May 1, 2024

UW Libraries May Update 2024

This month is packed with incredible events, including several celebrations of student work such as the GIS Symposium, Three-Minute Thesis and the  Research Communication and Equity Showcase and Fellowship Reception. Don’t miss amazing opportunities to meet and hear from authors  Josh Tuininga and Tibetan Buddhist Master, H.E. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche (separate events) as well as “must go” annual events like the 2024  Going Public and “Choose Privacy Week” workshops.  PLUS book clubs, film screenings and more make May our busiest month of the year, so be sure to read the entire update for the full list!  As you begin to prepare for finals and graduation, don’t forget our Top Ten Tips. Enjoy the sun!

a box with the Going Public date May 21

Learn how to write & pitch compelling, research-based op-eds!

Since 2017, the Libraries and the eScience Institute have partnered to offer the successful Going Public Symposium–an interdisciplinary, tri-campus event designed to build skills in translating and communicating research findings to wider audiences and co-creating knowledge with community partners. Led this year by the Scholars Strategy Network, this year’s symposium will focus on  Op-Ed writing and translating research into public opinion pieces for news organizations. Learn More


News and Stories

‘The Medium is The Message’: Exploring the value of graphic novels – a feature story on UW Libraries current exhibit in Special Collections by Priya Devanesan, The Daily. Read the story.

New Online Resource:!

an image of a glacier

See a time lapse video of rock glaciers near Thompson Pass and hundreds of other similar “planet stories” with UW access to!

The UW Libraries is providing a campus license to, giving UW faculty, staff, and students access to’s Earth-observation satellite data. Planet provides daily satellite imagery of Earth’s land surfaces and coastal areas, and captures over 300 million square kilometers of imagery each day. Get an expert view into this new resource when you attend the 2024 GIS Symposium on May 30th, featuring a guest speaker from!  To learn more about our license and request your account, please visit our UW Planet page.

Community /Events /Exhibits

First Wednesday Concert
Wednesday, May 1, 2024,

EXHIBIT: Music, Island, Stories: Taiwan Calling!

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. / North Allen Library

EXHIBIT: Music, Island, Stories: Taiwan Calling!, 
Celebrate Taiwan’s pop music through the Music, Island, Stories: Taiwan Calling, a pop-up exhibition on the UW campus.




“We Are Not Strangers” Author Talk with Josh Tuininga"We Are Not Strangers" Author Talk with Josh Tuininga
Wednesday, May 8, 2024,
4 – 6:30 p.m./ Allen Auditorium

Buddhist Culture & Philosophy: Healing from Covid-19
Guest Speaker: Tibetan Buddhist Master, H.E. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Wednesday, May 8, 2024,
3:30 – 5 p.m. / Petersen Room, Allen Library North, 4th Floor, Room 485

Image: artwork by 2023 fellow, Sarah Nguyễn. Learn more about Sarah’s work and read the accompanying bilingual illustrated booklet.

2024 Research Communication and Equity Fellowship Reception

Thursday, May 9, 2024,
2 – 3 p.m. / Research Commons Green A

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.  Learn more.


Citizen 13660

Mine Okubo was one of over one hundred thousand people of Japanese descent – nearly two-thirds of whom were American citizens – who were forced into “protective custody” shortly after Pearl Harbor. Citizen 13660, from UW Press is Okubo’s graphic memoir of life in relocation centers in California and Utah, illuminates this experience with poignant illustrations and witty, candid text. Join the discussion Wednesday, May 15th!

Film Screening and Reception for AIDS, Posters, and Stories of Public Health: A People’s History of a Pandemic
Wednesday, May 15, 2024,
12 – 2 p.m. / Health Sciences Library, 2nd floor

Special Collections Book Club: Citizen 13660 by Miné Okubo
Wednesday, May 15, 2024,
5 – 6:30 p.m. / Special Collections Classroom

GIS Symposium 2024 
Student talks followed by Keynote: Austin Stone from Planet Labs PBC who will give an introduction and overview of UW’s new Education & Research license to!
Thursday, May 30, 2024
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. / Allen Library South Research Commons, keynote on Zoom

3 minute thesis logo- stick figure standing in front of a crowd with microphone

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT® ) is a professional development competition that celebrates the exciting capstone and research experiences of master’s and doctoral students at the University of Washington. The competition is open to eligible graduate students from all three campuses and supports their capacity to effectively explain their research or capstone in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a public audience.

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT)
Thursday, May 23, 2024,
3 – 4:30 p.m. / Alder Auditorium


Learning Workshops

Fair Use Workshop
Wednesday, May 1, 2024,
10 – 11:15 a.m./ UW Libraries Open Scholarship Commons

Open Scholarship Commons Community Fellows Workshop Series: Building Sustainable Digital Projects
Thursday, May 2, 2024,

Choose Privacy Week Events

Reading the Fine Print: a Workshop + Hackathon on Privacy and Terms of Service for Common Research and Classroom Tools
Monday, May 6
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. / Hybrid

Privacy on Your Phone
Wednesday, May 8
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Privacy with Cookies- Drop-In
Wednesday, May 9
11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1 – 2:30 p.m. / Open Scholarship Commons: Presentation Space

Open Scholarship Commons Community Fellows Workshop Series: Building Dynamic Websites with WordPress
Friday, May 3, 2024,
1 – 2:30 p.m. / Open Scholarship Commons: Presentation Space

Reading the Fine Print: a Workshop + Hackathon on Privacy and Terms of Service for Common Research and Classroom Tools
Monday, May 6, 2024,
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. / Hybrid

Building Digital Collections Using Minimal Tech
Tuesday, May 7, 2024,
1 – 2:30 p.m. / Suzzallo Library: Open Scholarship Commons: Presentation Space

Accessibility & Data Visualization Workshop (online)
Tuesday, May 14, 2024,
12 – 1 p.m. / Online

Designing for inclusive learning with Universal Design for Learning
Thursday, May 16, 2024,
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. / Zoom

Intermediate Twine Workshop: Styling for Aesthetics & Meaning
Friday, May 17, 2024,
1 – 2:30 p.m. / UW Libraries Open Scholarship Commons

Going Public: OpEd Writing Workshop
Tuesday, May 21, 2024,
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. / Online

Office Hours / Drop-In Help

Online Text Mining Support Office Hours
Thursday, May 2, 2024,
5 – 6 p.m. / Zoom

Digital Scholarship Project Help Office Hours
Tuesdays in May
2 – 3 p.m. / Suzzallo Library: Open Scholarship Commons: Group Work Space B

Data Visualization Office Hours
Wednesday, May 8, 2024,
1 – 2 p.m. / Suzzallo Library: Open Scholarship Commons: Group Work Space B

Online Text Mining Support Office Hours
Thursday, May 16, 2024,
5 – 6 p.m. / UW Libraries Open Scholarship Commons

Missed it?

Don’t miss these great stories from last month’s Library update!

A New Family Study Space in Allen Library!

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Archival Silences and Sounds @ the UW Ethnomusicology Archives 

Looking Ahead

JUNE 4: HYBRID: Comics and Graphic Novels in the University: Librarians Anne Davis and Allee Monheim discuss collecting, care, and advocacy

JUNE 12: Special Collections Book Club: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi