Upcoming Workshops Spring 2012

This fall the library, VMR and DML staff will be offering a series of workshops. Refer to the table below for schedule of topics and location information.

Date Workshop Instructor Time Location
Jan 24 Document Scanning Tom 1:00-2:30 Bookeye/DML
Jan 26 Wiki Clinic Kimon 12:15-1:30 DML
Jan 31 Document Scanning Tom 1:00-2:30 Bookeye/DML
Feb 2 Productivity Apps Kimon 12:15-1:30 DML
Feb 7 Advanced Photoshop Terrance 2:00-4:00 VMR
Feb 9 TrueSerials Erin/Heather 12:15-1:30 DML or SSR (TBA)
Feb 14 Prezi Kimon 1-2:30 DML
Feb 16 Photoshop Alternatives Terrance 12:15-1:30 DML
Feb 21 Filemaker Pro Kimon 1:30-3:00 DML
Feb 23 Advanced Filemaker Kimon 12:15-1:30 DML
Mar 15 Zotero Kimon 12:15-1:30 DML
Apr 3 Style & Citation Clinic Erin 1:00-2:30 310
Apr 4 Presentation Clinic Kimon and Sara Rubinow 2:00-4:00 DML
Apr 12 Style & Citation Clinic Erin 12:15-1:30 310

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Workshop Descriptions

Web Platforms

Wiki Clinic - Unlike the more structured wiki workshops, wiki clinic is a chance for you to talk to the DML staff about specific ways to improve your wiki. Want to add a blog to your wiki? Want to know how to do more precise things with images and captions? Still unsure how to embed media? The wiki clinic is your chance to ask questions and get answers.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|sadimarek#sadimareK nomiK

Wikis Workshop (Beginner) - This workshop introduces users to the wiki platform used throughout the BGC for courses, events, and organizational purposes. This introductory workshop covers creating a Wikidot account, adding new pages and links, editing and formatting text, embedding images, and uploading and linking to files.(outline)
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|sadimarek#sadimareK nomiK

Wikis Workshop (Advanced) - This workshop will focus on more advanced functionality of the Wikidot platform used for wikis at the BGC. This workshop will be most useful to those who already feel comfortable with the basic editing, linking, and page creating functions of the wikis and who wish to beginning doing more advanced work. Topics will include but are not limited to embedding video and other web-based media (maps, Prezis,Google calendars, etc.), parent-child page relationships, making tables, page anchors, page templates, page styling.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|sadimarek#sadimareK nomiK

Wordpress Blogs - This workshop covers the use of the Wordpress system that runs BGC Blogs. Participants will be introduced to the basic format of a Wordpress blog, shown the back-end interface, and taught how to add posts, edit material, add links and media, and change the look and feel of their personal blogs.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|sadimarek#sadimareK nomiK


PowerPoint - This workshop will offer instruction in the range of features found in Microsoft PowerPoint. Topics will include creating slides, using and editing themes and layouts, adding and editing images and text, implementing audio and video, applying transitions and animations, and strategies for getting the most out of PowerPoint.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|male#malE braB and ude.drab.cgb|oisorbmad#oisorbma'D ecnarreT

Powerpoint/AV - Bring in an existing PowerPoint project and we'll teach you how to embed audio and/or video clips that can be played in the BGC classrooms. Learn how to use Aimersoft Media Converter in order to transform MOV (QuickTime) files into WMV files—a format supported by PowerPoint 2007 for the PC. Also discussed will be the use of Custom Animation and other features to control the timing and presentation of your video or audio track.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|male#malE braB and ude.drab.cgb|sadimarek#sadimareK nomiK

Presentation Clinic - The presentation clinic is a chance for you to bring ideas for or questions about upcoming presentations to VMR, DML, and library staff. Want to use a Prezi for the first time? Curious about a Powerpoint feature you haven't used before? Want feedback on the look and organization of your presentation. This clinic provides you with an opportunity to get some answers and help.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|izle#izlE nirE

Prezi Prezi is an online presentation tool that allows you to move away from the slide structure of Powerpoint and create presentations that occur on a zoomable digital canvas. But, Prezi is more than just a presentation tool as the lack of built-in structure of this digital canvas makes it a useful tool for visual syllabi, thought maps for research and image analysis, and for the developing of prototypes for digital projects. This workshop will introduce Prezi's simple to use toolset and show some different models of how Prezi can be used in your work.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|sadimarek#sadimareK nomiK

