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Past Workshops

August 2021

Introduction to Patent Searching

Date: August 3 
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.

Novel? Useful? Non-obvious? This interactive workshop introduces participants to the Library’s tools for patent searching, as well as free online tools. Learn how to search for and file Canadian and international patents, as well as reasons you might not want to.


3D Design for Prototyping with Fusion 360 Part 1

Date: August 12
Time: 2 – 3 p.m. 

A skill building two-part series that will introduce beginners to 3D design software. 

Part I: 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 printed in 3D and in other methods of fabrication.

* It helps to have Fusion 360 to follow along, but is not required. Beginners are welcome.


3D Design for Prototyping with Fusion 360 Part 2

Date: August 25 
Time: 2 – 3 p.m. 

A skill building two-part series that will introduce beginners to 3D design software. 

Part II: Building on Part I, learn more in-depth and advanced skills for designing in 3D.

* It helps to have Fusion 360 to follow along, but is not required. Participants should have a basic working knowledge of 3D design or Fusion 360.

AI Audio Tools for MP3 or WAV

Date: August 20 
Time: 11 – 12 p.m.

This workshop introduces AI tools that can be used to generate, and/or edit audio files. The session will cover how to run different AI algorithms on Google Colab and how to detect and transfer pitch. 

* The workshop assumes that attendees have a working knowledge of Python and Google Colab Notebook *The code/lesson will be shared via Google Colab Notebook.


3 Great Reasons to Use the Library

Date: August 24 
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.

Need any more reasons to use the LIbrary? This workshop will expand on reasons why the Library is a great place to visit. Come meet some of Ryerson’s librarians and learn how the Library can help you throughout your academic career.


3 Great Reasons to Use the Library

Date: August 25
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.

Need any more reasons to use the LIbrary? This workshop will expand on reasons why the Library is a great place to visit. Come meet some of Ryerson’s librarians and learn how the Library can help you throughout your academic career.

July 2021

Legal Research for the Social Sciences and Humanities

Date: July 6
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Researching the history of crime? Writing media coverage for a trial? This workshop covers the basics of legal research for researchers in the humanities and social sciences, including: different sources of law,  key terminology, and major resources for legal research.


Introduction to Adobe Lightroom – Part 1

Date: July 7
Time: 1 p.m. – 2  p.m.

This two-part workshop explores important functions and applications of Adobe Lightroom. 

Part 1 will provide participants with a basic understanding of the interface, modules, and tools used in photographic post-production and archive management. A short Q & A will follow.


Introduction to Adobe Lightroom – Part 2

Date: July 15
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Part 2 of Introduction to Adobe Lightroom, provides an introduction to a standard workflow. Participants will learn how to import, process, and export images. A short Q & A will follow.

Market Research for Everyone

Date: July 21
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Getting started on market research for a new venture, small business, or organization? This workshop introduces participants to subscription databases that can help you find relevant data, consumer/client behaviour and preferences, industry trends, and more.. Please have your my.ryerson login information available to use during the session.


Introduction to Patent Searching

Date: July 22
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Novel? Useful? Non-obvious? This workshop introduces participants to the Library’s, as well as other online tools, for patent searching. Learn how to search for, and file, Canadian and international patents. In addition, the session includes an overview of how patents and intellectual property law have contributed to systemic exclusion, and have potential to hinder global creation and discovery.


Library DME Creators Grant Showcase

Date: July 22
Time: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

In March 2020, four students and one team of students, submitted their extraordinary project ideas for the Library DME Creators Grant, just prior to the university’s closure due to COVID-19. While the world was trying to grapple with a global pandemic and contain the spread of a swift moving virus, these students continued to charge ahead and take hold of projects they felt passionately about.

Join us on July 22 as they present their now completed projects!


AI Tools for Selfies

Date: July 23
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m

Learn how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to edit selfies! Participants will learn how to run different AI algorithms on Google Colab to modify and morph selfies.This workshop will cover how to use StyleGAN2 to generate and edit faces.

