workshops Archive

A Stacked Library Welcome!

For some this is a welcome back; for others, it is an introduction to the Graduate Center Library.
Welcome to the section of the Graduate Center building that may easily become your campus-home-space:

Your Library – Stacked here with Where We Are, What You’ll Find, and When to Arrive.

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Photo is © William Hoiles, Picture of old books. Baskingridge Historical Society, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.


Where We Are

 

The Graduate Center library is located on three levels of 365 Fifth Avenue. You’ll find that in a building where many offices are window-less, we overlook with large arched windows 34th Street & 5th Avenue. The bright and welcoming interior will keep you moving up or down the stairs. Our elevator will sweep you through the walls of information.

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However, similar to scholarly journal formats, we are not only physically bound, but also available online. Through our social media presence, you can find the GC library on the CUNY Commons, right here on the library blog, or follow us on Twitter, or like our Facebook page. Finally, the new website will act as your gateway to most of your research information needs.


What You’ll Find

 

Books, journals, electronic resources, special collections, and faculty publications are some of the many materials you’ll find at the library. Exploring the three tabs on the website’s central box will get you to nearly all of our resources.

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When to Arrive

 

The library has an array of workshops, webinars, event series, and more. Below are some workshops that you don’t want to miss. Stay up to date on our Events Calendar for more information:

We urge you to become acclimated to the library by attending an orientation where a librarian is present to offer an overview. You can always contact your subject librarian for more information.

Finally, you may find the library slideshow from New Student Orientation here:

Measuring and Increasing Your Scholarly Impact

This class will introduce the metrics currently used to evaluate scholarly journals, authors, and articles, and will discuss the effect on impact of making works available open access. Instructor: GC Adjunct Librarian Margaret Smith Register HERE

Data for Social Justice: Mapping Data

This class, third in a series, will explore both free and subscription GIS resources that can be used to create compelling maps that advance social justice causes. Instructor: GC Adjunct Librarian Margaret Smith Register HERE

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Data for Social Justice, part 1: Finding Data, March 6

This class will introduce various sources of data (including demographic, economic, and social data) that can be analyzed and mapped to advance social justice initiatives.

Data for Social Justice, part 2: Analyzing Data, March 13

This class will explore both free and subscribed GIS resources that can be used to create compelling maps that advance social justice causes.

Advanced SPSS

This hands-on workshop will cover SPSS in more depth: How do you enter and explore data with SPSS? How do you manage and analyze your data? Instructor: GC Adjunct Librarian Margaret Smith Register HERE

If you are not sure whether SPSS is right for your project, consider attending the Basic SPSS class first. Register for the Basic class HERE

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Data for Social Justice: Analyzing and Visualizing Data

This class, part two of a three part series, will cover different web applications and software available for analyzing and visualizing demographic, economic, and social data. Instructor: GC Adjunct Librarian Margaret Smith Register HERE

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Data for Social Justice part 1: Finding Data, March 6

Data for Social Justice part 3: Mapping Data, March 27

 

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Data for Social Justice part 1: Finding Data

This class, the first in a three-part series, will introduce various sources of data (including demographic, economic, and social data) that can be analyzed and mapped to advance social justice initiatives. Instructor: GC Adjunct Librarian Margaret Smith Register HERE

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Mapping Social Justice part 2: Analyzing and Visualizing Data March 13, 6.30 pm

This class will cover different web applications and software available for analyzing and visualizing demographic, economic, and social data.

Mapping Social Justice part 3: Mapping Data March 27, 6.30 pm

This class will explore both free and subscribed GIS resources that can be used to create compelling maps that advance social justice causes.

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Basic SPSS

This class will give a general overview of the SPSS statistical package: What is it? What can it do? What do you need to know to get started? Instructor: GC Adjunct Librarian Margaret Smith  RSVP

If you’ve already downloaded SPSS and have basic familiarity with it, consider attending the Advanced SPSS class instead.  RSVP 

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Spring (mostly) Library Workshops

Spring 2014 Graduate Center Library workshops cover a variety of strategies, tools, and methods in sessions co-hosted by OpenCUNY,  NYPL, LACUNY, and JustPublics@365. Additional events listed here include GC Digital Fellows workshops. Check the library calendar and GC Digital Fellows workshops for additions; email with questions. RSVP for location.

