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Monday, November 26, 2018

Discussion on data sharing agreements (11/27/18)

eScience Institute senior research scientist Anthony Arendt will be leading a data sharing agreements discussion tomorrow, November 27, from 4:30-5:20 in the Physics/Astronomy Auditorium, PAA118. Designed as an interactive, community discussion, topics will include how we establish and maintain norms of academic behavior around data sharing and attribution. Join and contribute to the discussion!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

UW Libraries 13th annual Constitution Read-Aloud

Join the University of Washington Libraries for our 13th annual Constitution Read-Aloud! This powerful and moving event is driven by community members, each of whom read a brief section of the Constitution. Sign up and spend your lunch break hearing an historic document brought to life. Details:

In 1791, as the newly established United States sought approval of the US Constitution by thirteen states, some states requested that specific rights for each individual citizen should be added before it was ratified. 10 new amendments, known as The Bill of Rights, were added to the Constitution to preserve, first and foremost, the "rights of the individual to freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition". The Bill also protected citizens from a violation of these rights under the law and in the court system and confirmed an individual's right to bear arms.What: Constitution Read-Aloud

When: Friday, October 5, 2018, 12:00pm-1:15pm. Please arrive by 11:45 a.m. The entire reading takes about 75 minutes. It is okay if you need to read and leave early.

Where: Suzzallo Library, 3rd floor outside the Reading Room

What to bring: nothing; we will provide an easy-to-read (large print) edition of the Constitution.
Wear regular work attire -- work-related uniforms welcome!

Your reading: will be very brief (about five sentences) and assigned to you at the event. We cannot guarantee you a specific section. 

Sign up: Sign up at  or e-mail for special arrangements.

Pro tip: Read the text of the Constitution beforehand, so that you are generally familiar with the document.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Open Access Week 2018: Celebrate with the UW Libraries

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Open Access Week, an annual international celebration of sharing scholarly work openly.   The UW Libraries invites you to join us to learn more about open scholarship at one or all of the events we’ve planned for the week. Events will take place in the Research Commons, Allen Library South (ground floor), unless otherwise noted. Questions? Contact

Tuesday, Oct. 23
  • 11:30am-12:30pm Publishing Contracts Workshop. Research Commons, Green Room A.  Before you sign on the dotted line, identify key terms of a publishing contract that determine your rights as an author.  The focus will be on academic journal publishing. Maryam Fakouri, Scholarly Publishing and Outreach Librarian.

  • 3:30-5:00pm The Publishing Trap Game. Research Commons, Green Room A.  Play the new board game that’s sweeping higher education around the world!  Prepare to laugh as you compete for money, impact, and knowledge! Maryam Fakouri,  Scholarly Publishing and Outreach Librarian and Alyssa Berger, Research & Instruction/Science & Math Librarian, UW Bothell.

Wednesday, Oct. 24   
  • 1:00-2:00pm Introduction to Pressbooks.  Research Commons, Green Room A. Pressbooks is an easy-to-use tool for creating digital books, open textbooks and other open educational resources. Join this session to learn about using Pressbooks to create and adapt openly licensed materials in a variety of formats (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), and how to set up your account via the UW Libraries (available in early October). Lauren Ray, Open Education and Psychology Librarian

Thursday, Oct. 25    
  • 3:30-4:30pm Publishing Contracts Workshop.  Research Commons, Green Room A. Before you sign on the dotted line, identify key terms of a publishing contract that determine your rights as an author.  The focus will be on academic journal publishing. Maryam Fakouri, Scholarly Publishing and Outreach Librarian.

Friday, Oct. 26     
  • 12:00-1:30pm Paywall: the Business of Scholarship. Film screening and discussion. Allen Auditorium, Allen Library North (ground floor). Released in September 2018, this 60-minute documentary examines the for-profit publishing industry and highlights some of the benefits of open access for research and science.  Join us for a screening of the film followed by a brief discussion with experts in scholarly communication and academic library collections. In keeping with its theme, the film was released under a CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons license and is openly available for anyone to view at their convenience. Gordon Aamot, Director, Scholarly Communication and Publishing; Corey Murata,  Director, Collections Analysis and Strategy; and Denise Pan, Associate Dean of University Libraries for Collections and Content.  

