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Workshops

The AOK Library offers a variety of workshops for students, faculty, and staff at UMBC.

If you are interested in a topic but cannot attend our scheduled workshops, UMBC librarians will schedule and customize workshops to meet the needs of small groups. Request a Workshop here.



                                                                                                       


Writing Wednesday Workshop: Research 101

Presenters: Jasmine Shumaker & Kyndall Hardwick

Are you confused between Google Searching and database searching? This workshop is designed to give you an overview of how to begin the searching process, with an introduction to the AOK Library’s searching tools. Attendees will also learn about how the Writing Center can help in the writing process. Feel free to bring questions and an appetite to learn!

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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How to Write a STEM Literature Review

Presenter: Semhar Yohannes

Is writing the literature review a stumbling block? This workshop will help you to learn how to begin and advance your literature review, and how to connect your ideas to the literature in the field.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Date: Monday, September 20, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Zotero: Organize your Citations with Style

Presenter: Erin Durham

Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to organize your citations? Have you used citation software in the past but have some lingering questions? This workshop provides an overview of setting up a free Zotero account, adding sources to your Zotero library, and generating a bibliography. This will be a practical, hands-on workshop, and it is recommended that you bring your laptop (laptops will also be provided).

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Monday, September 27th
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
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How to write a Social Science/Humanities Literature Review

Presenter: Erin Durham & Drew Alfgren

What are some of the best strategies and tips for writing a literature review? Whether you are just starting out with your research or have been involved in your project for a while, this workshop is for you.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, October 6th
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Writing Wednesday Workshop: Stepping up your Research Game: Searching Strategically

Presenters: Beck Hertl & Writing Tutor TBD

Have you ever wondered how to maximize your research time? Have you wished that you could magically wake up to a perfect Works Cited page? This workshop is designed to save you research time and make it easier for you to find sources for your papers and projects. Feel free to bring in a research assignment that you are working on- this workshop features practical research strategies that you can use right away!

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint

Presenter: Semhar Yohannes & Jasmine Shumaker

An academic research poster is a visual communication tool that allows you to present your research in a clear, concise, graphic format. Learn how to create a poster that stands out. In this workshop, learn the design principles and guidelines that will help you create an effective and aesthetically pleasing poster using PowerPoint. We’ll discuss layout, fonts, colors, graphics and more.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL) Modality: Synchronous
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
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EndNote Online

Presenter: Katy Sullivan

Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references, sharing references, and accessing your references in Microsoft Word.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL) Modality: Synchronous
Date: Monday, October 18, 2021
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
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Writing Wednesday Workshop: How to Cite Sources for your Research & Writing

Presenters: Erin Durham & Writing Tutor

Do you have questions about how to cite and incorporate sources in your writing assignments? Avoid accidental plagiarism by learning how to properly cite your sources and show your skill as an academic writer & researcher.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL) Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
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Slides

How to get started with Open Educational Resources

Presenter: Erin Durham

With the rising cost of textbooks, the use of open educational resources (OER) can significantly increase student learning and success. This workshop will introduce UMBC faculty to OER repositories of peer-reviewed course materials and simple strategies for incorporating them into your classes. Whether you have explored the open access movement before or are just starting out, this interactive workshop gives you practical tools and experience champion OER in the classroom with ease.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Monday, November 8, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Writing Wednesday Workshop: Finding Your Flow: Navigating Final Papers

Presenters: Elaine MacDougall & Writing Tutor TBD

Ready to write your final paper but not sure where to start? Gather what you’ve got so far (even if it’s just the assignment description), and join us for this workshop where we will offer plenty of tips and tricks to get you motivated and excited to find your flow for your final paper!

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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Understanding MATLAB

Presenter: Semhar Yohannes

MATLAB is a popular mathematical software package that combines efficient linear algebra operations and powerful graphics with an intuitive, interactive user interface. MATLAB can be useful for a wide range of applications from basic matrix and vector manipulations to full-color 2-D and 3-D visualization. The Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Consulting (CIRC) has created the following videos to get you familiar with MATLAB. Click the link below for demo videos and associated files.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: asynchronous
Date: asynchronous

Understanding R

Presenter: Semhar Yohannes

R is a powerful open source software system for statistical computing. It has become immensely popular due to its intuitive programming language, built-in support for statistical procedures, and ability to produce beautiful graphics. R is extensible through a package system, and numerous contributions from its user community are freely available. R is available on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux platforms. The Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Consulting (CIRC) has created the following videos to get you familiar with R. Click the link below for demo videos and associated files.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: asynchronous
Date: asynchronous


