January 31, 2023

UW Libraries May Update

The countdown clock to graduation has likely started for many Huskies, and finals are approaching. Be sure to bookmark our Top Ten Tips for Finals and Message For Grads. This month is packed with fantastic events including special student showcases, workshops for Choose Privacy Week and the always popular GIS Symposium. Last but not least (drum roll please)… the 2023 Student Video Contest Winners!


New Resource!

The is now available from UW Libraries, adding to the free access to major global news publications you have as a UW student. From news to commentary and analysis on politics, finance, and business, The Economist provides insightful coverage on international drivers of change. The UW Libraries subscription includes full access to daily charts, interactive content, and special reports.


Operations Updates

Odegaard Hours expanded May 30-June 8: Odegaard hours are typically extended at the end of the quarter in support of finals preparation. Check hours.

UW Seattle Faculty, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers: Have you completed your survey?  You should have received an email during on April 19 with a link to a UW Libraries survey. Your input provides vital information to help us understand how we can better support our user communities. Thank you for submitting your survey by May 8. Learn more.

A Message for 2023 Grads--As future UW alumni, be sure to check out all of the UW Library benefits and opportunities that are available to you after graduation! Learn more. 



2023 I HEART Library Video Contest Winners Announced! All of this year’s nominees were outstanding!  There were so many creative and thoughtful videos, it was hard to select a single winner, but Ken Kavin’s “Our Second Home” won our hearts and the $1,500 grand prize!   Kavin’s fun and diverse portrait of library users highlights the idea that UW Libraries truly are a “second home” for our UW community. Be sure to check out all of the winning videos and honorable mentions from the 2023 contest. See the winning videos.

A Children’s Place: A gift from UW Tacoma’s Professor Belinda Louie helps to create a welcoming space for student parents at UW Tacoma Library.  Read the story. 

Unleashing My Potential: How the UW Libraries Helped Me Flourish as a Student: Han Eckelberg’s  “behind the scenes” story about how the iconic Bruce Lee Ascending artwork found a permanent home in Odegaard Library. Read the story.



The History of Costume,  encompasses the study of clothing and textiles–their development, use, and availability over human history. Special Collections Lobby, Allen Library South Basement.  Learn more 

Denizens of the Deep: Sea Creatures Real and Imagined, librarians and curators from across the UW Libraries bring together items highlighting the breadth of material and content available about the sea, ocean, and sea creatures. Special Collections, Allen Library South Basement. Learn more


Workshops and Events


UW Libraries Research Communication and Equity Fellowship Celebration and Student Showcase– May 16: Join us to celebrate the academic and creative work of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) graduate students. Each Fellow has created a physical artifact that visually communicates their research. These artifacts take many forms: posters, artwork, visualizations, etc. Students come from across the UW Seattle campus in programs from law to biology. Learn more

Undergraduate Research Symposium Visual Arts and Design Showcase- May 19: The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for students of all disciplines to showcase completed or ongoing research or projects. The Symposium happens every spring and is an all day event open to the public. Learn more


Reading the Fine Print: a Workshop + Hack-a-thon on Privacy and Terms of Service for Common Research and Classroom Tools- May 2 and May 5: Designed for students, instructors, and researchers alike, this online workshop will help you navigate common language used in Terms of Service and Privacy Policies and will offer Terms of Service; Didn’t Read as a framework for reviewing agreements. Learn more here

Your Digital Self: Assessing and Thinking Through Your Online Safety- May 4: This one-hour online workshop will offer some tools for assessing your level of risk and resources for plugging the leaks, on your computer and your phone. Learn more

Using and Adapting Free Course Materials- May 9: Teaching with Open Educational Resources (OER) reduces costs for students and provides you with more flexibility for adapting materials to suit your teaching needs. In this interactive workshop, Lauren Ray, UW Open Education Librarian, will share strategies for finding and adapting OER for your class. You’ll have a chance to explore OER search tools, see examples of openly licensed course materials in your discipline, and learn about UW Libraries resources for creating and modifying OER for your class. Learn more

Citation Management for Humanities Research (with Zotero!)- May 3: This workshop, which will be led by Anna Preus (UW English), will focus on practical applications of Zotero for humanities research, including importing citations from web sources, building a citation library, converting citation styles, and storing and tagging documents. Learn more here

GIS Symposium 2023- May 25: The 6th Annual GIS Symposium highlights and celebrates the transformational role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and data visualization technologies at the UW and beyond. Learn more


Recurring Events/Workshops

First Wednesday Concert- May 3: Students of the UW School of Music perform in this lunchtime concert series co-hosted by UW Music and UW Libraries. Learn more here

Digital Scholarship Project Help Office Hours- Thursdays in May: Learn about getting started with digital projects at UW. We offer consultations for research and course related projects. Examples include support for digital publishing, building digital exhibits, and more! We can help you find the right tools, resources and instruction whether you’re just getting started or are working on an on-going project. Learn more

Graduate Funding Information Service Hours- Thursdays in May: The Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) works with current and admitted UW graduate students. GFIS helps students identify and use different resources to locate funding opportunities for graduate school-related expenses including tuition, research, and conference and research travel. Learn more

Pressbooks: Pressbooks’ suite of products makes it easy to create, adapt, and share educational material. UW Libraries offers several monthly workshops on how to create open textbooks, course materials and more with Pressbooks.

  • Getting started with Pressbooks- May 8: This training session is open to all users of hosted PressbooksEDU networks (including the University of Washington) and is designed for users who are new to Pressbooks. Attendees will learn how to get started with Pressbooks, from creating a new book to publishing and exporting offline versions of the text. Learn more
  • Advanced Pressbooks Publishing Webinar- May 24: This training session is open to all users on hosted PressbooksEDU networks (including the University of Washington) and is designed for users who have some familiarity with Pressbooks and are ready to engage in more complex activities, like adding interactive elements or integrating Pressbooks with supported third-party tools. Learn more

REDCap: REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Courses are provided by the Institute of Translational Health Sciences and UW Health Sciences Library.

  • REDCap 101- Introduction to REDCap- May 2: Geared towards new or novice users of the REDCap system, this class goes through the entire lifecycle of a REDCap project – from initial setup to data entry and finally exporting your data. Learn more here
  • REDCap 201 – Data Dictionary- May 16: Meant for users who want to create or edit larger studies quickly by using the Data Dictionary, this class assumes that you have some working knowledge of REDCap and Microsoft Excel. Learn more
  • ATLAS.ti Training – Basic Skills- May 12:  In partnership with the Open Scholarship Commons (OSC), this workshop will build skills in ATLAS.ti basics. Learn more