The eighth annual Social Science Librarians Boot Camp will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Tisch Library, Tufts University.


8am-9am – Registration and breakfast – Tisch Library lobby & Austin Room
9am-9:15am – Welcome, logistics, review of Code of Conduct – Hirsh Reading Room
9:15am-9:55am – Expert talk with Dr. Claire Wardle – Hirsh Reading Room
9:55am-10:35am – Expert talk with Eric Huntley  (slides; course materials) – Hirsh Reading Room
10:35am-10:50am – coffee break – Austin Room
10:50am-12pm – Rotating Tables & debrief (sticky notes)- various locations, return to Hirsh Reading Room
12pm-1pm – lunch – pick up in Austin Room
1pm-2pm – First Gen Students Discussion with Helen Mayer and others – Hirsh Reading Room
2pm-2:15pm – coffee break – Austin Room
2:15-4:55 – Afternoon workshops
Choose from one of two tracks. Track A workshops will run the entire afternoon. Track B workshops will repeat so you can select one during B1 and one during B2.
Track A (2:15pm-4:55pm)

Track B1 (2:15pm-3:30pm)

Track B2 (3:40pm-4:55pm)

5pm-6:30pm – Reception with light hors d’oeuvres – Tower Cafe
Session Abstracts

Copyright for Social Science Librarians
Learn the basics of copyright law and what you need to know about research publication, copyright and data, e-resource licensing, fair use, and library and classroom copyright exceptions. (Katie Zimmerman)

Expert Talk on First Draft
Claire will provide an overview of her work at First Draft, a project of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center. First Draft’s goal is to fight mis- and disinformation through fieldwork, research, and education. Check out her online course: Verification Training for Journalists. (Claire Wardle)

Fear of Public Speaking?
Do you recognize the need for a public speaking workshop on your campus? This workshop was initially designed to help students address their fears and concerns with regard to public speaking. It is participant-driven and interactive. The focus is to mitigate common challenges that most face when providing a presentation. It will offer tips and insights that will be helpful at a ​participant’s next public speaking event. (Maranda Miller and Mona Ramonetti)

First Gen Students Discussion
This workshop will present student-driven and staff-driven approaches to supporting students who are the first in their family to go to college. Attendees will learn about existing models and outline a program for their home institution. The workshop will focus on understanding first generation student strengths and outcomes with an eye to creating lasting and impactful programs tailored to the needs of first generation students at your institution. (Helen Mayer)

Mapping Census Data
Participants will create a choropleth map of population density using census data. Learn how to explore and find spatial data to join to census data to create the choropleth map using ArcGIS. Two online free platforms will be introduced to geolocate multiple amenities to be added to the map. The workshop is hands-on. No laptop is necessary. (Bahare Sanaie-Movahed)

Research Data Management in the Social Sciences
Librarians are more frequently being asked to help with and review the data management plans (DMP) that are now required by most funding agencies as part of grant proposals. This workshop focuses on questions to consider when creating DMPs for social science research. The session is interactive. At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be more familiar with the components of a DMP, and be able to describe key data management/data sharing challenges in research involving human subjects and approaches to addressing those challenges. (Patricia Condon)

Student and Community Empowerment with Zines
Zines are both a tool for personal expression and empowerment, as well as a material form of culture and information. This workshop will discuss how zines are collected and made accessible within libraries and archives, and how to use zines as research and pedagogical tools in the classroom. Attendees will learn about zine culture, ways to use zines with students, and how zines connect to critical information literacy and research skills. (Des Alaniz)

Working with Text: Beyond Quantitative Data
Want to learn how to visualize thematic patterns across presidential speeches? Newspaper articles? Tweets? Thousands or millions of texts? This workshop will provide an introduction to some simple, free tools for text mining and visualizations that you can bring into your research and classes. No prior programming experience required. (Annie Swafford)