* Participants should have a working knowledge of Python and Google Colab Notebook

June 2021

Demystifying the literature review

Date: Wednesday, June 2
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

From annotated bibliographies to literature and systematic reviews, this workshop provides participants with the information needed to identify different types of reviews, how to find what’s needed, read the material with a critical eye, and keep it all organized.


Legal research for social sciences and humanities

Date: Wednesday, June 9
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Researching the history of crime? Writing media coverage for a trial? This workshop covers the basics of legal research for researchers in the humanities and social sciences, including: different sources of law,  key terminology, and major resources for legal research.


Getting started with systematic reviews

Date: Thursday, June 10
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.

Introduction to Zotero

Date: Tuesday, June 22
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Zotero let’s you add citations to journal articles, websites and books with a single click. You can also use it to create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, or bibliographies in the style of your choice. Use of a citation manager is highly recommended for graduate students, faculty, and research assistants.


Marketing for everyone

Date: Tuesday, June 22
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Getting started on market research for a new venture, small business, or organization? This workshop introduces participants to subscription databases that can help you find relevant data, consumer/client behaviour and preferences, industry trends, and more.


Perfecting the project pitch 

Date: Wednesday, June 16
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This workshop provides practical guidance, tips, and personalized feedback on pitching for academic and non-academic projects. Following a presentation by the instructor, participants will go into breakout groups and develop their own pitch presentations.


A beginner’s guide to textual analysis 

Date: Monday, June 28
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Textual analysis investigates how language, pictures and symbols can provide insight on how something or someone is communicating. Learn the basics about what text analysis can tell you about a person or organization, and some free tools to help you do it.

May 2021

Demystifying the Literature Review

Date: May 11
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

From annotated bibliographies to literature and 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.


Grow-a-Game: Values at Play

Date: May 19
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Want to uncover the hidden messages in some of the world’s favourite games? Interested in learning some basics of game design?

Join us for this unique event focused on engaging critical discussion about game design. Participants (individually or in groups) will also learn to grow-a-game, that reflects their values and narrative.

Participants will come away from the event with a deeper understanding about game design, a game of their own design, and a toolkit of resources.

Open to all students at Ryerson University, though especially intended for students in the arts, humanities and social services.

No experience is required.
No materials or software are required.

Getting started with systematic reviews

Date: May 20
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.


Demystifying the literature review

Date: May 27
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

From annotated bibliographies to literature and 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.

April 2021

The Real World Laboratory of Algorithmic Policing and Migration Control

Date: April 6
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Please join the Library for a discussion with Petra Molnar and Kate Robertson, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, on how algorithmic control is instituted and maintained in law enforcement and migration environments. 

Molnar, author of Technological Testing Grounds and co-author of Bots at the Gate, will discuss the ways in which refugees and immigrants are used to test automated decision-making systems. 

Robertson, co-author of To Surveil and Predict, will explain the ways in which predictive policing practices are utilized in Canada, and the larger implications of the broad use of such technologies. 

Talks will be followed by a Q & A.


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

Date: April 8
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This workshop explores the reasons 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. We will discuss the history of conspiracy theories, why we believe them, and how to fight them.


How to Make an App with “No-Code”

Library DME student led digital skills workshop

Date: April 9
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Developing apps usually has a steep learning curve. But programs such as Glide provide an alternative by allowing for easy ‘drag and drop’ visual app development. This 1 hour student-led workshop will teach participants how to make interactive apps using Glide powered by Google sheets with no additional coding. Using these skills participants will be able to deploy their own data driven apps easily and quickly.


Getting started with LaTeX: an intro to basic features

Date: April 13
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 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. 

This workshop is taught by Nora Mulvaney, research data management and engineering librarian.


Editing Your Photos Using Adobe Photoshop

Library DME student led digital skills workshop

Date: April 14
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Photoshop is industry standard software for photo editing. In this student-led workshop we’ll show you the basics of photo editing using Adobe PS. Participants will learn standard techniques and tools such as adjusting brightness and contrast, image levels, how to use adjustment curves and more. Participants will leave with all the tools needed to make great images. Having a working copy of Photoshop is recommended to not required. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca

Writing a Data Management Plan using DMP Assistant 

Date: April 15
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. 

