The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Category: Events

Mondays
9:30-11 a.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 22, W. E. B. Du Bois Center

Join the W. E. B. Du Bois Center for a weekly light breakfast and discussion of a text by or about Du Bois. All are welcome.

This series takes place every Monday except for the following dates:
Dec. 23
Dec. 30
Jan. 20
May 25

Second Friday of Every Month
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library
Learning Commons, Lower Level, Room 43


The UMass Assistive Technology Center (ATC) will be having an open house every second Friday of the month.

Stop by the center and check out some helpful software/tools/devices to accommodate your learning style and ensure that you everything you need to start the school year.

All workshops' registration information forthcoming. Some workshop dates/times subject to change.

Get to Know the New PubMed

Friday, Jan. 31, 10-11 a.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Ellen Lutz
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff


Thursday, Feb. 20, 2-3 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Ellen Lutz
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2-3 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Ellen Lutz
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Learn about new features and enhancements available in the new version of PubMed, as well as some tips for more efficient & effective searching.

Anime, Manga, and Graphic Novels as Scholarship

Thursday, Feb. 6, 3-3:30 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Maria Rios
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

What does it "mean" to be a piece of scholarship? The goal of this workshop is to expand the definition of what “scholarship” is to encompass anime, manga, and graphic novels.

Getting Started with Zotero

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-Noon
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Melanie Radik
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty


Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2-3 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Melanie Radik
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty

Designed for first-time Zotero users and those who have some experience but would like more grounding in the basics, this workshop will guide you through organizing your library, downloading new sources, adding sources you already have, editing sources, and using Zotero with Word for writing papers. Please bring your laptop with Zotero already installed, including the desktop, Word plugin, and browser add on, and signing up for an online account. If you have trouble installing Zotero, please contact the IT Help Desk before the workshop.

Getting Started with Mendeley

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2-3 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Anne Graham and Rebecca Reznik-Zellen
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty

Friday, Feb. 21, 2-3 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Anne Graham and Rebecca Reznik-Zellen
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty

This workshop will guide you through organizing your library, downloading new sources, adding sources you already have, editing sources, and using Mendeley with Word for writing papers. Please bring your laptop with Mendeley already installed, including the desktop, Word plugin, and browser add on, and signing up for an online account. If you have trouble installing Mendeley, please contact the IT Help Desk before the workshop.

PTRC (Patent & Trademark Resource Center) Services

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1-2 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Circulation Desk
Instructor: Paulina Borrego
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff, Amherst Community

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m.-Noon
Science and Engineering Library, Circulation Desk
Instructor: Paulina Borrego
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff, Amherst Community

Come learn about the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) PTRC program and the resources and services it has to offer to patrons, free of charge.

Your Publishing Contract

Thursday, Feb. 13, 1-2 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Laura Quilter
Audience: Graduate students, Faculty

If you have ever published or hope to publish, you will likely be presented with a contract drafted by a lawyer. Do you know what rights you’re giving away? Do you know what rights you should keep? Come learn about about the anatomy of a contract, what’s worth bargaining for, and how to bargain, with copyright attorney Laura Quilter. Bring your contract or just your questions.

Getting Started with RefWorks

Friday, Feb. 14, 2-3 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Ellen Lutz
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty

Friday, Feb. 26, 2-3 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Ellen Lutz
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty

This workshop will guide you through organizing your library, downloading new sources, adding sources you already have, editing sources, and using RefWorks with Word and Google Docs for writing papers. Please bring your laptop with RefWorks already installed, including the desktop, Word plugin, and browser add on, and signing up for an online account. If you have trouble installing RefWorks, please contact the IT Help Desk before the workshop.

YouTube's Copyright System

Tuesday, Feb. 18, Noon-1 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Laura Quilter
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty

Do you use YouTube video platforms to share videos, or to teach with? What do you need to know about YouTube’s ContentID system and copyright claims? Come learn about responding to copyright claims, synch licensing for videos, and finding music for your videos. 

