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ASIS&T Productivity Workshop March 6, 2010

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Last Thursday, March 4, UBC’s ASIS&T student organization hosted another in its recurring student-led workshop series. Members Alex Garnett and Justyna Berzowska led 20-minute presentations on the open source citation management platform Zotero, and the collaborative wiki solution PBworks, respectively.

Approximately twenty SLAIS students were in attendance. Alex began with a functional overview of how to import several different resource types into Zotero, as well as how to make use of its built-in web annotation and PDF metadata lookup features. He concluded with a demonstration of the Microsoft Word 2007 Zotero plugin, using just a few clicks to compile a brief bibliography of the books, journal articles, and websites he’d worked through as examples.

Justyna began the workshop’s second half with an overview of best practices for using PBworks, including effective sidebar management and the logistics of embedding files in the workspace. She also provided a demonstration of some of the embeddable “gadgets” available within PBworks (e.g. a calendar), noting a favorite quandary of web design: “Is this useful or shiny?”.

Both students remained afterward to answer questions and engage participants with the software in greater depth. Cheers, guys!

Open Access Week keynote speaker, Frits Pannakoek October 22, 2009

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Frits Pannakoek, president of Athabasca University, delivered a keynote for UBC’s Open Access week that was a call to action for librarians. Forty percent of the world’s population is currently in the teenage years, and two hundred thousand potential students among them will be competing for three-quarters as many opportunities in higher education; what, he implored us, is to be done? He admitted that Athabasca’s own initiative was born of financial need – they simply couldn’t afford to maintain journal subscriptions. From Athabasca’s crisis came Pannakoek’s supplication: the “World’s Best First Year.” Librarians, he implored, should take it upon themselves collocate the best possible set of materials for learning a relatively obtuse yet popular subject (i.e., he clarified, calculus), which could then be used by anybody, anywhere. The audience was told confidently that proceeds would still be collected from a need for user support, and from the ever-important need to issue credentials. The imminent need, in Pannakoek’s view, was that librarians make themselves present at the bargaining table, if not for which “we’d have chaos.” The speech, which was jointly televised at UBC Okanagan, was met by applause from librarians and non-librarians alike, and began the conference on a definitively optimistic note.

-Alex Garnett

ASIS&T citation workshop October 15, 2009

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Today was the debut of a new ongoing series of student led workshops sponsored by the UBC student ASIST organization.  Our innaugral topic, presented by Dan Hooker & Emileigh Kinnear was Managing Citations with Zotero and Word.

About 10 students took time from their busy schedule to attend the workshop which started out with Dan presenting on Zotero.  He showed us some of the available features including how to import and export references and grab references from various web pages automatically.  How to change the default citation style on the fly and other brief features such as adding by ISBN or DOI number and info about an Open Office plugin that is an additional option in citation management.  More documentation available at www.zotero.org

The second half of the workshop focused on Word 2007’s built in citation features.  Navigating the active text and drop down fields she demonstrated how to convert citation styles, manage both in-text and final bibliographies and how to work within the available citation fields.

Handouts were provided and they both remained afterword to answer questions.

Great job guys!!

Note:  Our second workshop will be held Nov. 5th at 12:00.  We will be demo-ing two open source content management systems popular in libraries today (Joomla and Drupal) including a live demo of an active library site.  Hope to see you there!

-Ro McKernan

October meeting minutes posted October 15, 2009

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The minutes from our October meeting have now been posted. You can find them in the Minutes section of our About page, or you can click here.

Meeting October 8th, 11am September 25, 2009

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The next ASIS&T student chapter meeting will take place on:

October 8th
11 am
IKBLC room 491

Agenda items:

  • Student workshop series advertising and update
  • ASIS&T Annual Meeting update
  • Student business cards for Annual Meeting

Hope to see you all there!

Term end meeting: April 1, 1-2pm March 15, 2009

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We’ve confirmed the date of our term end meeting:

April 1
Room 461
(that’s the one outside SLAIS, not the one by the lounge)

We’ll be doing a little business and having students talk about their experiences in the technology courses at SLAIS. Hope you all can make it!

Zotero workshop: Citing up a storm February 1, 2009

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“Oh, Xuemei, I’m glad I came today!” Cindy Mack, SLAIS student

9 students and 1 prospective student gathered in the SLAIS Terrace lab on the 29th to learn about Zotero.  In just two hours we explored the ins and outs of this amazing free citation management tool.  All participants were very impressed with the extensive features and flexiblity Zotero could offer.  Xuemei Li, 2nd year MLIS student, did an excellent job inspiring us all to learn this new tool and all participants plan to make the most of Zotero for our upcoming research activities.

Xuemei Li at the ASIS&T Zotero workshop
Xuemei Li at the ASIS&T Zotero workshop

For those who missed the session, the Google site is still available with step-by-step instructions and screenshots:
http://sites.google.com/site/zoteroworkshopsite/. This is an incredible resources for anyone getting started with Zotero.  Thanks Xuemei!

Xuemei prepared this workshop as part of the Digital Media Project, a partnership between SLAIS and the Chapman Learning Commons.  This project focuses on social networking and digital media tools to enhance student’s learning experience.  For more information about the project and other upcoming workshops please visit the Digital Media Project blog: http://ubcdigitalmediaproject.wordpress.com/

Don’t forget to come to the ASIS&T sponsored iGoogle and Delicious session, next Wednesday from 12-2pm in the SLAIS Terrace Lab.