Library Online Workshops: November 2020

3D Development for the Looking Glass Holographic Display

Date: Nov 4
Time: 11 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.

This workshop will provide an overview of holographic display technology and how to develop for a looking glass holographic display. This session will be divided into three parts, with part one focusing on the overview of holographic display tech, part two focusing on 3D optimizing techniques using Blender, and development techniques using the Unity Game Engine. This session is targeted towards beginners and will focus on basic principles for 3D modelling as well as basic program UI navigation.

* Participants are not required to download any software for this workshop. Links will be provided to free Blender and Unity software downloads.


Demystifying the Literature Review

Date: Nov 4
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.

From annotated bibliographies to literature reviews to systematic reviews, students are frequently asked to find scholarly articles about a topic and provide thoughtful analysis of what they read. This workshop will provide participants with the information they need to identify what sort of review they are doing, how to find what they need, read the material with a critical eye and keep it all organized.


Work Smarter, Not Harder:  Reading Scholarly Articles Strategically

Date: Nov. 5
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Did you know that scholarly articles require a different approach to reading than the one you’d use for a novel or a newspaper? This workshop will break down the jargon, teach the different elements of a scholarly article, and explain how to read strategically. Learning to read strategically will save you time on your readings and make you a more effective researcher. 

This class is intended for students in all programs and especially encouraged for incoming graduate students. 

Library instructor: Lisa Levesque


How to make an Instagram Filter

Date: Nov. 6
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

In this is Library DME intro session to Spark AR, students will learn the basics of creating instagram filters and Augmented Reality content.


Prototyping at Home

Date: Nov. 12
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

This Library DME workshop provides an introduction to prototyping and making your ideas reality while at home.


Create Your Own Holograms for Education

Date: Nov. 17
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn how to create holograms with tools you already have around the house, and free software online. Learn how to bring your ideas to life to delight students and conference attendees. Add some fun into your classrooms and conference presentations with holograms. Led by Tanya Pobuda, this quickstart overview to holograms will give you a step-by-step guide to create holograms, with an opportunity to dive deeper in future sessions.

This is open to the Ryerson community.


Workshops/Events: October 2020

The pandemic isn’t fake news: fighting harmful narratives with credible sources 

Date: Oct. 1
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

How do we know if the information we encounter is trustworthy? This is a tricky question at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic that generates fear and rapidly changing facts. This workshop will cover fake news issues that have arisen during COVID-19 and offer practical strategies for identifying dubious online information and replacing it with authoritative sources. In doing so it will ask participants to consider the harmful narratives underlying fake news and how to take action against them. 

Library instructor: Lisa Levesque


Grant Writing for Graduate Students

Date: Oct 5 and Oct 6
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

An introduction to grant writing for academic proposals, arts-based poposals and journalist project proposals.

Led by Nathaniel Brunt, this small and interactive practical workshop will involve informal lecture by the instructor and short presentations by participants, over the course of two sessions.

Session 1 (Oct 5): A general overview on “how to”: creating a pitch, strategies, technique, writing with clarity, purpose and understanding audience

Session 2 (optional, Oct 6): An interactive session in which students come prepared to present their project proposals to the group for critique. Building on Session 1, students will workshop their proposals to each other, and through discussion, share insights about each other’s work, identify vulnerabilities in the work, and ultimately strengthen their proposals for grant submission.

Please note: Session 2 is optional. To attend Session 2, registrants must have attended Session 1.

Contact collab@ryerson.ca to register.


Navigating the Library e-resources

Date: Oct 7
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best and most relevant and scholarly information available. This is the type of information your professors want you to use in your assignments and essays. The Library’s Search Everything function will also be demonstrated and the differences between information retrieved through Google and the Library’s scholarly sources of information will  be discussed. This workshop will be offered through Zoom.  A link to the session will be sent to you before the workshop.  Please check your email.

Library instructor: Alison Skyrme


Work Smarter, Not Harder:  Reading Scholarly Articles Strategically

Date: Oct 8
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Did you know that scholarly articles require a different approach to reading than the one you’d use for a novel or a newspaper? This workshop will break down the jargon, teach the different elements of a scholarly article, and explain how to read strategically. Learning to read strategically will save you time on your readings and make you a more effective researcher. 

This class is intended for students in all programs and especially encouraged for incoming graduate students. 

Library instructor: Lisa Levesque


Archives and the Reach of Indigenous Dispossession

Date: Nov. 17
Time: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

What does it take to repatriate intangible cultural heritage? In this talk, Dr. Robin R. R. Gray will discuss an ongoing case study to repatriate songs with, by and for Ts’msyen from Lax Kw’alaams, BC, to point to the colonizing properties of property in the archive. 

Bio:

Dr. Robin R. R. Gray is Ts’msyen from Lax Kw’alaams, BC and Mikisew Cree from Fort Chipewyan, AB. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gray’s current community-based research projects focus on the repatriation of Ts’msyen songs, and foundational issues related to the protection, management, ownership, access and control of Indigenous cultural heritage.


Navigating the Library e-resources

Date: Nov 17
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best and most relevant and scholarly information available. This is the type of information your professors want you to use in your assignments and essays. The Library’s Search Everything function will also be demonstrated and the differences between information retrieved through Google and the Library’s scholarly sources of information will  be discussed. This workshop will be offered through Zoom.  A link to the session will be sent to you before the workshop.  Please check your email.

Library instructor: Diane Grandfield


How to use Adobe Illustrator

Date: Nov. 18
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

In this workshop participants will learn the basics of illustrator, including how to start a file, how to start your first drawing, how to work with colors, how to work with layers, drawing and editing lines.


Selected Topics in WebAR

Date: Nov. 24
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

In this session, Library Collaboratory Research Assistant, Jae Seo and Library Information Technology Services Researcher, Michael Carter-Arlt will talk about their experiences of using Web-based Augmented Reality (WebAR) for the “Remastered” Exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum. 

WebAR is a new way of viewing AR content without the need for downloading native applications. This session will feature an overview of AR, and cover such topics such as current trends in AR, pros and cons of AR versus WebAR, and future directions of AR in the future. Currently available WebAR platforms will also be analyzed. Recent Master of Digital Media (MDM) graduate Eileen Xue will also join the session to discuss her WebAR graduate research.

* This is open to the Ryerson community.


Getting Started with Systematic Reviews

Date: Nov. 25
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This session is intended for students, research assistants and faculty who are planning to undertake a systematic review, or who are interested in applying systematic research methods to a current project. Locating the evidence is a key component of the systematic review process, and can require advanced research skills and techniques, as well as extensive use of library resources and services. This session will cover topics such as database selection, keyword searching, and finding grey literature.  Participants may wish to look at the Systematic Reviews guide in advance of the session, which is online at: https://learn.library.ryerson.ca/systematic_reviews


Workshops/Events: October 2020

Intervening Into Facial Recognition (Talk/Presentation)

Date: Oct. 9 
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

This talk will discuss the collaborative work of Library Collaboratory Research Assistant Jae Seo, and Library Collaboratory member Aaron Tucker, which centres on making facial recognition technologies more transparent and understandable while also providing toolkits to intervene in the technology.

* This talk is open to the Ryerson community.


Navigating the Library e-resources

Date: Oct 21

Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best and most relevant and scholarly information available. This is the type of information your professors want you to use in your assignments and essays. The Library’s Search Everything function will also be demonstrated and the differences between information retrieved through Google and the Library’s scholarly sources of information will  be discussed. This workshop will be offered through Zoom.  A link to the session will be sent to you before the workshop.  Please check your email

Library instructor: Diane Granfield


Introduction to 3D Design for Prototyping

Date: Oct 22  
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructed by Library Collaboratory Research Technology Officer Jimmy Tran, this short workshop will introduce neophytes to 3D design software. Participants will learn the basics of 3D design for 3D printing for prototyping purposes. This workshop will introduce the concept of designing something to be made with 3D printing and other methods of fabrication.

* This session is open to the Ryerson community. Beginners are welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.

** Participants will require Fusion 360 to follow along


Demystifying the Literature Review

Date: Oct 23
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Need to tackle a literature review? Learn more about the process!

From annotated bibliographies to literature reviews to systematic reviews, students are frequently asked to find scholarly articles about a topic and provide thoughtful analysis of what they read. Instructed by Librarian Jane Schmidt, this workshop will provide participants with the information they need to identify what sort of review they are doing, how to find what they need, read the material with a critical eye and keep it all organized.

* Students from all departments are welcome to register.

Capture Your World: Method 3D Scanning (Talk/Presentation)

Date: Oct 28

Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Library Collaboratory Research Technology Officer Jimmy Tran presents a survey of various methods of scanning real world environment and objects to create digital 3D models. This is an introduction to the technologies that are either currently available or being developed at the Collaboratory. Examples of these technologies include: photogrammetry, stereo camera, Arctic Spider, structured light camera, and LiDAR.

* This is open to the Ryerson community.


Past Online Workshops