Library Online Workshops: February 2021

Demystifying the literature review

Date: Feb. 2 
Time: 11 am -12 pm

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.


Introduction to 3D design for prototyping

Date: Feb 2 
Time: 1 – 2pm

This short skill-building session will introduce beginners to 3D design software. Participants will learn the basics of 3D design for 3D printing for prototyping purposes, and be introduced to the concept of designing something to be 3D printed and other fabrication methods.

* This session is open to the Ryerson community. Beginners are welcome, no previous experience necessary.** Participants are encouraged to download Fusion 360 to follow along. Contact collab@ryerson.ca with any software-related questions.


Prototyping at home

Date: Feb. 3
Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Have an idea you want to turn into reality? This 1-hour session will introduce you to strategies that will help get you started with ideation and prototyping at home!

You’ll learn: 

  • Best practices for 2D and 3D visualization and ideation.
  • The basics of design thinking and how to take advantage of it.
  • Prototyping dos and don’ts
  • This beginners session is open to the Ryerson community. No previous experience required

Love Data Week: Finding Covid-19 data – an overview of Ryerson Library’s online guide

Date: Feb. 8
Time: 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Join Data Librarian, Kevin Manuel for an information session that will provide an overview of Covid-19 data sources that are included in the Library’s Guide for this topic. Content will cover international data sources such as the World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins University; Canadian data content such as Statistics Canada and the Province of Ontario; and local data from the City of Toronto. From this session you will be able to better understand how these resources are connected and how to access them for your research.


Demystifying the literature review

Date: Feb. 8
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 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.


Academic Integrity Week: Click for a citation – how library databases can help you with citing your work. 

Date: Feb. 9
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Did you know that the Library’s website and our journal databases can help you cite your work in APA, MLA and other citation styles? This workshop will show you how to use the library’s resources to keep track of your sources and how to cite them correctly. 


Digital Restoration Techniques

Date: Feb. 9   
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Digital restoration is the process of restoring damaged artworks in a way that is not intrusive to the original piece. Library Collaboratory Digital Restoration Technician, Michael CarterArlt will lead participants through various techniques used in digital restoration and provide in-depth knowledge on how each tool is used. Real world examples will be analyzed in this session, and will demonstrate some of the techniques that were used to restore damaged manuscript leaves for the “Remastered” exhibit at the Aga Khan Museum.

* The session is open to the Ryerson community. Beginners and experts alike are welcome.

** Participants are welcome to follow along using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop

*** Software is not required to attend this session


Legal Citation and the McGill Guide: 10 Things you Need to Know

Date: Feb. 9   
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Ryerson Library Law Librarians will walk you through McGill Guide citation, focusing on the most important rules and demystifying legal citation along the way. By the end of the session you should be comfortable with most legal citation and have a game plan for tackling more difficult citation problems.

This workshop is taught by John Papadopoulos, head of the Ryerson Law Library, and Lisa Levesque, law librarian and is intended for law students and others who use the McGill Guide for citation.


Love Data Week: Critical data literacy and COVID-19 visualizations – strategies to slow the spread of misinformation

Date: Feb. 9
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The need to understand data visualizations has never been more important. Every day we are inundated with more Covid-19 data, graphs and charts. Some of these data visualizations are well-designed and easy to understand, and others are confusing and misleading. This workshop will cover common data visualization issues that lead to confusion and misinformation, and will use critical data literacy strategies to evaluate charts and graphs.

Academic Integrity Week: Identifying online disinformation

Date: Feb. 10
Time: 11 a.m. 12 p.m. (zoom)

This workshop will teach practical skills for identifying online disinformation quickly and effectively. Students will learn how to laterally read, giving them valuable context and saving them time to find more credible sources.


Adobe Illustrator

Date: Feb. 10
Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Adobe Illustrator is used to create graphics for all types of media. Whether you’re an artist,  entrepreneur, or both, Illustrator can help you visualize and communicate ideas. 

In this workshop, learn the basics of using Illustrator by creating a brand logo.

Here’s a handy Illustrator overview to get you started: Getting started with Adobe Illustrator


Love Data Week: writing a data management plan using DMP Assistant

Date: Feb. 11
Time: 11 a.m. -12 p.m.

A data management plan (DMP) is a document that outlines what data will be created, and what you will do with that data during and after your research project. Documenting a plan for your data is good practice and an integral part of responsible data management. This workshop will go through the steps of creating a data management plan using DMP Assistant, an online tool that follows best practices in data stewardship and walks you through key questions about your data.


Getting started with systematic reviews

Date: Feb. 18  
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.  We will discuss the core components of a systematic review, what makes a review ‘systematic’, and how to apply advanced research skills when searching the literature. There will be a particular focus on how best to utilize the library’s resources when undertaking a systematic review.  Participants may wish to look at the Systematic Reviews online guide in advance of the session.


Fair Dealing Week: Copyright and Education –  2021 Update

Date:  Feb. 23
Time: 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.

At this panel presentation, the speakers will review significant legal developments in the areas of fair dealing and copyright, which impact on the educational use of copyright materials.  This includes the Access Copyright v. York University case, decisions by the Copyright Board impacting higher education, and Canadian case law. These developments will be of interest to instructors, faculty, and librarians, and others interested in copyright and education. Participants will also learn about the available supports at the Library to ensure copyright compliance, including the Library’s Digital Course Reading service. This event is a Fair Dealing Week event. 

Speakers:

Julia Shin Doi, general counsel and secretary of the Board of Governors

Carol Shepstone, chief librarian

Ann Ludbrook, copyright and scholarly engagement librarian


Coincidence or Conspiracy: Tackling conspiracy theories with critical research and reading skills

Date: Feb. 23
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This workshop will go over why conspiracy theories continue to have such an important role in our society and why developing your critical research and reading skills are now more important than ever.


Research poster design

Date: Feb. 23 
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Across all academic disciplines, research posters are an important way of communicating research. We invite you to join New Media Designer Lee Chapman to learn some tips and tricks to make your research poster stand out. This workshop will cover information organization, design principles and strategies for discussing your research with others.

* This is open to the Ryerson community.

** No software required to follow along.


Work smarter, not harder: reading scholarly articles strategically

Date: Feb. 24   
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.


Navigating e-resources

Date: Feb. 24
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 Online Workshops: January 2021

Working with Facebook’s Spark AR

Date: Jan. 13
Time: 6 p.m. – 7p.m.

Facebook’s Spark AR is a free and easy to use app for creating Augmented Reality experiences. Participants will learn how to build Who Are You? and What Are You? Instagram filters. 

This is the second part of a Library DME Instagram filter workshop offered during the fall term.

To get caught up, take a look at the first presentation!

Spark AR is free to download


Project management basics for graduate research

Date: Jan. 19
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

The new year usually means new projects! Working on small or large-scale projects and have no idea how to start? Work with a fellow graduate student who is also a Project Management Institute-certified Project Management Professional (PMP) to learn some of the basic principles of project management to help you supercharge your productivity and get stuff done.


Navigating the Library’s eResources

Date: Jan. 20
Time: 10 a.m – 11 a.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.


Getting started with LaTeX: an intro to basic features

Date: Jan. 20
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

LaTeX is a document preparation system widely used in many STEM fields. As an alternative to MS Word or Google Docs, LaTeX specializes in the creation of professional documents, and excels in typesetting equations, inserting figures and graphics, and managing references. If you haven’t used it before there is a learning curve, but once you are familiar with some basic commands you can create professional-looking documents very easily. This workshop will provide a quick overview of core LaTeX features and will get you started with a simple document in Overleaf.  Note: No previous knowledge of LaTeX is required.


Adobe Illustrator

Date: Jan. 20
Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Adobe Illustrator is used to create graphics for all types of media. Whether you’re an artist,  entrepreneur, or both, Illustrator can help you visualize and communicate ideas. 

In this workshop, learn the basics of using Illustrator by creating a brand logo.

Here’s a handy Illustrator overview to get you started – Adobe Illustrator for Beginners

Work smarter, not harder: reading scholarly articles strategically

Date: Jan. 26
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.


Market research for everyone

Date: Jan. 26
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Do you want to get started on market research for your venture, small business, or organization? This hands-on workshop introduces participants to subscription databases available through Ryerson Library that can help you find relevant data, consumer/client behaviour and preferences, industry trends, and more. This workshop is open to all Ryerson students and employees, and no prior experience is required. Please have your my.ryerson login information available to use during the session.


WordPress basics: build your own creative portfolio

Date: Jan. 27 
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

An online presence for a researcher or creative professional is now more important than ever. Do you have creative projects you want to share with the scholarly community or industry contacts? Learn how to build your own portfolio site in this quick and easy overview. Using WordPress.com themes, you’ll be able to build a starter website for your teaching dossier, creative projects or professional resume.


Demystifying the literature review

Date: Jan. 28
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 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.


Market research for everyone

Date: Jan. 28
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Do you want to get started on market research for your venture, small business, or organization? This hands-on workshop introduces participants to subscription databases available through Ryerson Library that can help you find relevant data, consumer/client behaviour and preferences, industry trends, and more. This workshop is open to all Ryerson students and employees, and no prior experience is required. Please have your my.ryerson login information available to use during the session.


Critical data literacy and COVID-19 visualizations: strategies to slow the spread of misinformation

Date: Jan. 21
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The need to understand data visualizations has never been more important. Every day we are inundated with more Covid-19 data, graphs and charts. Some of these data visualizations are well-designed and easy to understand, and others are confusing and misleading. This workshop will cover common data visualization issues that lead to confusion and misinformation, and will use critical data literacy strategies to evaluate charts and graphs.


Library Online Workshops: December 2020

Build Your Own Creative Portfolio

Date: December 2, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Have creative projects you want to share with the scholarly community and industry contacts? This workshop will lead you through learning how to build your own portfolio site in this quick and easy overview. Using WordPress themes, you’ll be able to build a starter website for your teaching dossier, creative projects or professional resume, for free.

Instructors: Tanya Pobuda and Cristina Pietropaolo

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.


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

Past Online Workshops