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DateThursday May 26, 2022 (online)
TitleLibrary Carpentries: Introduction to working with Data and FAIR data practices
InstructorsHaidy Giratallah, Jordan Pedersen, and Frances Wong, University of Toronto
Time0900 – 1230 (3.5 hours)
CE Credit3.25 hours

Course Description

In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to best practices for working with tabular data highlighting quality assurance and manipulation of data using spreadsheet programs. Participants will then work with regular expressions (regex) to understand ways of making batch transformations on their data, and which software programs support regex. The session will conclude with an exploration of FAIR Data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable), how to talk to researchers about the importance of FAIR Data, and why it may become increasingly relevant as a stipulation for receiving research funding.

By the end of the workshop, participants will learn:

  • Basic data wrangling techniques

  • Why librarians should care about FAIR data.

  • How to assess FAIRness of data.

  • How to integrate and support FAIR data in their libraries

Participants will need to have a computer with a spreadsheet editor such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice installed but no experience is required!


DateThursday May 26, 2022 (online)
TitleLibrary Carpentries: OpenRefine
InstructorsHaidy Giratallah, Jordan Pedersen, and Frances Wong, University of Toronto
Time1330 – 1700 (3.5 hours)
CE Credit3.25 hours

Course Description

This completely hands-on workshop will introduce participants to using OpenRefine to improve how they work with tabular data (in other words, anything that you would deal with in a spreadsheet). Examples will be given as to how OpenRefine may be used as part of the systematic review search, and how it can allow for reproducibility in data cleaning.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Facet and filter data to correct common data issues

  • Cluster data as part of a strategy to deduplicate rows in a file

  • Transform their data using GREL (a type of regular expressions)

Participants will need to have a computer with OpenRefine installed (https://librarycarpentry.org/lc-open-refine/setup.html), but no experience is required!


DateTuesday May 31, 2022 (online)
TitleVisualizing science using VOSviewer
InstructorNees Jan van Eck, Researcher,
Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University
Time0900 – 1230 (Eastern Time, US & Canada) (3.5 hours)
CE Credit3.25 hours
             

Course Description

It is essential for researchers to have an up-to-date understanding of the literature in their research field. However, keeping up with all relevant literature and obtaining a good overview of a research field can be challenging and highly time-consuming. Bibliometric visualizations support this task. These visualizations provide intuitive overviews of the literature in a research field, enabling researchers to obtain a better understanding of the structure and development of a field and to get an impression of the most significant contributions made in a field.

In this course, participants will be introduced to the VOSviewer software for bibliometric visualizations. Participants will get hands-on experience in creating visualizations of a research field. They will also be trained in interpreting these visualizations and in using them to deepen their understanding of their area of research or to support researchers/departments.

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Download data from bibliographic databases such as Web of Science, Scopus or Dimensions;

  • Create bibliometric visualizations with the VOSviewer software;

  • Use these visualizations for exploring the scientific literature in a research field.

Participants will need to have a computer with the most recent version of the VOSViewer software installed (https://www.vosviewer.com/download), but no experience is required!


DateThursday June 2, 2022 (online)
TitleThe psychology of focusing on what really matters:
A reset for workplace productivity
InstructorJoe Kim, Associate Professor Psychology,
Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University
Time1300 – 1630 (3.5 hours)
CE Credit3.25 hours
         

Course Description

We are often pulled in multiple directions with increasing demands on our time and attention.  Without a game plan confusion, procrastination, and busy work dominate over moving toward higher goals.  Research from psychology provides effective strategies to choose priorities that separate signal from noise, focus attention to engage in deep work, and develop habits that invest limited resources where they matter most. 

In this session we will:

  • Explore how understanding the cognitive architecture of the mind leads to developing a working plan to handle daily challenges with optimized solutions. 

  • Develop a culture for productivity that promotes deep work and movement towards a goal. 

  • Learn about digital tools to integrate into workflows to shift our resources to important tasks like strategic planning which also deserve attention


DateTuesday June 7, 2022 (online)
Title2020: Building a Strong Future: Harnessing your strengths
InstructorCate Walker Hammond, M.Ed, Leadership Consultant,
Certified Facilitator and Certified Career Consultant

Time1300 – 1630 (3.5 hours)
CE Credit3.25 hours

Course Description

Employees who have the opportunity to work from their strengths often speak about feeling energized, engaged, and surprised at how time seems to fly away.  They note the sense of satisfaction that results from being able to contribute, to innovate, and to be at their best. Grounded in the science of positive psychology, the Strengths philosophy focuses on helping individuals, organizations, and communities thrive. 

This introductory workshop will provide insight into research on applying the Strengths philosophy to promote positive outcomes in work, relationships, and other desired outcomes.   Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about their unique strengths, and how their strengths can be applied in work/life, career management, and leadership development.  Leaders/managers will have the opportunity to reflect on how the CliftonStrengths assessment can enhance collaboration and innovation and support employee development and succession planning.  Participants will have the chance to discuss strategies to enhance team productivity and innovation practices.  Workshop will be interactive with group activities, scenarios, individual reflection, and exercises.

Member CE Prices

$225 per course

$720 for 4 courses 

$900 for 5 courses

Non-Member CE Prices

$275 per course

$900 for 4 courses 

$1125 for 5 courses