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Reminder: Back Up Your Work When Using Public Workstations and Laptops

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Public computers and laptops in Olin and Uris Libraries have been updated; there is no longer any temporary storage space on our public computers.  Once a computer is restarted, your work is gone.

Please make sure to backup your work to a USB, or via the cloud using

If you do not have a USB on you, check at the circulation and reference desks.  They have a number of USB drives available that you can borrow.

Digital Scholarship Series Workshops October 30th – November 13th

Olin and Uris Libraries are offering a special schedule of workshops this fall under the banner: Digital Scholarship Series. The “Digital Scholarship Series” is intended to highlight tools and concepts that students and faculty might find useful as they navigate the world of Digital Scholarship.

Please sign up in advance for the workshops.

10/30/2014 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm  Advanced Zotero

Whether you’re just starting a research paper or preparing a draft of your dissertation, Zotero can be a useful tool for managing your research. This session will cover advanced features will help you maximize your use of Zotero. This session is intended for researchers who have started using Zotero, but want to learn more about features like groups, notes, tagging, and more. Bring your questions and a laptop with Zotero installed.

10/31/2014 – 10:00am – 12:00pm  Introduction to ArcGIS I

This workshop will familiarize you with some of the basic concepts and features of ArcGIS and some fundamentals of GIS mapping and analysis. You will work with map layers and attribute data tables for U.S. states, counties and cities.
You will learn where and how to get the necessary data. You will also learn how to build a map from existing GIS data.

11/05/2014 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm  Organize, Safeguard, Update: Managing your digital research files workshop

What is the best way to manage your digital assets over time? How do you safeguard your data from technical obsolescence or accidental loss? Whether it’s your email, digital photographs, research papers, or personal documents, data preservation requires strategic thinking and action planning. This introductory session will explore various approaches to managing and preserving your digital data over time. We will discuss establishing your own personal archive; different back-up strategies; file migration; and workflow/tracking methods. Attendees will leave with guidelines and practical resources to begin managing their personal archives.

11/07/2014 – 10:00am – 12:00pm  Introduction to ArcGIS II

Prerequisite: Session I on October 31st.

You will learn to create, import and display coordinates, import and join data spreadsheets and other advanced features of the software, e.g. tabular editing with the field calculator, geocoding and georeferencing, and conversion of KML format files to ArcGIS.

11/13/2014 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm  Text Mining: Hands-on Exploration

What is “distant reading”? What is “computational analysis” or “algorithmic analysis”? What types of things can be revealed through “text mining” and what might a “visualization” of these discoveries look like? As texts move online, new ways to use them are starting to emerge. Scholars in the humanities are already embracing new methods of inquiry in their traditional fields.

This workshop will provide a brief framework for understanding text as data, but the largest portion will be dedicated to a hands-on exploration using machine algorithms and visualization. Bring your curiosity and your questions – no technical background is required. We will explore challenges inherent to this methodology and strategies to address them. Questions and discussion are encouraged and skeptics are welcome. If there is enough interest, we will set up consultations to explore tools in an informal setting at a later date.

“Designing Effective Presentations” Workshop

Learn the basics of creating dynamic visual presentations in any discipline, whether you use PowerPoint or Keynote as your presentation software.
In this workshop we will show you where to find images that can be used legally and ethically, and give tips to design visually compelling slides that will get your points across effectively and boost your confidence as a presenter.

The workshop will take place October 29th from 12 pm to 1 pm in Olin Library 106G.  Please register in advance.

“Get Started with Evernote” Workshop

Evernote can be a powerful tool for saving, annotating, and organizing ideas and sources. We’ll look at how you can maximize your use of Evernote as a free and flexible research and productivity app across multiple platforms and devices.

The workshop will take place October 28th from 12 pm to 1 pm in Olin Library 106G.  Please register in advance.

Featured Libguide: “American Literature: A Guide to Resources”

Subject expertise from Cornell University Librarians is available 24 hours a day through Library Guides. These guides, which provided curated lists of resources on a variety of subjects, classes, and skills, can be found from the front page of the Cornell Library website.

Guides CUL

Today’s featured guide, American Literature: A Guide to Resources, was created by  Reference and Instruction Librarian, Fred Muratori.

If you still have questions, or prefer to contact us in person or via email, phone or chat: Ask a Librarian.

