Events & workshops: Community Scholars Program

Upcoming workshops

March 18: Save, Share, and Cite research with Zotero 

Are you looking for ways to organize and keep track of the research you find in the Community Scholars Portal? Join us to learn about Zotero - a free, open source tool that helps you collect, organize, cite and share your research sources. The workshop will cover:

  • How to search in the Community Scholars Portal to find relevant resource to save and cite
  • How to import articles and book chapters and organize them in Zotero using folders, tags, and notes
  • How to create a group library to share research within your work team.

March 18, 2021

***Before the workshop: Please have a look at this handout and follow the "Getting Started" instructions to: register for a Zotero account, download and install Zotero, and install the Zotero connector in your browser.
Zoom link will be provided the day before the workshop

March 31: Critical Appraisal and Research-Informed Practice 

Does your organization use a research-informed approach to planning and decision-making? How do you evaluate published research to determine if it's useful to you? This workshop will explore:

  • factors influencing research-informed practice
  • hierarchies of "evidence" -- and critiques thereof
  • schema and tools for evaluating the quality and applicability of research
  • questions beyond "what works" that might shape how you incorporate research into your practice

Please bring your knowledge and experiences so participants can learn from one another.

Wednesday, March 31
Zoom link will be provided via registration email


May 6: Finding Free and Open Scholarly Resources 

*This workshop is suitable for both registered Community Scholars and those who are not part of the Community Scholars Program. 

Learn how to find free and open access research. Community Scholars’ Librarians will guide you to a variety of sources that can help you stay up-to-date in your field and make evidence-based decisions, cite credible sources in upcoming grants, and continue to develop your program innovations.

12:00-12:50 -The session begins with an exploration of the research publishing landscape and ways that researchers without an academic affiliation can freely access academic publications.  We will focus on public and open access resources and tools.

1:00-1:30 - After a short break, learn more about the Community Scholars Program as a unique solution to research access, including how you can get involved. 

Stay for the first part or the whole session.

Thursday, May 6
Zoom link will be provided the day before the session

Upcoming information sessions

Are you currently working at a BC non-profit or charity and want to learn more about Community Scholars? We frequently host in-person meetings around the province for you to meet a Community Scholars Librarian, learn about the program and how you can get involved, and connect with other non-profits and charities in your region.

See May 6 workshop in section above.

Upcoming journal club meetings

Journal clubs are like book clubs, but with scholarly articles as the reading material. Community Scholars gather semi-monthly to discuss a research article from the Community Scholars Portal that is relevant to the work they do. An important part of journal clubs is reflections from the participants about how their own experiences affirm, counter, trouble, or otherwise relate to the readings. You can see our past meetings and readings on the All Community Scholars Workshops page.

Sign-up here to receive notifications about upcoming journal club meetings for either of the groups mentioned below.

Check out our Tips on reading and evaluating academic papers to help get the most out of the journal club papers and other articles that you read.

Are you intrigued by the idea of a Journal Club and think it might work for you with a different topic or theme? Please get in touch! 

Supporting Seniors Journal Club

Next Meeting: TBD

Journal Club on Housing & Homelessness

Next Meeting: TBD

Past workshops and events

Please visit our listing of All Community Scholars Workshops to see the full list of workshops and events we've offered in the past.