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New Digital Scholarship Workshops Offered For Free

The Digital Scholarship Lab is excited to announce several new workshops added to this semester's schedule. The classes will cover the following categories, designed to support faculty and student work:

  • Author's Rights and Copyright
  • Citation Management
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Media Creation
  • Scholarly Publishing
  • Special Collections
  • Statistics Resources and Software
  • Website Usability
Due to classroom size, seating is limited to 15 people per workshop, so please REGISTER TODAY!  (Just click the date/s you'd like on the calendar.)

Please scroll down for more detailed information on each category:

Authors’ Rights and Copyright
Copyright Essentials: Ownership and Management Issues for Faculty and Graduate Students
Understanding your rights and responsibilities as a copyright holder is the foundation for managing your copyright responsibly.  Topics covered include copyright ownership principles as well as common university ownership policies.
·         Tuesday, February 7, 2 pm, Atkins 273
Care About Your Copyrights: Responsible Choices
Starting with the basics of copyright ownership, this discussion moves into managing your author rights with publishers and the options presented by author publication addendums.
·         Friday, March 23, 11 am, Atkins 273

Citation Management
 Introduction to EndNote
This session gives you a basic introduction to EndNote, a powerful citation management software that is available to UNC Charlotte students, faculty, and staff.  By the end of this session, you will know how to download and install EndNote, how to create a library of references, how to add references manually and how to export references from library databases to your EndNote library.  You will also learn how to create groups in your EndNote library and how add references from your EndNote library to a Word document.

·         Friday, January 13, 10 am, Atkins 124
·         Wednesday, January 25, 3 pm, Atkins 124
·         Friday, February 10, 10 am, Atkins 273
·         Monday, March 5, 11 am, Atkins 273
·         Tuesday, March 20, 10 am, Atkins 273
·         Friday, April 13, 11 am, Atkins 273
Intermediate EndNote
This session is appropriate for users who have taken the Introduction to EndNote workshop or who are already familiar with EndNote but who wish to learn additional features of the program.  By the end of this session, you will learn how to create and use SmartGroups, how to change EndNote preferences, and how to use EndNote Web.  EndNote Web is a web-based reference organizer and collaboration tool that enables EndNote users to collect references when away from their desktop, and collaborate easily with others.

·         Friday, January 27, 10 am, Atkins 124
·         Thursday, February 16, 2 pm, Atkins 273
·         Wednesday, March 7, 11 am, Atkins 273
·         Monday, April 23, 2 pm, Atkins 273

Geographic Information System (GIS)
 Introduction to GIS
Learn some of the basic concepts of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), finding geospatial data, and be familiar with some of the basic functions of ArcGIS 10.0 to create your own thematic maps: adding data, creating new layers, joining tables, calculating attribute values, and classifying features by quantity, labeling data, and laying out data. 

·         Monday, March 12, 2 pm, Atkins 273
·         Tuesday, April 17, 2 pm, Atkins 273
Media Creation
 Creating Video to Enhance Conference Presentations (iMovie)
This workshop will provide an overview of how to use iMovie to create short videos for incorporation into conference presentations.
·         Thursday, January 26, 2 pm, Atkins 252A
Creating Video to Enhance Conference Presentations (MovieMaker)
This workshop will provide an overview of how to use Windows MovieMaker to create short videos for incorporation into conference presentations.
·         Wednesday, February 15, 2 pm, Atkins 273
Podcasting Your Scholarship 
This workshop will introduce participants to podcasting as a form of scholarly communication and will provide models of how video and/or audio podcasts can be used to share scholarly communication to build a community of practice or to publicize the work of a department or research team.  Participants will be introduced to simple video creation, editing, and publishing.
·         Wednesday, March 28, 2 pm, Atkins 252A
Scholarly Publishing
 e-Journal Publication Support at the Library
This workshop will provide an overview of the library support available to faculty members who edit journals or who may wish to edit journals.  The library provides a robust content management system that provides a framework with every stage of the refereed publishing process, from submissions through to online publication and indexing.   Participants will be introduced to the content management system, learn about the library support and services available.  There will be ample time for discussion and for questions.
·         Thursday, March 15, 3 pm, Atkins 273
·         Monday, April 16, 2 pm, Atkins 273
 Creating Online Exhibits and Collections
Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Omeka is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation. By making standards based, serious online publishing easy, Omeka puts the power and reach of the web in the hands of academics and cultural professionals themselves.  This workshop will provide an introduction to Omeka and includes a hands-on component in which participants will learn how to create digital exhibits and collections with primary source material from Atkins Library Special Collections.
·         Wednesday, February 22, 11 am, Atkins 273
Special Collections
 Incorporating Special Collections Content into your Digital Scholarship
Atkins Library has splendid collection of rare books, manuscripts, university archives, oral histories, and local documents, and born-digital materials that are available for use by researchers.  This session provides an overview of our collections for researchers seeking original research materials for research and for use in digital scholarship projects.