This workshop is taught by Nora Mulvaney, research data management and engineering librarian.


How to Use Tableau for Data Visualization

Library DME student led digital skills workshop

Date: April 15
Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tableau is becoming an industry standard tool for data visualization and data analysis due to its capabilities and ease of use. This student-led workshop will show participants the basics of using Tableau from connecting to a dataset, to filtering and interpreting data. Participants will learn the worksheet basics, creating different visuals, including axis formatting and labelling etc. Lastly participants will be given an introduction to interactive dashboards for pattern observation, and using visuals to create data stories.


Navigating the Library’s e-resources

Date: April 20
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.


How to Start Programming with Python

Library DME student led digital skills workshop

Date: April 20
Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Python is a programming language built for simplicity and diverse applications. Use cases range from simple programs to web building to software and app development. It’s a great beginner language if you’re new to programming and coding!

This student-led workshop will take you through the very basics of Python, including variables, syntax, printing, and basic loops. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone and meant for first-time coders, or those looking for a refresher.


How to broadcast/stream content online using Twitch and OBS

Library DME student led digital skills workshop

Date: April 22
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

In this skill building session you’ll learn how to use OBS and Twitch to create professional and engaging live streams. Livestreaming allows content creators to broadcast online in real-time, as well as directly converse with an audience. This allows a more organic user experience. In this context Twitch has been used for instruction, streaming games and connecting with communities. This student-led workshop will cover the basics of working with Twitch streaming, best practices, and things to consider. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca

March 2021

Getting Started With Python Programming

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 1
Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Python is a programming language built for simplicity and diverse applications. Use cases range from simple programs to web building to software and app development. It’s a great beginner language if you’re new to programming and coding!

This student-led workshop will take you through the very basics of Python, including variables, syntax, printing, and basic loops. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone and meant for first-time coders, or those looking for a refresher.


Open Images for the Digital Classroom and Beyond

Date: March 2
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This Library-led workshop is an overview of how to find online open images, how to use open images in teaching or projects, and how to advise students on the use of Creative Commons images in social media or web projects.


Market Research for Everyone

Date: March 2
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 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.


Grant Writing for Graduate Students

Date: March 3
Time: 11 p.m. – 12 p.m.

A small workshop designed for approximately 5-10 participants that provides instruction and strategies for successful academic and non-academic grant writing. The workshop will involve an informal lecture followed by short presentations by participants. There will also be the opportunity to book one-on-one instruction at a later time if needed.

Participants should be prepared and bring their work.


Market Research for Everyone

Date: March 3
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 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.


Image Editing Basics using Photoshop

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 3
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Photoshop is industry standard software for photo editing. In this student-led workshop we’ll show you the basics of photo editing using Adobe PS. Participants will learn standard techniques and tools such as adjusting brightness and contrast, image levels, how to use adjustment curves and more. Participants will leave with all the tools needed to make great images. Having a working copy of Photoshop is recommended to not required. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone.


Open Pedagogy Tools: Pressbooks, H5P and Hypothes.is

Date: March 4
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

An overview of Pressbook, an online book publishing platform hosted by the Library, and some of the new interactive features that have been released recently in Pressbooks. We will also look at H5P and how Hypothes.is can be used with Pressbooks and other web content.


Legal research and resources for the humanities and social sciences

Date: March 9
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Law has a major impact on the humanities and social sciences – whether you are researching the history of crime, writing media coverage for a trial, or analyzing the effects of legislation on society – but conducting legal research can often be intimidating. This workshop will cover the basics of legal research and is intended for researchers outside of the faculty of law. It will cover different sources of law, key terminology, and the major resources for legal research. This workshop is taught by John Papadopoulos, Head of the Ryerson Law Library, and Lisa Levesque, Law Librarian.

* This workshop is intended for students, faculty, and staff in the social sciences and humanities

** This workshop is open to the Ryerson community


Create an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbot

Date: March 10
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This quick start session will show you the basics of creating a chatbot from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) portfolio of tools, including Amazon Lex. Learn the basics and discuss the psychological and sociological implications of UX copywriting in this provocative quick-start training session.


