, but so too is a dynamic funding landscape, with mandates for wider public sharing of research. Researchers, librarians, and publishers all benefit from field guides to this novel ecosystem.  The 2015 Zar Symposium will explore this new information ecosystem and its impacts on those who inhabit it.

Information about previous symposia is available at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/zar/.