The seventh annual Social Sciences Librarians Boot Camp will be held at Tisch Library, Tufts University on Friday, June 9th.

We have recently adopted a Code of Conduct for our attendees.  Please take a look.

Our  schedule:

8:00-9:00 Registration and breakfast (Lobby and Austin Room)
9:00-9:15 Welcome remarks (Hirsh Reading Room)
9:15-10:30 Expert Panel with Professors Teixeira and O’Brien
10:30-10:45 Coffee break (Austin Room)
10:45-11:45 “Rotating tables” (various locations) – Add topic ideas and vote for discussion topics until 6/7 at Tricider
11:45-12:00 “Rotating tables” debrief (Hirsh Reading Room)
12:00-1:00 Boxed lunch (pick up in Austin Room)
1:00-1:45 Social Science Without Walls with Professor Philip Cohen (Hirsh Reading Room)
2:00 – 3:15 Session #1
3:15-3:30 Coffee break (lobby of Tisch)
3:30-4:45 Session #2
4:45-6:00 Reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres (Tower Cafe)
Session details

BARI’s Boston Data Portal – This session will introduce participants to the programs of the Boston Area Research Initiative with special emphasis on BARI’s Boston Data Portal and its two components, BostonMap and the Boston Data Library. (O’Brien)

Data Literacy – In this session, we will examine some of the major tenets of “data literacy,” including the need (1) to become inclined to seek out, analyze, and interpret data to answer research questions, (2) to recognize different data types and identify which questions they can properly answer, and (3) to understand how credibility arises from the process by which specific data were produced, described and used. Relying on the concept of data literacy as a backdrop, we will discuss what you need to know and be able to do to support faculty, students, and your own work as librarians in a data-focused world. We will look at specific examples of research projects to illustrate the basic skills and mindsets you may want to hone in upcoming years. (Barlow)

Let’s Get Critical: Reflective Teaching Practice in Social Sciences Librarianship – Are you wondering how to bring critical perspectives into your library classroom?  Want to engage students in deeper thinking about information sources?  In this workshop, we’ll explore the concepts of critical information literacy and critical librarianship.  We’ll also have some fun with zines, gain practice with critical reflection, and experience active learning techniques.  Join us to develop and deepen connections with other social science librarians who are using critical perspectives in librarianship. (Collins, Kramer, & Stahura)

Open Science Framework – This session will introduce the Open Science Framework. Courtney Soderberg will present how to use the basic functionalities of the OSF and discuss how it can be used to facilitate collaboration between librarians and researchers for improving data curation, open research, discoverability and reuse of open data. (Soderberg)

R Basics – Are you curious about the programming language R? Get an overview and some hands on experience. We’ll learn how to get set up in R, run basic commands, and find help resources. (Wrable)

Social Science Without Walls – Most social scientists want our research to be relevant, to reflect as well as interact with the social actors for whom it is relevant; we want it to be efficient, to maximize collaboration and exchange, and to make the most of our limited resources; and we want it to be accessible, to be read and debated by a wide audience beyond our disciplinary boundaries and university walls. These challenges seem more acute now than at any time in recent memory. And yet our scholarly communication system, especially journal publishing, remains mired in the structures of the past – moving too slowly and costing too much – which impedes the quality, quantity, efficiency, and responsiveness of our research. Open scholarship is a broad response to these deficiencies. In this presentation, Philip Cohen will make a case for open scholarship — and the use of preprints and working papers in particular — through the SocArXiv project, a new open-source, open-access, non-profit archive for social science research, modeled after arXiv in math and physics. (Cohen)

Statistical Software Comparison  – Do you feel comfortable recommending statistical software to your patrons? Come learn about SPSS, Stata, SAS, and R. A short lecture on their differences will be followed by a hands on demo of each software. (Wrable)

What’s in a Name? U.S. Trademarks and Trademark Searching – A U.S. registered trademark is generally a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.  Trademarks can be tricky to search due to the trifecta nature of sometimes needing to pull together a wordmark, logo, and registered class of goods and services.  Come learn how to search trademarks and how these fascinating logos and such can provide insight into current social trends. (Borrego)