February

GC Digital Fellows Workshop: Cloud Storage: How to Keep Your Citations and Sources in the Same Place (While Not Losing Your Dissertation)

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room C196.03  (rsvp) This workshop will introduce digital storage, citation, and note taking tools with a focus on the best ways to organize and back up your research. We will cover a range of tools including Zotero, Evernote, Drop Box, and Google Drive. The workshop will be hosted by Erin Glass and Keith Miyake.

Intro to Zotero

February 27 & March 4 (full) Want to organize article citations and PDFs that you gather? Tired of manually entering citations and bibliographies into your papers? Want to share your research resources with a larger academic community? Use a reference manager such as Zotero or RefWorks. This 90-minute hands-on workshop covers the basics of Zotero including how to add references to Zotero from library databases, websites, and Google Scholar, how to use Zotero to easily add citations to Word documents, and how to create a stand-alone bibliography. Both sessions are full. Instead, schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian to learn Zotero. Duration 45-60 minutes.

Looking Beyond the Blog: How can you build your digital presence?

February 28, 4.30-6 (no rsvp) Graduate Center, 5414. Join OpenCUNY, Graduate Center librarians, and fellow students to discuss what it means to look “beyond the blog” and to consider how we can represent ourselves online. More at OpenCUNY.org.

March

Basic SPSS 

March 5, 6.30-8pm (rsvp) A general overview of the SPSS statistical package: What is it? What can it do? What do you need to know to get started? Host: GC Adjunct Librarian Margaret Smith

GC Digital Fellows Workshop: Organizing Your Research with Reference Management Software: Zotero & Mendeley

Wednesday, March 5, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room C196.03 (rsvp) This workshop introduces two popular reference and citation management systems, Zotero and Mendeley Desktop. Great for beginners who want to learn how to organize their references and automatically generate citations and bibliographies. The workshop will be hosted by Erin Glass and Keith Miyake.

WordPress

March 6, 12-1pm (full) A hands-on overview of the installation, selecting a theme, installing plug-ins, and basic functions of the popular open source WordPress blogging platform. Host: GC Digital Services Librarian Stephen Klein.

GC Digital Fellows Workshop: WordPress 2: Enhancing Your Digital Academic Identity

Tuesday, March 11th 2014, 6:30-8:30pm Room C196.03 (rsvp) This workshop will focus on improving the appearance and functionality of your existing WordPress site.  We will review some of the basic components of WordPress from our previous workshop (WordPress 1: Establishing a Digital Identity*) then move on to discuss plugins, widgets, and analytics. We will continue working with WordPress on the CUNY Academic Commons (if you do not have a CUNY Academic Commons account, sign up for one here).  The workshop will be hosted by Andrew G. McKinney and Laura Kane.

Advanced SPSS 

March 26, 6.30-8pm (rsvp) A hands-on workshop investigating SPSS in more depth: How do you enter and explore data with SPSS? How do you manage and analyze your data? Host: GC Adjunct Librarian Margaret Smith

Data for Social Justice part 1: Finding Data 

March 6, 6.30-8pm (rsvp) Introduces sources of data (demographic, economic, and social data) applied to illustrate social justice initiatives. Host: GC Adjunct Librarian Margaret Smith

Data for Social Justice part 2: Analyzing and Visualizing Data 

March 13, 6.30-8pm (rsvp) Reviews web applications and software for analyzing and visualizing demographic, economic, and social data. Host: GC Adjunct Librarian Margaret Smith

Data for Social Justice: Mapping Data 

March 27, 6.30-8pm (rsvp) Explore both free and subscription GIS resources to map social science data. Host: GC Adjunct Librarian Margaret Smith

Open Books, Not Open Wallets: How Open Educational Resources Help Students Spend Less and Learn More 

March 7, 10-12pm (no rsvp) Graduate Center Segal Theatre, 1st floor. Sponsored by the LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable, the CUNY Office of Library Services, and Just Publics@365. Do your students sometimes resist buying textbooks and other course materials? Open educational resources (OERs) are free or low-cost online textbooks that save students money. Evidence suggests that OERs also facilitate deeper engagement with course material and more focused teaching and learning. Faculty across CUNY who have developed, customized, and used OERs will share experiences and strategies.