  • 3:30-5:00pm UW’s New Open Access Policy. Research Commons, Green Room A. The Open Access movement promotes a vision of the world where everyone has access to the scholarly record, regardless of their income or institutional affiliation. This presentation will explore the different strategies that advocates are pursuing to make this vision a reality, including some exciting efforts at the University of Washington. Liz Bedford, Scholarly Publishing and Outreach Librarian.
We hope you will be able to join us for these events!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Summer Quarter Research Data Management Workshop @ UW Libraries

Do you create or use data in your research? Looking for tips and tools to better help you manage your research data, and preserve it for long-term use?

From August 13-16, the UW Libraries is offering Research Data Management Planning, an asynchronous online workshop for UW community members engaged in research with data. Topics will include getting started with data management planning, funder requirements for data sharing, metadata, tips to help keep you organized, sharing, archiving and preservation, and an introduction to tools and on-campus support to aid researchers.

Note: We will be offering two concurrent versions of this class, one for health sciences researchers, the other for multiple disciplines outside of health sciences. When you register for the class, please indicate which version of the class you’d like to attend. Thank you!

Full course information and link to registration is below. Contact us with any questions.

Data Management Planning Workshop
A free, tutor-supported online workshop
August 13 -16, 2018

Duration: Monday, August 13 - Thursday, August 16 (4 days)
Time Commitment: Approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour per day, for 4 straight days
Target audience: UW community members engaged in research with data
Prerequisites: Access to the internet for each of the 4 days identified. A valid UW NetID is also required.

  • This module-based workshop consists of activities and peer discussion forums that will provide tips on how to effectively plan for data management over the lifecycle of your research project. 
  • By asking students to share experiences with one another, this workshop gives you the opportunity to reflect on your research workflow and to see how various techniques and tools can be employed to most effectively manage, share and preserve your data.
Participation Process:
  • This workshop will take place in Canvas over 4 days, with no fixed participation times (asynchronous).
  • Each day corresponds to one online module, which includes a topic overview, resources, activity, and peer discussion forum.
  • Discussion forums are the workshop's primary means of 'assessment,' so expect to post to forums daily.
  • You will be guided through the course by a team of friendly librarian tutors, who will answer questions and provide feedback.

How to Join:
  • If interested, please register via this Catalyst link no later than Friday, August 10, 2018.
  • Space in the workshop is limited, and participants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Students who register after capacity is reached may be placed on a wait list.
Comments from previous class participants:
  • This is a great workshop -- exposing me to a lot of considerations about data management that I did not know about. The tutor responses have been really helpful. I was unaware of the data librarians on campus and will definitely reach out to them for more resources. Thank you!
  • Very helpful and important for anyone working with data.
  • I was really impressed with this workshop. It had so many wonderful resources and I learned a lot. The tutors were fantastic. ... The materials were great and easy to understand as well. It was good to know I'm heading in the right direction with data management and know how to really improve my data management. I come from an interpretive/qualitative background and often this type of research activity is learned on the job or through learning what not to do the next time around, so having this type of workshop can really help people like me prepare a lot better for the next big project. Thank you for all your hard work!
  • Very helpful at all levels of experience
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Data Services Team.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Upcoming scholarly publishing workshops at UW Libraries

Join the UW Libraries in early May for two linked workshops that will take you through the process of publishing an article in an academic journal, from selecting an appropriate publication venue to interpreting a publishing contract. Anyone with an interest in scholarly publishing is welcome to attend one or both of these hands-on pilot workshops:

Evaluating Academic Journals: Thursday, May 3, 12:30-1:30, Research Commons Green A
You want to get your research published, but how do you decide where to submit your work? In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to assess a  journal’s quality and its fit for your research profile, while weighing issues of access and impact. Participants will get the chance to try out tools for finding and evaluating academic journals.

Contracts and Copyright: Wednesday, May 9, 12:30-1:30, Research Commons Green A
Ready to publish but not sure about that long agreement the journal publisher asked you to sign? This workshop will review the key parts of a publishing contract, explaining what terms mean and their potential impact on your future research and teaching. In addition to examining sample agreements, we'll introduce tools and suggest negotiation strategies you can use to protect your rights.

These workshops are open to students, staff and faculty at all levels. Advance registration is greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018