What’s Happening in the Libraries: October 2020

Digital Literacies Workshops

Join us every Thursday at 1pm to learn all about digital literacies and the importance of understanding how and why digital outputs are created, and our own ethical responsibilities in sharing those outputs.

This month’s workshops include: Boosting Your Impact, Disambiguations Tools, Finding and Evaluating Open Research, and Critical Think about Data Visualization

View the full list of workshops and Zoom information.

Dream for Light Years: Ali Smith and Michael Alec Rose

The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present  Dream for Light Years , a two-year collaboration between California-based painter Ali Smith and Blair School of Music professor of composition Michael Alec Rose.

The Gallery is currently open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 1 to 4pm. At this time, access is limited to Vanderbilt University students, faculty and staff.

To attend, Gallery visitors must reserve timed tickets in advance. 

DiSC Virtual Workshops

The Office of Digital Scholarship and Communications is offering a variety of online workshops including Python, GIS, GitHub, R, and more. Check out the full list and Zoom details on the DiSC website.

Candid Conversations: Responding to Civil Unrest

Join the staff of the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries on the first Friday of the month at 1:00 p.m. for Candid Conversations, a 30-minute interview on current issues.

On Friday, Oct. 2,  Assistant Chief of Police Rick Burr will discuss how the Vanderbilt University police department is training to respond to civil unrest. He will talk about policy and Blue Courage training for officer intervention.

View event and Zoom information.

Research Productivity Workshops

Join us every Tuesday at 1pm to learn how to search for and identify relevant research, and how to organize and present that research clearly at our Research Productivity Workshops!

This month’s workshops include: Managing your Research, Census Data and Presenting Your Research

View the full list of workshops and Zoom information.

Basics of Blender


Blender is an open-source 3D image and video creation tool that can be used to create detailed images for figures within research papers. This series of online video workshops will demonstrate how to use Blender to create a high quality 3D image of a eukaryotic cell. A mouse is highly recommended for all of those attending.

View the full list of workshops and Zoom information.

Zoom In Zine Out

Join Heard Library staff on Friday, October 9th at 1 PM for a Zoom session on what a Zine is, Zine culture and how to make your own Zine. 

All you need is a single 8 ½ X 11” piece of paper, scissors and your favorite colored pens/pencils. If available, you can supplement your creativity with additional materials such as scraps of paper, recycled magazines, old book covers, glue or string. We’ll have several prompts to get your ideas started. Once you’ve completed your Zine, the library would love it if you would donate it to our Zine collection. 

View event and Zoom Information.

Have a Hoot with Kahoot!

Join the Libraries on Friday, October 16 at 7pm and test your superpowers with the Trivia game app called Kahoot!

Enjoy a date night with fellow students and library staff via Zoom on October 16th at 7 PM. Be sure to download the Kahoot app onto your phone beforehand. Be prepared for some fun, fast and family-friendly competition. You can have a Hoot with Kahoot!

View event and Zoom information.

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