Photo Management and Graphic Design

Adobe Bridge - This workshop will present an overview of Adobe’s Bridge software, which is used for file management and to connect the various programs available in Adobe’s Creative Suite. We’ll begin by exploring basic functionality such as file and folder maintenance, and viewing, reviewing, and tracking images. We’ll also cover essential features that can help to streamline a workflow, like batch renaming and processing and PDF creation. Finally, we’ll focus on using the software to manage a personal image library, with particular attention given to implementing embedded metadata to facilitate long-term storage and retrieval of your images.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|oisorbmad#oisorbma'D ecnarreT

Advanced Photoshop - This workshop assumes a basic working knowledge of Adobe’s Photoshop and dives directly in to advanced tools and techniques. We’ll be covering color and tonality correction using Exposure, Levels, Curves, and Selective Color; discussing image “clean up” using the Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, and Patch tools; surveying image manipulation using transformation tools like Warp and Distort; exploring selection options like the Magic Wand, Direct Selection, and Lasso tools; and making use of Photomerge to quickly and seamlessly synthesize multiple contiguous images into a single whole.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|oisorbmad#oisorbma'D ecnarreT

Document Scanning - Covers the various scanning options available at the BGC, and the most efficient ways in which to scan text, images, multi-page documents, etc. This will include instruction on using Bookeye open-book scanner.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|yawdert#yawderT moT

Photoshop Alternatives - While Photoshop remains the gold standard for digital image editing software, it has a steep learning curve and an even steeper price tag. This workshop takes these limitations as its starting point, and from there explores several free alternatives, some locally installed, some web-based, such as GIMP, Splashup, and even Adobe's own free alternative, Photoshop Express. Rather than being a full scale tutorial for each option, consider this instead an overview of a number of differently featured applications so that you can best choose which one suits your needs.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|oisorbmad#oisorbma'D ecnarreT

Scanning and Photoshop - This workshop provides basic instruction in the use of the scanners in the DML and VMR as well as basic use of photoshop for the editing of images. Topics include size and resolution settings while scanning and the use of tools such as crop, resize, and color adjustment in Photoshop.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|oisorbmad#oisorbma'D ecnarreT

Bibliography and Research

Arc of Research - Start your spring semester off right: delve back into research mode with this “arc of scholarship” workshop on moving through four stages of the research cycle. Whether you’re thinking of ideas to study in the upcoming year, in the midst of working on a QP or thesis, or preparing a piece for publication, this is a good opportunity to check what stage your work is in currently, to see how it relates to other work in other stages of the arc of scholarship, and to think about what you can do to move your work along the research cycle.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|elknih#elkniH nyraK

Know Your Databases 1: the Avery Index - How well do you know the Avery Index? Using a scholarly index or research database effectively requires facility with its particular buttons and interface as well as knowledge of its history: how, why, and by whom is its data created? What can you expect to find there, and what will you not find? The first “Know Your Database” workshop examines the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|yawdert#yawderT moT

Know Your Databases 2: C19 - How well do you know C19? Using a scholarly index or research database effectively requires facility with its particular buttons and interface as well as knowledge of its history: how, why, and by whom is its data created? What can you expect to find there, and what will you not find? The second “Know Your Database” workshop examines C19: The Nineteenth Century Index.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|elknih#elkniH nyraK

Know Your Databases 3: Anthropology - How well do you know AnthroSource and AnthropologyPlus? Using a scholarly index or research database effectively requires facility with its particular buttons and interface as well as knowledge of its history: how, why, and by whom is its data created? What can you expect to find there, and what will you not find? The third “Know Your Database” workshop examines the BGC’s anthropology subscriptions, AnthroSource and AnthropologyPlus.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|elknih#elkniH nyraK

Know Your Databases 4: designinform - How well do you know the designinform package? Using a scholarly index or research database effectively requires facility with its particular buttons and interface as well as knowledge of its history: how, why, and by whom is its data created? What can you expect to find there, and what will you not find? The fourth “Know Your Database” workshop examines the three resources of our newest subscription, designinform.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|elknih#elkniH nyraK

