Library Workshops in April

Introduction to SPSS

April 1 @ 6:30 pm
8:00 pm

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?


Why Can’t I Download That Ebook? Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and the Politics of Electronic Reading

April 14 @ 2:30 pm4:00 pm
Library Room C196.05

This workshop will take a tour through the GC’s ebook collections with an eye for what ebooks offer options for use and which are restricted through content management tools (known as DRM). Addressing both the technical and the political implications of DRM systems upon readers and researchers, this workshop will cover both the practical access to the Graduate Center’s ebook collections as a discussion of the complications which arise with book digitization.

Privacy in the Age of Dragnet Surveillance: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Rights Online

April 16 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm
Skylight Room, 9th floor

Alison Macrina of the Library Freedom Project and Kade Crockford of the ACLU of Massachusetts will present a workshop on privacy and surveillance in the 21st Century. Kade will give an overview of some of the government surveillance programs we learned about from Edward Snowden’s revelations. Alison will then discuss practical tech tools that can be used to safeguard your privacy from spies and other adversaries. RSVP is appreciated, though not required.

Brewster Kahle, Founder of the Internet Archive

April 20 @ 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Skylight Room, 9th floor

Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, will speak at the annual Graduate Center Friends of the Library event on April 20, 2015. He will be introduced by Professor William P. Kelly. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and RSVP is required. Light refreshments will be provided.

Archival Research : The Basics

April 22 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm
C196.02 – Library Concourse Computer Classroom

Learn the basics of archival research in this hands-on workshop.  We’ll cover what archives are and how they are arranged, where and how to look for sources, and what to expect when you visit an archival repository. This workshop is held in a computer classroom and is taught by Donna Davey, Archivist and new GC Librarian. Learn more about Donna here.

Intro to GIS Using Open Source Software

April 24 | $30
Baruch College Newman Library, 151 East 25th Street

The practicum is a day-long (9am to 4:30pm) event that takes place on a Friday. at Baruch Newman Library, 151 East 25th Street. For more information, go here.  Participants will: Add data to GIS software and navigate a GIS interface Perform basic geoprocessing operations for preparing vector GIS data Convert text-based data to a GIS data format Conduct geographic analyses using standard GIS tools and vector data Create thematic maps using the principles of map projections, data classification, symbolization, and more.


About the Author

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an Assistant Professor and Head of Reference at the Graduate Center Library.