Radical Roots: Uncovering Histories of Social Justice in Public History

Presenter: Dr. Denise Meringolo (UMBC Associate Professor of History and Director of Public History)

Historic sites, museums, archives, and monuments are neither neutral nor objective. Many were established to strengthen tradition, reinforce the cultural authority of elites, and inhibit change. Today, these sites have become the focal point of protest, symbols in a larger fight for inclusiveness and equality. In this talk, Dr. Denise Meringolo identifies different, less well-documented forms of public history practice, drawing attention to individuals who understood collecting, preserving, analyzing, and interpreting the past as entirely compatible with - even necessary for—productive political discourse, and embraced the potential of their work to promote social justice.

Series: Spotlight (S)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Friday, September 24th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Beyond Woke-Technocracy and the Gentrification of Liberation: (Re)Learning to Distinguish Cooperative vs. Liberatory Policy for Community Empowerment

Presenter: Lawrence Grandpre (Director of Research for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle)

Historical analysis of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements reveals that attempts to co-opt social justice movements have often been couched as attempts to do "community reinvestment". Despite this, many "leftist" have celebrated recent federal and state investments into "underserved communities", often without critically interrogating the institutional imperatives and political infrastructures behind these policies. Leader of a Beautiful Struggle Director of Research Lawrence Grandpre will analyze recent federal and state social justice interventions, arguing that, while claiming to be radical, many have served to further center decision-making power within elites institutions that adopt top-down, technocratic methodologies on how to engage Black and Brown communities, thus further disempowering the communities they claim to support. Conversely, an analysis of Baltimore's federal poverty programs and minority contracting investments in the 60s, 70s, and 80s reveal paths to an alternative vision on how to conceptualize policy approaches to community empowerment, ones that can harness the history and culture of oppressed communities to empower communities to serve as their own saviors.

Series: Spotlight (S)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, October 20th, 2012
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Resources for Theories and Practices of Radical Social Change: the Alternative Press Index

Presenter: Chuck D’Adamo (Co-editor of the Alternative Press Index)

Every social movement of radical action requires a linked movement of radical ideas. The New Left of the 1960s and 1970s developed a radical culture in journalism and academic research which challenged mainstream practices. The Alternative Press Index was founded in 1969 to document these cultural practices. This talk will discuss aspects of this development through some examples of the new periodicals which originated during this time. There will be some focus on an example of class analysis which attempts to clarify social relationships relevant for strategic practice. (The Albin O. Kuhn Library archives the periodicals of the API).

Series: Spotlight (S)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, October 27th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Activist vs. Organizer: The Language of Social Justice Movements

Presenter: Dr. Nancy Kusmaul (UMBC Associate Professor of Social Work), with UMBC students Kayla Brooks and Deysi Chitic-Amaya

The language used inside and outside social justice movements speaks volumes about what people believe the movement to be about. Yet often even those within a movement do not always agree on the terms. In this presentation, students Deysi Chitic-Amaya and Kayla Brooks, along with Faculty Advisor Dr. Nancy Kusmaul will discuss the lessons learned while collecting oral histories for From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter: Oral Histories of the Lived Experience in Baltimore during co-lab 2021. More information on this co-lab project will be available on the Center for Social Science Scholarship’s new podcast series, available sometime during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Series: Spotlight (S)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Monday, November 1st, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Teaching and Learning Radicalism in the UMBC Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Kate Drabinski (UMBC Principal Lecturer of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of WILL+ ), with UMBC students Sarah Nove and Gabe Brunal

What does "radical" mean in our classrooms? How do we teach about radicalism, particularly when the concept itself can be so politically divisive? Building on examples from her teaching about Baltimore's radical queer and feminist movements, Kate Drabinski will share strategies for teaching, learning, and thinking radically in classes, and how this work can move beyond the boundaries of UMBC.

Series: Spotlight (S)
Modality: Gallery + online (hybrid)
Date: Wednesday, November 10th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Radicalism at UMBC: The Early Years

Presenter: Dr. Fred Pincus (UMBC Emeritus Professor of Sociology)

UMBC students, faculty and staff participated in a wide range of radical social movements in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Like other students across the country, protests against the Vietnam War and systemic racism were common. Demands for more on-campus student decision-making power were also important including administration’s censorship of a literary magazine, the hiring and firing of faculty and the development of a Black Studies program. This resulted in demonstrations, sit-ins and student strikes. Dr. Pincus will also report on a small, where-are-they-now study of former activists.

Series: Spotlight (S)
Modality: Virtual
Date: Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm