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Falvey Fridays: Workshop Series

Falvey Memorial Library is pleased to announce “Falvey Fridays,” a workshop series drawn from our popular brown bag lunch sessions. Each workshop will provide new and exciting information on research methods, tools, and pedagogies for researchers of all levels. Registration is free and open to the Villanova community.

Please register for workshop sessions below. Once registered, you will be sent a Zoom link to the event.

Reusing Responsibly: Copyright Basics (Friday, Feb. 12; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communications Librarian.

We create and interact with copyrighted material every day, whether it’s sending an email, replying to a tweet, writing a book, or making a podcast. This presentation will give you the tools you need to better understand what gets copyright and how to reuse copyrighted content responsibly.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

Bringing Historical Maps into GIS (Friday, Feb. 26; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Georeferencing is the process of connecting images (e.g. aerial photographs, scanned historical maps, satellite images) to their geographic locations, so that they can be used as spatial layers in GIS software. Using tools like Map Warper and ArcGIS Online, this workshop will provide participants with the steps to align geographic coordinates to a digitized historical map and display them online in order to examine how locations have changed over time.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

Understanding and Negotiating Publisher Contracts: What to Look for Before You Sign (Friday, March 12; 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

Workshop led by Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communication Librarian.

You wrote an article, and it was accepted! The publisher sends you a publishing agreement to sign, but what does that agreement actually say? What rights are you giving away, and what rights do you retain? Can you post your article to your website? Can you use it in the classroom? Can you send it to colleagues? This workshop will look at a variety of agreements across different disciplines; give you tools to understand general journal policies on when and how you can post articles; show you ways that you can negotiate with publishers to retain more rights to your work; and discuss ways that you can share your work more widely.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

Tabula: Extracting Tables from PDFs (Friday, March 26; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

If you’ve ever tried to do anything with data provided to you in PDFs, you know there’s no easy way to copy-and-paste rows of data from tables out of PDF files. Come learn more about Tabula, an open source tool for extracting data tables locked inside PDFs and how to import that data easily into a CSV or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

Citation Management using Zotero (Friday, April 9; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Sarah Hughes, Nursing & Life Sciences Librarian.

Serious research projects call for no-nonsense tools for taming citations. Learn how to use Zotero to save, organize, and share references.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

Policy Map/Social Explorer (Friday, April 23; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Deborah Bishov, Social Sciences & Instructional Design Librarian and Merrill Stein, Social Sciences Librarian.

Explore features of two easy-to-use, online demographic data mapping tools which draw on a combination of governmental, proprietary and open resources.  Map data of interest and export and save visualizations for research or teaching. Knowledge of GIS (geographical information systems) is not required.

Please REGISTER at the following link:


Revitalize Your Research at the 2020 Falvey Forum

Revitalize your research at the first Falvey Forum—Drawn from Falvey Library’s brown bag lunch workshops, this two-day, six-session virtual event will provide new and exciting information on research methods, tools, and pedagogies for researchers of all levels. Register for one or multiple sessions (outlined below) on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m.—3 p.m.

“Falvey Forum 2020 represents the best of our research workshops (which can be requested on demand by faculty and departments) rolled into two fun and interesting days. This is an exciting opportunity for Villanova students, faculty and staff as well as members of the general public to deepen their understanding of great academic tools and discover new techniques to meet their research goals,” Rob LeBlanc, First-Year Experience Librarian.

The conference is free and open to Villanova faculty, students, staff, and community members. Visit the Falvey Forum homepage for more details and to register for sessions:

Conference Workshops


Citation Wrangling—Presenter: Sarah Hughes (11 a.m.—12 p.m.)

Serious research projects call for no-nonsense tools for taming citations. Learn how to use Zotero to save, organize, and share references.

Data Visualization with Tableau—Presenter: Erica Hayes (12:15 p.m.—1:30 p.m.)

This session will provide a gentle introduction to how to use Tableau Desktop Public, a free software that allows individuals to publish interactive data visualizations and graphs on the web.

Copyright and Publishing 101 — Presenter: Sarah Wipperman (1:45—3:00)       

Academia is full of copyright and publishing questions that are often difficult to answer: Can I use this image in my work? What can I do with my work once it’s published? What does that agreement I signed actually say? Can I post my work on a certain website?


Beyond the Archive—Presenter: Beaudry Allen (11 a.m.—12:00 p.m.)

The archive is not a passive, neutral institution, but an active ever-evolving site where social power and memory is negotiated, challenged, and confirmed. This session will explore the history of diversity and social justice on Villanova’s campus through material from the University Archives and illustrate how archival practices and bias shape memory.  It’s is also an opportunity to learn how to do research in an archive.

Storytelling and GIS—Presenter: Erica Hayes (12:15 p.m.—1:30 p.m.)

While maps have been around for centuries, the digital age has given them new meaning. GIS software offers users the potential to visualize, analyze, and tell spatial stories. In this session, you will learn more about ArcGIS Online and Esri Story Maps, a web mapping application that allows you to combine GIS maps, text, images, and video to tell your own geographic story.

Sharing Your Work: Academic Social Networking Sites and Beyond—Presenters: Sarah Wipperman and Dr. Janice Bially Mattern (1:45—3 p.m.)     

Social media sites like Twitter and other online platforms make sharing your work, networking, and raising your visibility easier than ever. But which sites and platforms are most effective? Is it worth the effort? Where should you start? Join Scholarly Communications Librarian, Sarah Wipperman, and Director of Villanova Institute for Research and Scholarship, Dr. Janice Bially Mattern, to learn the techniques and social norms of using these platforms to increase your visibility.

Questions? Contact Rob LeBlanc, First-Year Experience Librarian.


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Last Modified: October 13, 2020