Tools for Managing Your Scholarly Identity: ORCID

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 3-4 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Christine Turner
Audience: Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Thursday, Apr. 16, 1-2 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Christine Turner
Audience: Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a free, unique, persistent, and universal digital identifier. Come learn how an ORCID can help you manage and promote your scholarly identity and research outputs. We’ll look at some robust ORCID profiles, go through the quick registration process and populate your profile with relevant data. Note: ORCID registration is required for doctoral dissertation and masters theses submissions to ScholarWorks.

3D Modeling for 3D Printing

Thursday, Feb. 20, 4-5 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 16, Room 1620
Instructor: Dennis Spencer
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Learn to 3D model for 3D printing. Various types of modeling will be introduced with a hands-on experience with Fusion 360 to follow.

Mapping Data with QGIS 1: Learn the Basics of GIS

Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-Noon
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Becky Seifried
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

New to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and not sure where to start? You’re in luck! This workshop will cover the basics of GIS, including coordinate systems and the types of geospatial data (vectors vs. rasters). SKILLS GAINED: Attendees will practice opening a sample spatial dataset in QGIS, identifying the dataset’s coordinate system, reprojecting the data to a new system, and changing the display properties to visually explore the attribute data.

Open Educational Resources 101

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 10-11 a.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Jeremy Smith
Audience: Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Thursday, Mar. 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Jeremy Smith
Audience: Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

How well do you know the Learning Commons? Join us for a crash course in learning the ins, outs, workarounds, and secrets of one of the most popular places on campus. You’ll take a tour of the floor, learn about the different services and resources that are available, and get a few insider tips and hints on how to make the most of your LC experience. Ideal for undergraduates.

Japanese 4-Hole Binding Workshop

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 4-5:30 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 22, Room 2249
Instructor: Sharon Domier
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Wednesday, Mar. 25, Noon-1 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 22, Room 2249
Instructor: Sharon Domier
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Learn how to make and then take home your own book using the Japanese 4-hole binding technique. We will be using paper, glue, thread, needles, hammers and awls. Perfect opportunity to clear your head and get away from the computer.

Teaching with Visible Body: Human Anatomy Atlas

Thursday, Feb. 27, 10-11 a.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Ellen Lutz and vendor rep
Audience: Graduate students, Faculty

Looking for ways to help your students learn or re-learn anatomy? Representatives from Visible Body will share different ways that the 3D Human Anatomy Atlas can be used inside and outside the classroom.

Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Ellen Lutz and vendor rep
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Did you ever wonder where your spleen is? Curious about the duodenum? The Human Anatomy Atlas lets you examine human anatomy in great detail. Come and learn about this tool and how to use it.

Mapping Data with QGIS 2: Find (and Create) Geospatial Data

Friday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-Noon
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Becky Seifried
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

This workshop is aimed at GIS beginners who are excited to start playing around with real geospatial data. We will browse through some of the best websites to find GIS data and cover important concepts in data management, including how to create new datasets, convert between formats, and organize files. SKILLS GAINED: Attendees will find and download a GIS dataset from a government source, generate a new shapefile in different ways, convert between vectors and rasters, and practice renaming files.

iNaturalist for Community and Citizen Science

Friday, Feb. 28, 2-3:30 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Melanie Radik
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff, Community

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2-3:30 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Melanie Radik
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff, Community

The iNaturalist app is a free tool for engaging with the world around us. It lets anyone participate in an international Community and Citizen Science effort to track and map the wildlife that exists everywhere, even in the most urban environments. The app records the date, time, and location you snapped a pic of the plant, animal, fungi, etc. that caught your attention. It also asks you to ID your organism, as close to the species level as you can. If you don't know what you're looking at, the community of users works together to identify species. This workshop is meant to familiarize you with the app itself, not to go outside and use the app. By the end of this workshop you will have explored the app's functionality and helped to ID at least one organism. First in a series of three workshops to prepare attendees to participate in the City Nature Challenge 2020: Pioneer Valley.