Using Spark Augmented Reality – Filters and 3D Objects

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 10
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Spark AR is Facebook’s implementation of Augmented Reality. Most often used for Instagram filters, and other social media.

In this 1 hour student-led tutorial participants will learn how to download a 3D file, compress it with Blender, and integrate it into Spark AR. Both Spark AR and Blender are free programs and though recommended for participation in this workshop are not required.

Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone.


Data Logging with Arduino and Python – Workshop 1: Programming

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 10
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dataloggers are devices that store data with respect to time. Using an Arduino to read physical sensors, and Python to capture live sensor data, anyone can implement a variety of graphing and visualizations with electronic circuits. For those interested in pursuing home automation or IoT projects, this workshop is a great start.

This is a two part student-led workshop that will cover a simple datalogging setup. Part one of the workshop will cover the assembly and programming of a basic sensor circuit via the Arduino IDE, while part two will cover data capture using Python and the whole system integration. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca

While hardware is not a requirement for this workshop, it is recommended to bring your own to follow along

Software:

Arduino IDE
Python (latest)
Pyserial (in conjunction with Python)

Hardware:

Arduino boards
HC-SR04 Ultrasonic sensor
Breadboard + Jumpers

Though everyone is welcome, this is an intermediate-level workshop, with basic experience recommended in Arduino and Python for participants to follow along.


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

Date: March 11
Time: 11 p.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.

App Development With ‘Drag and Drop’ Coding

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 11
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Developing apps usually has a steep learning curve. But programs such as Glide provide an alternative by allowing for easy ‘drag and drop’ visual app development. This 1 hour student-led workshop will teach participants how to make interactive apps using Glide powered by Google sheets with no additional coding. Using these skills participants will be able to deploy their own data driven apps easily and quickly.


How to Build a Website with Wix

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 16
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wix is an easy to use, affordable website builder that offers clean, aesthetically pleasing websites in hours. It is a great tool for beginner web designers and individuals who want simple websites in minutes.

This student-led workshop will go over Wix basics, taking you through account creation and making your very first simple website, for free. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone.


ExtravaGAN!za

Date: March 17
Time: 11 p.m. – 12 p.m.

Recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) brings image generation capability to a whole new level. But we can mix the old with the new? Learn about the process of bringing old movie posters to life. Join Jae Seo to see how it was done and discover how Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) can be used!


How to broadcast/stream content online using Twitch

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 17
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Livestreaming allows content creators to broadcast online in real-time, as well as directly converse with an audience. This allows a more organic user experience. In this context Twitch has been used for instruction, streaming games and connecting with communities. This student-led workshop will cover the basics of working with Twitch streaming, best practices, and things to consider. Creators looking to stream content online will find this workshop useful in conjunction with the OBS tutorial. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca

This workshop is open to everyone.


Getting started with LaTeX: an intro to basic features

Date: March 18
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.


Audio Editing 101

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 18
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Not everyone has access to the best mics and studios, but there are some key things you can do to make your recordings better. This student-led tutorial is a step by step guide to audio editing for podcasts or recording music. Participants will learn using Adobe Audition, but these skills are transferable to any Digital Audio Workstation such as the freely available Cakewalk.

Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone.


Drones in the Library: Creating Data Through Photogrammetry

Date: March 23
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Ryerson University Library collaborates with researchers across a variety of disciplines who require capturing and modeling of the real world in 3 dimensions (3D). To do so, several 3D reconstruction technologies have been applied, varying in cost and ease of use. Some applications require capturing large areas for which a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) or “drone” presents a cost effective option for data acquisition. This workshop will take you through the process of creating orthomosaics, digital terrain/surface models, point cloud datasets and 3D meshes. The process of Aerial Photogrammetry will be described using Pix4D Capture to outline the flight planning process. A live demonstration of Drone2Map software will follow to illustrate the processing workflows necessary for data creation.