·         African American History, Friday, February 17, 10 am, Special Collections Reading Room –Atkins Library    10th floor
·         History of Education, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte College, and UNC Charlotte, Wednesday, February 29, 10 am,Special Collections Reading Room –Atkins Library 10th floor
·         Children’s Literature, Tuesday, March 27, 10 am, Special Collections Reading Room –Atkins Library 10th floor
·         Historic Charlotte (Mills, Race Relations, Religion, Business & Industry), Wednesday, April 18, 10 am, Special Collections Reading Room –Atkins Library 10th floor
Statistics Resources and Software
 Introduction to SPSS
SPSS is data analysis and statistical software. This workshop is a basic introduction to SPSS. Topics covered will be an overview of the interface, some basic commands and functions, and how to open and manipulate a data set. 
·         Tuesday, January 24, 2 pm, Atkins 125
·         Monday, February 13, 2 pm, Atkins 273
Statistical Resources Workshop (for Social Sciences)
This session will provide participants with an overview of the library’s online statistical resources (Census Factfinder, ICPSR datasets, GIS resources). Learn how to download this data into SPSS and ArcMap and incorporate it into your presentations/projects.
·         Thursday, March 22, 2 pm, Atkins 273
Text Encoding for Humanities Scholarship
 Introduction to Text Encoding & XML for Humanities Scholarship
Participants will learn the principles of XML, what it is (and is not), why it is used, and what it can do for you in your digital scholarship. This is a gentle introduction to XML that will prepare participants for other workshops. No programming skills required!
·         Friday, February 24, 10 am, Atkins 273
Text Encoding for the Humanities:  Hands-On Text Encoding Workshop
This workshop is designed to give participants hands-on experience using TEI-XML to encode previously transcribed texts. Participants will learn how markup languages and text analysis can help enhance their own scholarship.  Participants will learn about the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). TEI is a consortium which collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form. TEI maintains a set of guidelines which specify encoding methods for machine-readable texts, chiefly in the humanities, social sciences and linguistics. In standardizing rules and syntax, initiatives such as TEI try to ensure that searches become interoperable from one system to the next. N.B.  It is recommended that participants in this workshop take the Introduction to Text Encoding & XML for Humanities Scholarship Workshop prior to attending this hands-on workshop.
·         Friday, March 2, 10 am, Atkins 273
 What can Usability Testing do for me? Incorporating Usability Data into Your Research or Grant Project
This workshop will provide an introduction to the types of testing and the types of qualitative and quantitative data that can be captured using Usability Testing.   User testing of interfaces and websites allows researchers to determine how effective this content is for the user.  The Participant's actions are recorded for both qualitative and quantitative information. These results can then be then analyzed to help identify problems with the interface.
Usability Testing can be done in a wide variety of research contexts, from collecting data for a research study to incorporating Usability as a step in a grant or research project.
·         Tuesday, February 21, 3 pm, Atkins 273
·         Tuesday, April 24, 9:30-10:30 am, Atkins 273