How to Film a Video Interview

Thursday, Mar. 5, 10-11:30 a.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 3, Digital Media Lab
Instructor: Adam Quirós
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Thursday, Mar. 20, 10-11:30 a.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 3, Digital Media Lab
Instructor: Adam Quirós
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Recording a one-camera documentary style interview looks simple and straight-forward, but it is more complicated than it seems! This workshop will teach the best practices of planning and producing interview videos. We will cover video, audio, questioning techniques, editing tips and more.

Ancestry.com Basics

Thursday, Mar. 5, 2-3 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Kate Freedman
Audience: Advanced undergraduates;Graduate students;Faculty;Staff

Ancestry.com is among the world's largest databases of digitized primary source material. It contains a wealth of information for genealogists and historians alike. In this workshop, you will learn how to find individual names in Ancestry's database and how to make sure you found the individual that you were looking for (after all, there are a lot of John Browns and Jane Smiths in there).

How to Spot - and Avoid - a Predatory Publisher

Thursday, Mar. 5, 3-4 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Christine Turner
Audience: Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Friday, Apr. 17, 3-4 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Christine Turner
Audience: Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Need to find a reputable publisher for your research? Receiving solicitation emails to publish your work in impressively titled journals? We’ll look at examples of shady solicitations and review and apply methodologies to detect deceptive and unethical publishing practices. You’ll learn to recognize the traits of the bad actors and develop tools to avoid their traps.

Mass Aggie Seed Library

Thursday, Mar. 5, 1-2 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Mass Aggie Seed Library
Instructor: Paulina Borrego
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff, Amherst Community

Wednesday, Mar. 25, 11 a.m.-Noon
Science and Engineering Library, Mass Aggie Seed Library
Instructor: Paulina Borrego
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff, Amherst Community

Come learn about the Mass Aggie Seed Library, how it works, seed offerings, as well as books and seed saving equipment for loan.

Web APIs: An Introduction to Finding and Using Application Programming Interfaces to Directly Access Web Data

Tuesday, Mar. 10, 10 a.m.-Noon
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Eric Bloomquist
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

If you’ve ever wished you could easily access large amounts of the data from websites, the good news is that many government agencies, news outlets, and companies have set up public Web APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to allow people to do exactly that. Web APIs essentially allow you to reach “behind” the organization’s website and access data much more directly. This workshop will be a basic introduction to Web APIs, including examples and pointers to additional resources. We will also cover a basic approach to dealing with JSTOR formatted data, as that’s one of the common ways that data is returned from API requests.

Intro to Tableau Data Visualization

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 10 a.m.-Noon
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Sarah Fitzgerald and Suni Berube
Audience: Graduate students, Faculty

Graduate students and faculty are invited to an introductory workshop in creating data visualizations in Tableau. Tableau can create interactive charts and dashboards for the communication of data. This workshop will cover the steps to create a variety of types of charts in Tableau and provide you with an introduction to the uses of the software.

Stop Signing Away Your (Intellectual) Rights!: How the Open Access Policy Can Help You

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2-3 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Erin Jerome
Audience: Graduate students, Faculty

You got a grant from the University, researched and wrote an article, and have a publisher interested. But they want you to give away your copyright when they publish it. You'll need their permission to reprint your own work! And then they'll sell it back to the University that paid for some of the work in the first place! Seem unfair? We think so. Come and hear how a policy that's already in place at UMass can help break this cycle. Learn ways to retain the rights to your work while still contributing your scholarship via valid academic publishing vehicles.

Wildlife ID-a-Thon with iNaturalist

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2-3 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Melanie Radik
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff, Community

Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2-3 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Melanie Radik
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff, Community

The iNaturalist app is a free tool for engaging with the world around us. It lets anyone participate in an international Community and Citizen Science effort to track and map the wildlife that exists everywhere, even in the most urban environments. The app records the date, time, and location users snapped a pic of the wild plant, animal, fungi, etc. But not everyone can ID the organism they found! The iNaturalist community works together to identify observed wildlife down to the species level. Data like these are useful to ecology researchers, urban planners, park rangers, and more! This workshop will familiarize you with the iNaturalist species identification process, and the resources available to you for species identification. Third and final in a series of three workshops to prepare attendees to participate in the City Nature Challenge 2020: Pioneer Valley.

Bookmaking Using the Stitch and Board Method

Thursday, Mar. 12, 10 a.m.-Noon
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Sarah Hutton
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Interested in learning how to make your own books? In this workshop, we'll use traditional hand-binding techniques to create a sweet little multi-signature book to capture your prose, doodles, and beguiling memos. All tools and materials will be provided, including book board, handmade paper, and linen thread. Come fold, stitch, glue and decorate with us!

Data Visualization in R/ggplot

Friday, Mar. 13, 10 a.m.-Noon
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Abby Vander Linden
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students

In this workshop, we will cover the basics of visualizing data in R with ggplot2, a powerful graphing package for creating everything from exploratory plots to publication-quality visuals with data of all types. If you’re tired of clunky plots in base R or Excel, ggplot2 will make you feel like a data viz wizard!

An Introduction to W. E. B. Du Bois

Tuesday, Mar. 24, Noon-1 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 22, W. E. B. Du Bois Center (Room 2220)
Instructor: Adam Holmes
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Thursday, Apr. 23, Noon-1 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 22, W. E. B. Du Bois Center (Room 2220)
Instructor: Adam Holmes
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

This 1-hour workshop will provide an introduction to the life, work and legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois. It will also describe the work of the Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst.

Coding for Non-Coders

Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2:30-3:45
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 16, Room 1620
Instructor: Mark Friedman
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Have you been told that coding is too hard for "ordinary people"? That's really not true - anyone can code! Most coding classes dump too much information on you in too short of a time. This introductory workshop will give you a taste of coding (an appetizer, perhaps), so that you can determine for yourself whether you'd like to learn more. Only basic computer and typing skills are required, and no math will be involved! Attendees will solve simple graphical maze puzzles of gently increasing complexity by writing guided code based on a simplified subset of the Python language. We'll have you go to a website and download some files, to start. Windows PCs will be provided in the workshop room, though you're encouraged to bring your own laptop (for example, if you prefer Mac OS) so long as you have the capability to install a Python language environment on it (which we can help with). We know the power of teamwork, so invite a partner if you want to share the learning experience! Further details will be provided by email and found at https://uxlab.umasscreate.net/coding/.

Intro to Photoshop

Wednesday, Mar. 25, 10 a.m.-Noon
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Mike Foldy
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty

Have some personal photos you'd like doctored? Need to create a good clean image for a presentation? Want to revive old family images or perhaps delete your ex from the last family photos? Photoshop is a powerful image manipulation tool that can do these tasks and many others. This workshop is for those with no previous experience and would like to learn some basic image processing tasks in Photoshop. Attendees will learn some of the basic tasks such as image cropping, color correcting, and image cleaning.

Designing Poster Presentations

Wednesday, Mar. 25, Noon-1 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Jennifer Friedman and Rebecca Reznik-Zellen
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff

Do you have a presentation that requires a poster? Not sure where to start or the best way to design a poster? Come join us! Learn about different poster templates and where to find them, as well as what types of content can go on a poster and best practices for designing a poster that stands out!"

Using Excel for Basic Statistics, Charts, and Graphs

Thursday, Mar. 26, 2-4 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Eric Bloomquist
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

This will be a quick introduction on the use of Microsoft Excel to do basic statistics and create charts and graphs. Some basic familiarity with Excel is assumed.