Book Talk: A Plague of Informers: Conspiracy and Political Trust in William III’s England

The Olin Book Talks series is part of the Cornell University Library’s Chats in the Stacks program. Olin Book Talks feature the latest in Cornell humanities and social science scholarship, as Cornell faculty members read from their recent publications and answer questions from their audience.

Join us on October 22nd at 4:30 pm for a Chats in the Stacks book talk to hear more about A Plague of Informers: Conspiracy and Political Trust in William III’s England (Yale University Press, January 2014), an important contribution to our understanding of politics and transitions in governments.

Rachel Judith Weil is professor of history and director of graduate studies at Cornell University and the author of Political Passions: Gender, the Family, and Political Argument in England, 1680-1714. She teaches courses in early modern English and British History (covering 1500-1800), early modern Europe, gender history, intellectual and cultural history, and the early modern Atlantic World.

This event is hosted by Olin Library. Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing, and light refreshments served.

Open Access Week Events (October 20th – 26th) at Olin, Mann and Uris Libraries

Open Access

Tuesday, Oct. 21. 4:30pm. Olin 106G

Workshop: Publishing in a Networked Era: Open Access & Open Data (please register in advance)

How does Open Access affect the research and publishing process? What are the pros and cons of Open Access? Join us for an informal discussion and Q&A session led by Oya Rieger, Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services.

We’ll explore the current scholarly communication trends and emerging mandates for making the results of funded-research outcomes, such as peer reviewed papers and data, openly available to the public. This will be an informal opportunity to discuss nascent trends around open access, including the ethos of publishing, open knowledge, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Wednesday, Oct. 22. 1:30pm. Olin Library 702

Graduate Student Discussion Group: Digital Scholarship Coffee Hour.

In celebration of Open Access Week, drop by Olin 702 and talk about the principles, practices, philosophies, and considerations of Open Access as a model for sharing research and ideas.

Thursday, Oct. 23. 1:00pm. Mann Library Room 100

Workshop:Repositories, Authors’ Rights, and Open Access  (please register in advance)

Navigating the current tension that exists between between scholars’ need to disseminate their works widely and the restrictions traditional scholarly publication can place on such dissemination is no easy matter. Luckily, many resources exist at Cornell and beyond to help both librarians and faculty make the right decisions, and to help the former advise the latter.

This session will discuss not only the open access digital repositories available at Cornell, but also tools scholars can use to find and vet open access publishers, determine traditional publishers’ policies on open access repositories, and negotiate the retention of rights that otherwise might be signed away to those publishers. Successful scholars disseminate their works both within the traditional publishing sphere and beyond it; this workshop provides the resources to achieve that success.

Thursday, Oct. 23. 1:00pm. Olin 106G

Workshop: Wikipedia Editing (please register in advance)

Interested in becoming a Wikipedian and improving the open educational content of this online encyclopedia? The first thirty minutes of this class will be a short introduction to how Wikipedia works, why getting involved in it matters, and an overview of the basics of editing for new and beginning editors. The introduction will be followed by a hands-on editing session.

You don’t have to be an expert to contribute – just bring your questions and topics that you’re interested in working on to start.

Umbrellas are Available at Olin and Uris Circulation Desks

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Olin and Uris Circulation desks are now circulating a limited amount of umbrellas.  The loan period is three days.  Umbrellas can be returned to any library circulation desk on the Ithaca campus.

“Finding Images and Visual Media” Workshop October 17th

Join us on October 17th at 1 pm  for an introduction to finding and using images and visual media from Cornell’s digital image collections and other resources. We will survey Flickr, image search engines and other free image resources, as well as the image collections and databases available on campus.  The session will take place in Uris Classroom B05.  Please register in advance.

” Introduction to Zotero for PDF and Citation Management” Workshop on October 16th

Join us on October 16th at 1pm  for a hands-on workshop that will introduce you to the free PDF and citation management tool, Zotero ( This session will cover the basics of how to add citations and PDFs and how to create bibliographies in various formats.  The session will take place in Olin Room 106G.

If you’re already using Zotero and want to learn how to use it more efficiently, consider attending our Advanced Zotero workshop. Bring your own laptop to this session. Please download and install Zotero before the workshop.  Please register in advance.

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