Although much has changed at UVA due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the Library continues to offer a robust calendar of workshops, classes, and activities for faculty and students. Some classes are even more relevant now that more research is being conducted in the virtual world.
Check the Library calendar and register to get a Zoom link, then set up your computer wherever you feel the most comfortable and get the semester off to a successful start! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned researcher, the Library has expert instructors who will guide you through basic knowledge or the latest technological innovations.
Below is just a sampling of the many workshops offered by the Library in the fall semester:
- ArcGIS Pro — Friendly, step by step, jargon-free tutorials guide you through making maps with the world’s most popular Geospatial Information Systems software. Other workshops will show you how to overlay historical maps on modern aerial photography and how to generate points on a map with ArcGIS’s XY data tool. Classes with be recorded and made available for reference, along with slides and hand-outs.
- Zotero — Learn to use the open-source reference manager that allows researchers to store, manage, and cite book titles, articles, reports, web pages, artwork, films, letters, manuscripts, sound recordings, and more. In addition to exporting author, title, and publication fields as formatted references, Zotero can sense what types of resources you are viewing (such as journal articles, newspaper stories, or library books) and automatically extract and save complete bibliographic references. The program supports over 9,000 citation styles, allowing you to format your work to match any style guide or publication. More important, in the present environment of limited personal contact, Zotero allows you to share research and create group libraries among colleagues.
- Research and Writing Café — When you are ready to start writing, or if you just need to carve out some dedicated writing time in your work-from-home routine, drop by the Library Research and Writing Café via Zoom each Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ET throughout the semester. Each session begins with a quick check-in to discuss what you are working on and want to accomplish. The rest of the session will be dedicated to writing while librarians are available for support via chat. You bring the coffee; the Library will stream the coffee house music! Open to all graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff.
- Just for fun — With the fall holidays coming up, the Library has Halloween and Thanksgiving kits you can use to make holiday-themed light-up cards or decorations! Register to make sure a bag is available for you to pick up at the RMC info desk on the 3rd floor of Clemons, October 26-30 for Halloween and November 16-20 for Thanksgiving.