How to Choose Your Microphone

Thursday, Mar. 26, 7-8 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 3, Digital Media Lab
Instructor: Yuntian Hu
Audience: Graduate students

The proper choice of a microphone is critical when creating audio-based projects. There can be many variables that come into play, including location and the direction of sound. This workshop will show you how to select the most appropriate microphone for specific tasks and teach the differences between microphone types.

Mapping Data with QGIS 3: Design a Custom Map

Friday, Mar. 27, 10 a.m.-Noon
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Becky Seifried
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Looking to design a killer custom map, but super confused by all the buttons in QGIS? Whether you’re a total geospatial novice or an ArcGIS pro, this workshop is for you! We will begin by discussing basic cartographic principles and analyzing a selection of curated maps - some well designed and informative, and others not so much. This will set you up for map-design success as you work on your own printable map. SKILLS GAINED: Attendees will practice designing a map in QGIS following best practices in cartography. You can bring your own dataset or use the example provided during the workshop.

Nature Walk and Wildlife Identification with iNaturalist

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2-3:20 p.m.
TBD
Instructor: Melaine Radik
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff, Community

Friday, Apr. 24, 2-3:30 p.m.
TBD
Instructor: Melaine Radik
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff, Community

This workshop will take us into natural areas near campus to photograph and identify wildlife using the iNaturalist app. The iNaturalist app is a free tool for engaging with the world around us. It lets anyone participate in an international Community and Citizen Science effort to track and map the wildlife that exists everywhere, even in the most urban environments. The app records the date, time, and location you snapped a pic of the wild plant, animal, fungi, etc. that caught your attention. This workshop is meant to familiarize you with using the app outside. By the end of this workshop you will have walked for a minimum of a half hour and submitted at least one new observation through iNaturalist. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Second in a series of three workshops to prepare attendees to participate in the City Nature Challenge 2020: Pioneer Valley.

Plant a Seed, Be Revolutionary

Friday, Mar. 27, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Morrill Greenhouse
Instructor: Paulina Borrego
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Get a jump on spring by coming to plant a seed. This workshop is a collaboration between the Permaculture Initiative, the Morrill Greenhouses, and the Mass Aggie Seed Library. Participants will be given the opportunity to plant a seed from the nightshade family (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant), learn about why this type of plant is suited for indoor seed starting, as well as proper planting conditions. Seedlings will be housed and cared for in the greenhouse for a period of time before they are ready to be picked up by participants.

Fair Use and Copyright 101

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 1-2 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Laura Quilter
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty

If you take pictures with your phone, send emails, write papers, or doodle — congratulations, you’re a copyright owner! And, if you take pictures, forward emails, quote works, download music, or hum a song, guess what? You’re using a copyrighted work, relying on fair use or another copyright exception. What do you need to know to teach, create art, write papers, or simply live in a world in which practically everything we create and use is copyrighted? How do you avoid getting in trouble, or do you even have to worry? Come to a workshop with copyright attorney Laura Quilter to get the 101 on copyright and fair use. We promise not to turn you in to the copyright police. (And tell you if that’s even a thing.)

Archives 101

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2-3 p.m.
TBD
Instructor: Kate Freedman
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students

How well do you know the Learning Commons? Join us for a crash course in learning the ins, outs, workarounds, and secrets of one of the most popular places on campus. You’ll take a tour of the floor, learn about the different services and resources that are available, and get a few insider tips and hints on how to make the most of your LC experience. Ideal for undergraduates.

Become an Employment Explorer at the Library: Strategies for Effective Career Exploration & Investigation of Your Future Employer

Friday, Apr. 3, 10-11:15 a.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Alison Messier
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students

Are you an undergrad or grad student who is interested in conducting research in an archive or special collection, but aren't sure how to find resources or plan your visit? Are you curious about archives and how they work? Come to this workshop to learn more!

The W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

Wednesday, Apr. 8, 4-5:15 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 25, Special Collections and University Archives Seminar Room
Instructor: Blake Spitz
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff, Community

Come hold history in your hands, and encounter W. E. B. Du Bois through his voluminous archive housed in the UMass Amherst Libraries’ Special Collections. Novices and Du Bois scholars alike enjoy seeing the primary sources created and saved by Du Bois himself, and this interactive workshop will highlight items revealing Du Bois across his life as an internationally important scholar, writer, and activist.