Using Open Broadcast Software (OBS) for Video Recording and Live Streaming

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 24
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

OBS is designed for real-time live broadcasting. It includes real-time source and device capture, scene composition, overlays, encoding, and recording. If you’re considering using Twitch for projects or information sessions OBS is a great tool to have. This 1 hour student-led session will walk participants through the basics of working with Open Broadcast Software (OBS). Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca Please download the cross platform OBS software.

Software isn’t required for participation.

This session is open to everyone.


Data Logging with Arduino and Python – Part 2: Data Capturing

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 25
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dataloggers are devices that store data with respect to time. Using an Arduino to read physical sensors, and Python to capture live sensor data, anyone can implement a variety of graphing and visualizations with electronic circuits. For those interested in pursuing home automation or IoT projects, this workshop is a great start.

This is a 2 part student-led workshop that will cover a simple datalogging setup. Part one of the workshop will cover the assembly and programming of a basic sensor circuit via the Arduino IDE, while part two will cover data capture using Python and the whole system integration. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca

While hardware is not a requirement for this workshop, it is highly recommended to bring your own hardware to follow along

Software:

Arduino IDE
Python (latest)
Pyserial (in conjunction with Python)

Hardware:

Arduino boards
HC-SR04 Ultrasonic sensor
Breadboard + Jumpers

Though everyone is welcome, this is an intermediate-level workshop, with basic experience recommended in Arduino and Python for participants to follow along.


Getting Started with Tableau for Data Visualization

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 25
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tableau is becoming an industry standard tool for data visualization and data analysis due to its capabilities and ease of use. This student-led workshop will show participants the basics of using Tableau from connecting to a dataset, to filtering and interpreting data. Participants will learn the worksheet basics, creating different visuals, including axis formatting and labelling etc. Lastly participants will be given an introduction to interactive dashboards for pattern observation, and using visuals to create data stories.

Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone.


An Introduction to using an Arduino for Digital Media projects

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 30
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Arduinos and physical computing allow anyone to create digital media projects easily and from scratch.

This student-led workshop will give students an introduction to the Arduino, it’s components and how to use them. Participants will learn how to access and use the Arduino software in a virtual environment using virtual components. No equipment necessary!

Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone.


Using Jamulus for low latency Virtual Jam sessions

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 31
Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Syncing audio over the internet for band practice and jam sessions is difficult with conferencing software like Zoom and Google meets. This student-led workshop will introduce participants to Jamulus software designed for virtual music sessions. Jamulus is designed for musicians who need to practice virtually by allowing users to join a central server letting Jamulus do all the work of syncing and broadcasting. In this session participants will setup their own Jamulus client. We’ll walk you through what you need to start, how to connect to a public server and how to create your own private server. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca. Jamulus is cross-platform and free. Software isn’t required to participate but feel free to download.

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.

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


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.

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.

December 2020

Build Your Own Creative Portfolio

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

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

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


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.


September 2020

Pitching through storytelling

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

This interactive workshop highlights tools for building and telling your pitch as a story. Storytelling helps speakers engage and connect with an audience, as well organize the information and research. This workshop will help you consider what type of story you would like to tell, how to tweak your story for different audiences, and how to find and fill gaps in your story using tools from the Library.

This workshop is designed for students who have an interest in presenting their businesses, inventions, creative ideas, ventures, or other products or activities to a group: potential investors, contributors, collaborators, or others.

Instructor: Reece Steinberg

* All members of the Ryerson community are welcome.

** Please have your my.ryerson login info available so you can access the Library collection during this workshop.


3 great reasons to use the Ryerson Library

Date:  September 16 

Time: 11 a.m. – 12  p.m.

Welcome to the Ryerson Library!  We know that this year will be a different university experience than what you were expecting, but we want you to know that Ryerson Librarians are here for you and we will do all we can to help make your academic experience a successful one. In this workshop we will provide you with three great reasons to use the Ryerson Library through its virtual services. We will also show you the Library’s extensive collection of online resources, tools you can use for your course assignments and provide tips on how to use them effectively. Come meet some of your librarians and learn about all the ways we can all help you throughout the coming year.


Hints and Tips for Passing the Canadian Basic/Advance Operation Drone Pilot Exams

Date: September 22, 2020
Time: 11 a.m – Noon

This workshop is designed to help interested researchers with assistance for preparing for the Basic or Advance Operation Drone Pilot Exam. This is not a course, but rather a guide on where to obtain some of the materials for the exam, with strategies and how to prepare.

Library Instructor: Jimmy Tran

This session is open to the Ryerson Community


Pitching through storytelling

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m

This  interactive workshop highlights tools for building and telling your pitch as a story. Storytelling helps speakers engage and connect with an audience, as well as organize the information and research. This workshop will help you consider what type of story you would like to tell, how to tweak your story for different audiences, and how to find and fill gaps in your story using tools from the Library.

Designed for students who have an interest in presenting their businesses, inventions, creative ideas, ventures, or other products or activities to a group: potential investors, contributors, collaborators, or others.

Library instructor: Reece Steinberg

* All members of the Ryerson community are welcome.

** Please have your my.ryerson login info available so you can access the Library collection during this workshop.Register


Navigating the Library’s e-Resources

Date: September 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.Register


3 great reasons to use the Ryerson Library

Date:  September 23

Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Welcome to the Ryerson Library!  We know that this year will be a different university experience than what you were expecting, but we want you to know that Ryerson Librarians are here for you and we will do all we can to help make your academic experience a successful one. In this workshop we will provide you with three great reasons to use the Ryerson Library through its virtual services. We will also show you the Library’s extensive collection of online resources, tools you can use for your course assignments and provide tips on how to use them effectively. Come meet some of your librarians and learn about all the ways we can all help you throughout the coming year.Register


Project management for graduate student research design 

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

Working on small or large-scale projects, and have no idea how to start? Work with Tanya Pobuda, 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.

Instructor: Tanya Pobuda

This session is open to the Ryerson community, but primarily intended for graduate students. Space is limited.Register

August 2020

Introduction to 3D Printing for 3D Prototyping

Date:  August 12
Time:  11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This workshop introduces participants to 3D design basics for the purposes of 3D prototype printing. This workshop will introduce the concept of designing something to be made with 3D printing or some other method of fabrication.

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

** Participants will require Fusion 360 and/or SolidWorks to follow along.

Library instructor: Jimmy Tran


Build your own Creative Portfolio

Date:  August 18
Time:  3 p.m. – 4 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.

Instructor: Tanya Pobuda and Cristina Pietropaolo


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

Date:  August 19 
Time: 5 p.m. – 6 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


3 great reasons to use the Ryerson Library

Date:  August 19 
Time: 11 a.m. – 12  p.m

Welcome to the Ryerson Library!  We know that this year will be a different university experience than what you were expecting, but we want you to know that Ryerson Librarians are here for you and we will do all we can to help make your academic experience a successful one. In this workshop we will provide you with three great reasons to use the Ryerson Library through its virtual services. We will also show you the Library’s extensive collection of online resources, tools you can use for your course assignments and provide tips on how to use them effectively. Come meet some of your librarians and learn about all the ways we can all help you throughout the coming year.  

Library instructors:  Reece Steinberg and Don Kinder


3 great reasons to use the Ryerson Library

Date:  August 24 
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Welcome to the Ryerson Library!  We know that this year will be a different university experience than what you were expecting, but we want you to know that Ryerson Librarians are here for you and we will do all we can to help make your academic experience a successful one. In this workshop we will provide you with three great reasons to use the Ryerson Library through its virtual services. We will also show you the Library’s extensive collection of online resources, tools you can use for your course assignments and provide tips on how to use them effectively. Come meet some of your librarians and learn about all the ways we can all help you throughout the coming year.  

Library instructors:  Reece Steinberg and Don Kinder


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

Date: August 26
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.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


Virtual Board Gaming: Paperback Edition!

Date: August 27
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Play Paperback with friends old and new this month on Tabletopia. 

This month’s game is Paperback, to be played on the board game platform Tabletopia. Play games with friends no matter where they are in the world.

If you’ve never played before, you’ll be walked through the process! If you like, you can familiarize yourself with game beforehand, here.

* Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.** This session is open to the Ryerson community. Sign up for a free Tabletopia account to participate in this session.

Library instructor: Tanya Pobuda

July 2020

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

Date: July 8
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 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


Drones for Research: Canadian Laws & Regulations

Date: July 16
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

A short workshop on Canadian Laws and Regulations for flying Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs)/drones and how to be certified. Participants will go through Canadian laws and regulations to learn how to legally and safely use drones for their research. Some applications of drones in research projects will also be presented.

Library instructors: Dan Jakubek and Jimmy Tran


Art in Motion: Basic Animation Techniques for Creating 2D & 3D Cinematics

Date: July 21
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This workshop will focus on using Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, AfterEffects and PremierePro to create 2D cinemagraphs of paintings and 3D cinemagraphs of still photography. Participants will be guided through the process of transforming paintings into basic animations, as well as show how video can be edited with still photography to create animated gifs used in animated photography. The goal of the workshop is for participants to be able to enhance their already existing content, and to provide them with alternative methods of creating  augmented content.

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

** Participants will require Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, AfterEffects and PremierePro to follow along with the facilitator, and may require some basic familiarity with the software. Software is not available through Ryerson, but must be purchased separately.

Facilitated by Library Collaboratory member: Michael Carter-Arlt

Identifying weight discrimination in research

Date: July 23
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Weight and size bias and discrimination in research can be present in a wide variety of subjects, from health fields to social sciences, business, and beyond. Interested in discussing methods to avoid this type of bias? This interactive online workshop focuses on evaluating resources for implicit and explicit weight and size bias, and how study design, keywords and search strategies can bias results. 

Instructor:  Reece Steinberg


Creating an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbot

Date: July 23
Time: 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

This quick start session will show you the basics of creating a chatbot from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) portfolio of tools, including Amazon Lex. Learn the basics and discuss the psychological and sociological implications of UX copywriting in this provocative quick-start training session.

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

Library instructor: Tanya Pobuda


Virtual Board Gaming on Tabletopia: Dice Thrones

Date: July 30
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This month join us for Dice Throne played on the board game platform Tabletopia. Play games with friends no matter where they are in the world.

If you’ve never played before, you’ll be walked through the process! If you like, you can familiarize yourself with game beforehand, here.

* Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.

Library instructor: Tanya Pobuda

June 2020

Introduction to Adobe Lightroom for Post-Production

Date: June 11, 2020 
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

An introductory session exploring important functions and applications of Adobe Lightroom, particularly for photographic post-production. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the software’s interface, modules, and tools for use in photographic post-production and archive management. Workshop followed by a short Q&A.

* This session is open to the Ryerson community. Participants will need Adobe Lightroom to participate. Beginners are welcome, no experience is necessary. Space is limited.

Library Collaboratory member: Nathaniel Brunt


The Pandemic isn’t Fake News: Fighting Harmful Narratives with Credible Sources

Date: June 18, 2020
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


Writing the Story of Your Research for Audio 

Date: June 18
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ever thought about the different ways you could present your graduate research? Seeking a creative outlet, but don’t want to get derailed? Podcasts and radio features require a different kind of narrative that can even lead you to reexamine your research or understand it from another perspective. In this virtual workshop, participants will learn about telling the engaging story of research and writing for audio, and adapting from their academic writing. 

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

Library instructor: Cristina Pietropaolo

The Pandemic isn’t Fake News: Fighting Harmful Narratives with Credible Sources

Date: June 23, 2020
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 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


Demystifying the Literature Review

Date:  June 24, 2020
Time:  2 p.m. – 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. 

 Library instructor:  Jane Schmidt


Virtual Board Gaming on Tabletopia

Date: June 26, 2020
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Did you know that playing games has been correlated to a reduction in cognitive fatigue? Join us for virtual board gaming over Tabletopia. Learn to play some of the world’s most popular board games and discuss the core mechanics of board games and game design.

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


Getting Started with Systematic Reviews

Date:  June 29, 2020
Time:  2 p.m. – 3:00 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 guide in advance of the session.

Library instructor:  Cecile Farnum