Research in Literature at the NYPL 

March 21, 2-3 pm (rsvp brookewatkins@nypl.org) NYPL Main Branch at Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street. Librarians from NYPL’s Berg Collection of English and American Literature and the Humanities & LGBT Collections explain how to locate items across the NYPL’s special collections. The class will highlight the NYPL library catalog and full-text databases not otherwise available at CUNY.

April

Research in Art and Art History at the NYPL

April 2, 6-7 pm (rsvp brookewatkins@nypl.org) NYPL Main Branch, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street. NYPL’s Art & Architecture, Photography, and Prints divisions librarians explain how to search for what you want and to find what might surprise you. The class will also highlight use of the NYPL library catalog and full-text databases not otherwise available at CUNY.

Measuring and Increasing Your Scholarly Impact

April 9, 6.30-8pm (rsvp) Introducing metrics academic currently use to evaluate scholarly journals, authors, and articles, with discussion about the impact open access makes as measured by these tools. Host: GC Adjunct Librarian Margaret Smith

Research in History at the NYPL

April 9, 6-7 pm (rsvp brookewatkins@nypl.org) NYPL Main Branch, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street. Librarians from NYPL’s Manuscripts and Archives and Rare Book Division explain how to locate items across the NYPL’s special collections. The class will also highlight use of the NYPL library catalog and full-text databases not otherwise available at CUNY.

November Workshops: Citation Managers, Data Management, Research Metrics and more

Learn about new tools for research, data management, and organization at these upcoming library workshops.

 

Reference Management Tools: Organize References and Generate Bibliographies and Citations

The library is offering hands-on training of the citation managers Zotero and RefWorks Nov. 11-13. Both Zotero and RefWorks provide an easy solution to managing pdfs and citations.  They also make creating bibliographies and entering references into papers a breeze.

What: Zotero for the Sciences When: Monday, Nov. 11, 12-1 pm

What: Zotero for the Health Sciences When: Monday, Nov. 11, 6.30-7.30 pm

What: Zotero for the Social Sciences When: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 12-1 pm

What: Zotero for the Humanities When: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6.30-7.30 pm

What: Advanced RefWorks When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 12-1 pm

What: Advanced Zotero When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6.30-7.30 pm

RSVP: Shawnta Smith, ssmith4@gc.cuny.edu

 

Planning for Data Management

This workshop introduces best practices for managing and preserving your research data, as well as what federal granting agencies (NSF/NIH) are looking for in your data management plan.

When: Thursday, Nov. 14, 4.15-5.15pm OR Thursday, Nov. 21, 6.30-7.30 pm

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/omy6z9k

 

Intro to ArcGIS

This workshop will introduce the ArcMap user interface and the fundamentals of interacting with spatial datasets in ArcGIS mapping software.

When: Thursday, Nov. 14, 6.30-7.30 pm

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/pl5b6yv

 

Research Metrics for the Rest of Us

Come learn how scholarly output is measured (through impact factors, citation counts, h-index and more!) and why it matters for you

When: Thursday, Nov. 21, 4.15-5.15 pm

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/neb3uxj

 

Research in Art and Art History: An Orientation to Resources at the New York Public Library (this workshop takes place at the NYPL)  Wednesday, Nov. 20th 6-7 pm

Librarians and curators from the Art & Architecture and Photography Divisions will go over how to locate items across the Library’s special collections, begin more specific research in rare books and archives, and navigate the NYPL’s research centers. Information will also be provided about subject specific full text databases not available at the Graduate Center.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 20th 6-7 pm

Where: South Court Classrooms on the first floor of the StephenA.SchwarzmanBuilding on Fifth Ave. & 42nd St.

RSVP: Brooke Watkins at brookewatkins@nypl.org or 212.930.0033 and include both your name and your research interests

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