Registration is now open for a unique, one-day Advanced Zotero Workshop at the Harvard Kennedy School on November 8, 2013.
The workshop is aimed at scholars who have been using Zotero for a while and would like to get even more out of the software, receive specific advice on any issues they encounter, and get all of their questions answered. Registration will remain limited to eight participants, who will benefit from a workshop targeted to their needs and interest.
The cost to attend the workshops is $250. Sign up while there is still space!
The workshops will be conducted by Sebastian Karcher, one of Zotero’s most active community developers, who has a wealth of experience using, supporting, and developing Zotero. Contact him at karcher [at] u.northwestern.edu with any questions about the workshop, or if you would like to host an advanced user or Zotero trainer workshop at your own institution.
Sign up now for Zotero Trainer Workshops this summer:
- June 13-14: Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA
- June 20-21: AWHONN Offices, Washington DC
- July 11-12: Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
- July 25-26: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
During these intensive (and fun!) two day events, participants acquire an in-depth understanding of Zotero’s capabilities, how to extend those capabilities, and how Zotero can best meet their users’ needs. Participants also learn and share best-practices for teaching and supporting Zotero at their institution and approaches for developing institution-specific documentation.
The workshops are targeted at librarians and anyone else who supports or wants to support Zotero at their institution or department. While basic familiarity with Zotero is recommended, there are no technical prerequisites for participating.
The cost to attend the workshops is $350. Due to the hands-on nature of the events, enrollment is limited. Sign up while there is still space!
The workshops will be conducted by Sebastian Karcher, one of Zotero’s most active community developers, who has a wealth of experience using, supporting, and developing Zotero. Contact him with any questions about the workshop at karcher [at] u.northwestern.edu
We’re delighted to announce the immediate availability of Zotero 4.0, which offers loads of new functionality. Many of these features were requested and designed via our support forums and developer list, and we’re excited to put them into the hands of our users! Here are a few highlights:
Automatic Journal Abbreviations
Zotero now comes with built-in journal abbreviations that match publications to their standard shortened forms.
Zotero 4.0 lets you to assign colors to up to six of your favorite tags to highlight important “to read” articles or other items that you would like to find quickly at a glance.
On-Demand File Syncing
The latest version of Zotero can be configured to download files only on demand to save bandwidth and disk space on devices where you don’t require your full Zotero library synchronized. A new attachment indicator UI lets you know at a glance whether a file has been synced and is available.
Automatic Style Updating
Zotero now performs a daily check for revised citation styles and automatically downloads them as needed.
Detailed Download Display
Our iconic one-click import just got better: Zotero now immediately shows which collection is receiving your newly saved items and indicates whether any attachments have been grabbed.
Beyond these highlights, Zotero 4.0 includes many under-the-hood improvements that set the stage for major advancements in the very near future. As always, if you have any questions about Zotero, a dedicated group of users and developers are happy to help you in our support forums!
Many thanks to Sebastian Karcher for contributing screenshots and text to this post.
We’ve upgraded our free and lower tier storage plans significantly beginning today:
| Old Storage || New Storage || Cost |
| 100 MB || 300 MB || Free |
| 1 GB || 2 GB || $20 ($1.67/month) |
| 5 GB || 6 GB || $60 ($5/month) |
For those keeping score, that’s tripling the free plan and doubling the $20 subscription. If you’re an existing subscriber, there’s no need to take any action: your account has already been upgraded.
As always, the entire balance of Zotero storage subscriptions is fully available for shared libraries and collaborative groups with any number of members at no extra charge. For complete pricing details, please visit our storage support page.
There is still time to sign up for Zotero Trainer Workshops this November:
- November 8-9, 2012 Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
- November 15-16, 2012 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
- November 29-30, 2012 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
The first of this year’s workshops was held at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Participants came from different backgrounds and arrived with wide range of prior experience with Zotero – from virtual novice to seasoned expert – but all left with wealth of new skills and information.
"The workshop was exceedingly useful because it covered Zotero basics for the novice, but [also] gave librarians and other trainers the inside scoop on the way that Zotero works (...). Getting the hands on practice writing a citation style and a translator also drove home the fact that it is not too daunting a task for non-developers."—Hannah Rogers, Public Services Librarian, Mercer University
Though I’ve used and taught Zotero for several years now, Sebastian’s workshop taught me many new tricks and techniques. It was an intensive look behind the scenes from an expert who really understands Zotero in and out, and helped me reach a deeper understanding of this fantastic software.—Jason Puckett, Communication Librarian, Georgia State University, author of Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers, and Educators
After gaining an in-depth understanding of Zotero’s functionality, participants discussed and shared strategies for supporting and documenting Zotero. The last session of each day was dedicated to going beyond using Zotero towards extending it. Participants learned that one need not be a "coder" to adapt a citation style or even write a simple translator for Zotero – the results of those sessions, a new citation style for the journal Conservation Letters and a translator for the Atlanta Journal Constitution website are now part of Zotero. The agenda of the Atlanta workshop is available online.
The cost for the workshops is $350 per participant. See here for more informations on the workshops or e-mail Sebastian Karcher, who will conduct the workshops, at karcher[at]u.northwestern.edu