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Scholars’ Collaborative

Education & Training

Members of the Scholars’ Collaborative teach workshops covering a variety of topics and skills. We are happy to talk with you about training needs so contact us if you don’t see what you need listed below.

Register for a Workshop

Sign up for library workshops on topics ranging from EndNote citation management to Open Access publishing. Note that workshops on creating Data Management Plans with Chris Eaker, Data Curation Librarian, are organized through the Office of Research.

Scholars’ Collaborative Workshops by Request

The Scholars’ Collaborative offers many workshops to support your research and teaching (see below). Don’t see what you need, or want to learn more? Contact us to discuss planning a workshop for a department, group, or class.

Request Library Instruction for your Class

Help students with database searching, media creation, and other skills. Instruction may be provided by the Scholars’ Collaborative, the Studio, Special Collections, Subject Librarians, or Student Success Librarians.


Workshops by Request

Below are some of the topics we’ll be happy to cover for groups of 4 or more. Simply contact us with your preferred dates/times and the workshop title.

All About Audio (and What the Libraries Has to Offer) taught by Michelle Brannen

Interested in oral histories? Podcasting? Music-making? There are a plethora of ways to use audio for research and creativity activity…and the Libraries are here to help you along the way. Join our Media Literacy librarian for a hands-on workshop about tools, software, and techniques to help you get started with your audio projects.

Copyright, Publishing, and Publishing Agreements: Owning Your Work taught by Rachel Caldwell

What’s in a publication agreement? How do the terms affect what you can and can’t do with your work? Are there ways to retain the rights you want to keep, such as being able to share the work online? Learn about retaining rights to your work and bring copyright questions you’ve encountered in your role as an author or editor.

Choosing a License taught by Rachel Caldwell

Faculty members typically own the copyright to their publications and teaching materials. But, when publishers ask for a transfer of copyright, authors can lose many of their rights as creators. Creative Commons licenses are one way journals and organizations are changing transfer agreements to help both authors and readers retain or gain rights. Learn the basics of CC-BY and other Creative Commons licenses.

Do This. Not That! Stories of Poorly Managed Data taught by Chris Eaker

It may not always be apparent why effective data management practices are so important. This presentation will expose problems a researcher may encounter when research data is poorly managed, including examples of actual situations when poor data management led to serious problems with data loss, research integrity, and worse. It will also provide tips on how data management could have been done differently to encourage a more positive outcome.

Data Management Best Practices taught by Chris Eaker

This workshop will cover best practices for managing your research data, including file naming and organization, file versioning, using databases vs. spreadsheets, creating metadata, backups and security, and sharing and preservation. Learn how you can archive your research data using Trace, UT’s Institutional Repository.

Writing Your Data Management Plan taught by Chris Eaker

This workshop will cover what information to include in your data management plan (DMP) for your grant proposals. We will cover data types and formats, metadata, data sharing, and archiving and preservation. We will also demonstrate the DMPTool and show how it can be used to create a DMP for around 30 different granting agencies’ DMP requirements. Come prepared to write a data management plan for an upcoming grant proposal or for a project you already have underway.


Evaluating Publishers: Open Access Publishing and Predatory Journals taught by Rachel Caldwell

Whether you’re looking for journals in your field, receive a solicitation to submit work from a publisher, or are wondering which Open Access journals are trustworthy, librarians can help you find publishers and research their publishing practices before you submit your work. This workshop will briefly cover both monograph and journal publishers, with more time given to journal publishers.

Introduction to Video taught by Michelle Brannen

This pre-production workshop is intended to help you or your class get your project planned and prepared for editing.  The class will include basic information about planning and storyboarding your project, copyright and fair use issues, services and equipment available in the library, and other pre-production details.  The workshop includes basic introduction to the editing interface of your choice of editing software: Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or iMovie.  This workshop can be adapted for a specific type of video or project.

ORCID + Trace: Improving Credit for and Access to Your Work taught by Rachel Caldwell

Learn more about ORCID, an author identifier system that works across platforms to save authors’ time while making it easier to assign proper credit to researchers. ORCID complements many research workflows, including publishing and grant reporting. It can also be used to help share research with the public by directing readers to publications deposited in UT’s open repository, Trace, which may improve citation counts.

Plagiarism, Copyright, and Avoiding Research Misconduct in the Publication Process taught by Rachel Caldwell

(Formerly called “Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship”) In addition to completing research, authors must contend with writing and publishing concerns such as self-plagiarism, dual submissions, copyright, and other thorny issues. This workshop is an overview of basic publication ethics followed by a discussion, so bring your questions.

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