Primary Sources - From objects and museum records to manuscripts, municipal records, newspapers and periodicals, biographical resources, institutional archives, and other archival collections, the numbers of primary sources used in our fields are vast, and the methods researchers use to identify, locate, and access them are equally vast and often arcane. This collaborative workshop helps demystify the process through case studies and a question/answer period; participants are also invited to bring lists of sources they’d like to find or collections they’re hoping to visit, as well as tales of archives they’ve visited or been employed by in the past.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|elknih#elkniH nyraK

Style and Citation Clinic - Helps students who are puzzling over how to best organize a paper’s bibliography or struggling to cite nontraditional formats or having any other style or citation trouble, offering a chance to bring your work to one of the Clinics for style tips, organization advice, and Chicago-based answers to any citation questions.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|htrabnesie#htrabnesiE nirE

Trueserials - Introduces this service, new to the BGC, and the ways in which it works with the print periodical collection and subscription databases, as well as relevant open access journals.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|izle#izlE nirE

Using Auction Catalogs for Research - Learn how you can better utilize auction resources in this workshop. We will cover the kinds of useful information you can find in auction and sales catalogs, explore examples in our own collection, and discuss strategies for using the online auction resources: SCIPIO and ArtfactPro.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|yawdert#yawderT moT

Zotero - This workshop introduces students to this browser-based bibliographical tool. The workshop includes an explanation of the Zotero interface, the addition of sources to a Zotero library from different locations such as WorldCat, newspapers, website, etc., the editing and management of sources in folders, the use of tags and relationships, and an introduction to the social network aspects of Zotero. (outline)
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|sadimarek#sadimareK nomiK

Database and Archive Design

Filemaker Pro/Database Design - This workshop provides introductory level instruction in the use of Filemaker Pro to design databases for research and data management. After an introduction of the FMP interface, this workshop shows students how to create a database, add tables to that database, define fields for data entry, and then create basic layouts for the entry of data. Particular emphasis will be put on pre-planning of data relationships and the development of an organized and easily manageable data framework. (Pt. 1 outline) (Pt. 2 outline)
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|sadimarek#sadimareK nomiK

Omeka Clinic - These clinics provide a chance to learn about and experiment with Omeka, an open-source tool for storing collection data and creating digital exhibitions in use here at the BGC. Omeka allows users to add items, create collections, and build digital exhibits through a web-based interface that is easy to learn but allows for many organizational and presentational possibilities. As a clinic these workshops are less structured and are open to Omeka users of any skill level who want to learn how the different tools available through the program. Participants should come with object files and metadata they would like to work with in order to make the most of the clinic.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|sadimarek#sadimareK nomiK


BGC, Google, and You This workshop will act as a focused introduction to our new institutional email system, based on Google's "Gmail", and what it means to you as a BGC staff or faculty member. We'll begin by discussing the various features that Google Apps will bring to the BGC (yes, there's more than just email), as well as analyzing some key differences between Google's approach to email and what you may be used to from using other systems. This workshop is recommended for everyone, even those who have used Gmail before.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|yelrab#yelraB kciR

Google Sketchup - This workshop provides instruction in creating 3D models using Google Sketchup. Participants are taught how to create objects, group and make components, change colors and textures, align multiple objects in space, and how to position objects within virtual space. (Usually taught with Ian Sullivan, BGC Exhibition Designer)
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|sadimarek#sadimareK nomiK

Productivity Apps - Most BGC users are comfortable use tools like Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat for the majority of their work. But, there a number of alternatives that allow for different approaches to academic work. This workshop will introduce word processors like Scrivener, cross-platform note management systems like Evernote, and mobile PDF readers like GoodReader that make managing your digital information a little easier.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|sadimarek#sadimareK nomiK

Resumé/CV Workshop - Every student, MA and PhD, should leave the BGC with both a resume and a CV – and a clear idea about when to use each. If you’d like some help with your resume or CV come to this lunchtime workshop, and get some helpful hints.
Instructor: ude.drab.cgb|nomis#nomiS otniP anelE


IT Tools and Teaching - Every semester the DML staff and the BGC faculty get together to discuss the past semester's implementation of digital technology across the BGC and address what worked best and what techniques best fit the needs of the faculty and students at the BGC. In this way professors have a forum within which to discuss how they are working with digital media, how they work similarly or differently, and what they would like to experiment with next. These colloquia have helped shape the method in which tools are implemented at the BGC and have also led to an enrichening and expansion of the instruction provided for students and faculty through the DML as well as VMR.

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