Ask a Lawyer

Wednesday, Apr. 8, 1-2 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Laura Quilter
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty

If you have legal questions about your research or study, from publishing contracts, to threats of defamation or "ag gag" laws, to privacy concerns, come on down. We won't give you legal advice, but we can try to help you sort out the issues and figure out whether you need a lawyer or whether you can relax. Join Raquel Manzanares (Senior Staff Attorney, UMass Student Legal Services Office) and Laura Quilter (Copyright & Information Policy, University Libraries) for fun legal discussion.

Introduction to Virtual Reality

Wednesday, Apr. 8, 7-8 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 3, Digital Media Lab
Instructor: Yuntian Hu
Audience: Younger undergraduates

Virtual Reality applications are increasingly common in education and entertainment applications. This workshop will introduce you to VR programming using the Unity engine, a popular tool for creating VR products.

Mapping Data with QGIS 4: Work with Historical Maps and Photos

Friday, Apr. 10, 10 a.m.-Noon
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Becky Seifried
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Historical data sources like maps and aerial photos can be treasure troves for GIS users, especially if they want to map how the world used to look before modern infrastructure was built, or before natural events altered the course of rivers or changed where people could live. This workshop focuses on two sources of historical GIS data: maps and photos. SKILLS ACQUIRED: Attendees will learn how to find these historical sources online. They will practice georeferencing maps using an online tool, georeferencing photos using QGIS, and digitizing features on the historical source to create a custom dataset.

Mapping Data with QGIS 5: Perform Spatial Queries

Friday, Apr. 17, 10 a.m.-Noon
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Becky Seifried
Audience: Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students

The real power of GIS is that it allows us to interrogate spatial data in new and interesting ways. We can explore the spatial relationship between two different datasets, select subsets of data based on spatial location, and generate new findings in the process. This workshop is geared toward intermediate users who already have a basic understanding of GIS but are looking to practice running spatial queries. SKILLS ACQUIRED: Attendees will learn about different types of overlay and connectivity queries, install plugins in QGIS to perform spatial analyses, and practice querying spatial data in different ways.

Infographics Fundamentals with Canva

Friday, Apr. 17, 9:30-11 a.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Classroom
Instructor: Sarah Hutton
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff

Looking for a visually compelling way to share that information? Jazz up those survey results? Get your point across? Well, look no further! In this workshop, you will learn to hone your point-making and data storytelling skills through creating your very own infographic using Canva. Come with an idea you're looking to share, and we'll teach you how to turn it into a visually compelling graphic using the fundamentals of storytelling, basic graphic design principles and pre-made templates (woo hoo)!

Cardboard Robotics

Thursday, Apr. 30, 2-4 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Sarah Hutton
Audience: Younger undergraduates, Advanced undergraduates, Graduate students, Faculty, Staff

Is there a robot-sized hole in your heart? Seeking cardboard companionship? Well, look no further! Join us to build your very own walking (ok, ok, technically 'rolling') robot to accompany you on those long strolls down the beach, contemplative jaunts through the park, or chin-scratching rambles through your local library. All tools and materials will be provided, including cardboard, wheels, batteries, and wire. Simple circuitry on the cheap never looked so appealing!

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Wednesday, Apr. 22

W. E. B. Du Bois Library
Lobby

Got stress? We've got dogs! UMass Amherst Peer Health Educators present the Paws Program, featuring Bright Spot Therapy Dogs.

Sponsored by Center for Health Promotion and the UMass Amherst Libraries.

Stephanie Fetta, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Caroline Yang
Feb. 27, Mar. 26, Apr. 16

Stephanie Fetta

Thursday, Feb. 27
5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

 

Cameron Awkward-Rich

Thursday, Mar. 26
5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

 

Caroline Yang

Thursday, Apr. 16
5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Saturday, Feb. 29
6 p.m.
Old Chapel, UMass Amherst

RSVP by Feb. 21

Join us for an evening of fun, food, and music celebrating the Valley Light Opera's 45th anniversary, with members of the company performing the music from "The Pirates of Penzance."

Sing along; costumes welcome!

In partnership with Valley Light Opera, Humanities and Fine Arts, and the UMass Amherst Libraries.

Valley Light Opera's archives are housed in Special Collections and University Archives.

Accessibility
The Old Chapel is handicap accessible building and event spaces via ramps and elevators.

Parking
The Old Chapel at UMass Amherst is located at the heart of campus, making it a great destination for events. There is no direct parking next to the Chapel so allow yourself additional time to walk here after parking in one of the nearby lots.

Saturday, March 28, 2020
1-4 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library
Lower Level

From the Libraries that brought you FalCon, a small convention in a tall library, comes FalCon: Artist's Nest! The Libraries take great pride in supporting the campus and community, and what better way to demonstrate that than by bringing together a diverse group of talented artists, makers, and more to showcase their work?

More showcase announcements forthcoming; please check back regularly for updates!

Special Guests

Phil Amara
Phil Amara

Philip Amara eats, drinks, and breathes comic books. He has worked as an editor for one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creators, Kitchen Sink Press, the publisher of The Spirit, Dark Horse Comics in Oregon, Star Wars, Aliens, SpyBoy, Planet of the Apes, Terminator, Predator, Superman and Green Lantern DC Comics crossovers, Madman, and the Eisner Award-winning Sock Monkey, as well as co-editor on the American Illustration Award-winning Scatterbrain. Additionally, he is the author of The Treehouse Heroes, and the co-author of the new series The Asian Hall of Fame, which explores extraordinary Asian inventions throughout history. He is currently a teacher for Boston Public Schools, where he created the Mighty Writers program to introduce his students to the power of animation, film, and, of course, comic books. 

Jim2010

James Cambias

James L. Cambias writes science fiction and designs games. Originally from New Orleans, he was educated at the University of Chicago and lives in western Massachusetts. His first novel, A Darkling Sea, was published by Tor Books in 2014, followed by Corsair in 2015. Baen Books released his third novel, Arkad's World in 2019. His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionShimmerNature, and several original anthologies. Mr. Cambias has written for Steve Jackson Games, Hero Games, and other roleplaying publishers, and is a partner in Zygote Games. His new urban fantasy novel The Initiate was published in February 2020 by Baen Books. Check out his blog is at www.jamescambias.com.

Showcase

Digital Media Lab, UMass Amherst Libraries

The Digital Media Lab is a multimedia production space in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library and part of the UMass Amherst Makerspace & Maker Network. It is available to any campus community member, regardless of department or major, and offers the latest audiovisual equipment, green screen and sound rooms, virtual and augmented reality capabilities, and 3D printing technology.

All-Campus Makerspace

The UMass Amherst All-Campus (Pop-Up) Makerspace is the very first phase of the UMass Amherst Makerspace & Maker Network project, which aims to connect the UMass Amherst maker community with information and access pathways to existing resources on campus. Its temporary location is in the Astronomy Building, located near Elab and the Gunness Laboratory.

For more information, please contact umamakerspace@umass.edu.

Animation Club

The Animation Club provides animation, art, acting, music, and writing students an opportunity to expand their horizons while working with new aspects of their mediums, and students of different backgrounds will find an opportunity to work with others in new ways. This group intends to create a friendly environment for students who can create animated programs for the campus and the community around it.

For more information, please contact umassanimationclub@gmail.com.

Cosplay and Costume Club

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Cosplay and Costume Club gives interested persons the opportunity to interact and collaborate with others interested in cosplay, the performance art of dressing of as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.

For more information, please contact umasscosplayclub@gmail.com.