Hacking the Scholarly Workflow: Full schedule and workshop descriptions

Full schedule

See below for detailed workshop descriptions.

9:30–9:45 Welcome
9:45–11:15 Breakout 1: Discovery

Unlocking the Secrets of the Archives

Managing Your Literature with Zotero

Expert Searching: Honing your Literature Search Skills 

11:15–12:30 Lunch
12:30–2:00 Breakout 2: Working with Sources

Good Data Hygiene: Creating a Data Management Plan

Collecting, Organizing, and Describing Archival Research

The Dos and Don'ts of Spreadsheets

2:00–2:15 Coffee break
2:15–3:45 Breakout 3: Dissemination

Collaboration and Project Management for Digital Projects

Alternate Forms of Dissemination

Publishing and Sharing Your Work

3:45–4:00 Concluding remarks


Unlocking the Secrets of the Archives, Melissa Salrin

Stymied by unfruitful catalogue searches? Unsure of what to glean from a finding aid or what questions to ask in an archives? Attendees will enhance their archival intelligence and learn strategies and techniques to make their time in archives and special collections more productive and enjoyable.

Managing Your Literature with Zotero, Ali Moore

Want to make your research and writing more efficient? This breakout will introduce Zotero, a citation management tool that can help you import, organize, share, and manage your citations and documents, as well as create correctly formatted in-text citations and bibliographies in almost any style—in seconds. The session will focus on going beyond the basics to include: creating and sharing reading lists with groups, adding notes and tags to items in your Zotero repository, and discovering useful plugins to increase storage and integrate your Zotero repository with websites and word processing software.

Expert Searching: Honing your Literature Search Skills, Shannon Cheng

This breakout will focus on search strategies to maximize your results when searching the new SFU catalogue; introduce advanced features of research databases such as creating saved searches and search alerts; and provide tips to further develop effective and efficient research skills.

Good Data Hygiene: Creating a Data Management Plan, Alex Garnett

If you're anything like me, the lie you've told most in your life is "yes, I flossed regularly between my last dental appointment and now." It's important to practice the same good hygiene for your data, and—ideally—to make good decisions at the start of your project, and choose tools that help you to stay on top of your research without constantly having to remind yourself to floss. This breakout will discuss best practices in working with your data and preparing a data management plan using the Portage DMP Tool.

Collecting, Organizing, and Describing Archival Research, Kim O'Donnell and Kandice Sharren

This breakout is a practical session for image management, designed for researchers who work with rare books and archival materials. We will walk through the stages of collecting and organizing data, drawing on materials held in Special Collections to illustrate the process. Using Tropy, a free, easy-to-use open-source software, we will walk through what kinds of information it is important to record, how to import your photos into Tropy, and how to organize them.

The Dos and Don'ts of Spreadsheets, Michael Joyce and Rebecca Dowson

Spreadsheets are one of the most popular tools used to collect, organize, and even analyze our data, but there are very good and very bad spreadsheets in the world. This breakout will focus on best practices and pitfalls to avoid when building a dataset in a spreadsheet. Participants will begin building a useable spreadsheet for a personal research project.

Collaboration and Project Management for Digital Projects, Claire Battershill, Michelle Levy, Kandice Sharren, Kim O'Donnell

This session is designed to cover some of the pragmatic concerns involved in managing a large-scale digital project. The facilitators will present strategies for working collaboratively with other faculty, students, and libraries in developing a large-scale digital project and will highlight two case studies of successful collaborative digital research projects: The Women's Print History Project, directed by Dr. Michelle Levy and the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP), Co-Directed by Dr. Claire Battershill.

Alternate Forms of Dissemination, Hannah McGregor

Our institutions and funding agencies emphasize the importance of knowledge mobilization, but for many of us this begins and ends with a website. Curious what other options are available for sharing your research projects? This session will offer an overview of alternate forms of dissemination, including social media, podcasts, and more!

Publishing and Sharing Your Work, Jen Zerkee and Rebecca Dowson

This session will discuss traditional and open access publishing, with a focus on agreements and licenses and how they impact further sharing of your work. It will include an overview of Summit, SFU’s institutional repository, and walk through the process of depositing your work. It will also discuss other repositories used in the humanities.

Registration information

The workshop includes breakfast and lunch. Please note that while the workshop is free to attend, we will charge a $25 fee to those who cancel after April 8.

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