A multiple exposure image of Charles Library's atrium
Photo by Ryan Brandenberg

October 14, 2020

Temple University Libraries

As the weather cools, remember that our library website is a great place to start as you prep for the second half of the semester. You can browse collections and resources, check out curated research guides for all your courses, schedule a virtual appointment with your subject librarian, ask a question, and more. And be sure to review the latest updates and procedures if you plan to visit us in person.
Today’s email highlights October happenings at the Libraries, including a new writing contest for students, a collaboration with the Wellness Resource Center, and our upcoming slate of virtual events and workshops.

Creative writing contest for Temple students

After wrapping up our own creative writing contest here at Temple Libraries, we are excited to announce our participation in Short Édition’s first-ever inter-university contest. Short Édition is the French publishing house we partner with who makes the short story dispenser we have in Charles Library.
The Long Story Short Award writing contest is open to all students at university partners, and submissions will be accepted from now until November 19. There are cash prizes, and select submissions will be published across 300 Short Édition short story dispensers worldwide.
#1Thing: Libraries and Wellness Resource Center team up
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October is recognized nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Libraries are collaborating with the Wellness Resource Center (WRC) to bring awareness to this initiative and to highlight available resources. Check out this blog post by Liz Zadnik, associate director of the WRC, on reading for social change and featured books in the Libraries’ collections.
Upcoming programs and workshops 
collage of event photos
Herman Beavers, photo by Tanji Gilliam; Kai Davis, photo by Shanel Edwards; book cover of Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks; and a 1918 newspaper clipping. 
We are in the midst of virtually celebrating Homecoming and Family Weekend! See participating library events below, and view the full lineup to see all of Temple’s offerings.
Beyond the Notes
Hispanic Music Heritage Month Celebration
Wednesday, October 14, Noon
Tune in for a celebration of beautiful songs of the Hispanic repertoire featuring music by Joaquin Rodrigo, Manuel de Falla, Jaime Leon, and Ernesto Lecuona. The performers include Savannah Whittenburg, Daniel Arboleda, Jason Garcia-Kakuk, and Stephen Acosta.
Author Talk
Haki Madhubuti, Taught by Women
Wednesday, October 14, 2:00 pm
Join us to continue the conversation with publisher, editor, cultural critic, and educator Haki R. Madhubuti. Professor Madhubuti will pay homage to Black women in his presentation from an extended edition of his latest book, Taught By Women.
Midday Arts Series
Readings by Kai Davis and Herman Beavers
Friday, October 16, Noon
As part of Homecoming Week, Kai Davis and Herman Beavers present readings from their latest works. Presented in collaboration with the Intellectual Heritage program.
Celebrating Tina Sloan Green and the Black Women in Sports Foundation Honors
Monday, October 19, 2:00 pm
The Blockson Collection is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Black Women in Sports Foundation (BWSF) Collection, donated by Tina Sloan Green, and host the BWSF Honors. The BWSF Honors recognizes exceptional individuals who help further the organization's mission to increase the involvement of black women and girls in all aspects of sport.
VR@TU: Real Research in Virtual Reality
Wednesday, October 21, 9:30am - Noon
Supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Scholars Studio will be hosting a half-day of talks and discussions to showcase VR-related work and to explore the future of VR at Temple. After a keynote presentation by Kent Bye, panels, presentations, and lightning talks will show how VR is used for research and teaching.
Book Club
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
Thursday, October 22, Noon
All are welcome to participate in our lunchtime book discussion. “One of the first classics of the twenty-first century.” – Frye Gaillard, The Books that Mattered
A 2020 Perspective on the 1918 Flu
Tuesday, October 27, 2:00 pm
Join us to look back on the 1918 flu in 2020. Professor Hilary Iris Lowe, Abigail Gruber, and Charlie Hersh will discuss their research and work on the history of the 1918 flu in Philadelphia. This work came out of a class Professor Lowe held in fall 2017, but is especially relevant today.
Library workshops
Over the past few weeks, the Scholars Studio launched their fall workshop series. Our other workshops continue this month, too!
Mapping Data with Social Explorer and PolicyMap
Thursday, October 15, 11:00 am
Learn how to visualize social data with two of the Libraries' powerful data and mapping subscriptions: Social Explorer and PolicyMap. Participants will learn how to use these tools to map data of interest and save visualizations for use in their own research and teaching.
Photogrammetry as a Tool for Heritage Work
Thursday, October 15, 1:00 pm
Explore applications of photogrammetry for historic preservation of and increased community engagement with heritage sites. The workshop will cover theory, and the complete process of photogrammetry from photography techniques to tutorials in Agisoft, a few open source photogrammetry options, and Sketchfab.
Manage Your Citations with: RefWorks
Tuesday, October 20, Noon
A citation manager is an online tool where you can store, organize, and access citations for your research projects. In this workshop series, you can learn more about recommended managers.
REDCap Introduction
Tuesday, October 20, 1:00pm
This workshop presents an overview of REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture). While REDCap can be used to collect virtually any type of data (including 21 CFR Part 11, FISMA, and HIPAA-compliant environments), it is specifically geared to support online or offline data capture for research studies and operations.
Getting Started with Open Science in the COVID-19 Era
Wednesday, October 21, Noon
Open science has played an important role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The urgency of the situation has shown us how crucial access to scientific knowledge is, both now and in the future. In this workshop, we'll discuss 5 simple ways researchers can get started with integrating open science practices into their own work.
Video Editing & Recording
Wednesday, October 21, Noon
Are you interested in video editing? Need to record a short academic video or practice a presentation? This workshop will provide a general overview of video and audio editing techniques using Adobe Premiere Pro (free to anyone with a current Temple account), as well as several alternative editing software options.
Manage Your Citations with: EndNote Web
Tuesday, October 27, Noon
EndNote Web is a powerful citation manager that is often used in biomedical sciences research. In this session you will learn how to set up your personalized Endnote library and how to import and organize references from the web, PubMed and other subscription databases.
Make Your Courses Affordable with Open Textbooks
and Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Tuesday, October 27, 1:00 pm
This is the time for educators to consider exploring and adopting digital open textbooks and other no-cost course materials that are more easily accessible and affordable to remote learners. Learn how to discover and integrate these resources into your courses and curriculum.
REDCap Intermediate
Tuesday, October 27, 1:00 pm
This workshop focuses on building intermediate REDCap skills. You will learn how to create a more complicated and collaborative REDCap Project.
Basics of Map-Making with QGIS
Tuesday, October 27, 3:00 pm
This three-hour, single-session workshop offers an introduction to map-making with the open-source QGIS software ( The workshop is aimed at students and faculty, anyone who needs to include maps in articles, term papers, or reports. After the course participants will be able to create simple maps.
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