|November 8th, 2013||Advanced Zotero - Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA*|
*this is a special one day workshop designed for advanced users of Zotero at a cost of $250 per attendee.
Zotero trainers offer two-day workshops at locations across the US. At a cost of $350 per attendee, workshops offer the opportunity to:
- Introduce new users and update advanced ones
- Provide an overview over best practices and advanced features such as plugins as well as style and translator development
- Equip librarians and IT staff to implement, train, and support users
Through these workshops, participants will acquire a solid understanding of Zotero’s capabilities and how those capabilities can best meet users’ needs.
In addition to scheduled workshops, Zotero trainers can also be engaged for private or customized workshops. Please contact email@example.com with your specific needs.
The workshops combine short presentations with interactive, “hands-on” components, as well as the opportunity for participants to exchange their own experiences with Zotero. Participants will gain valuable insights in the nuts and bolts of Zotero, how to better support and promote Zotero, and how Zotero can serve the different needs of members of the academic community.
Anyone who wants to introduce or support Zotero at her/his institution, or is already doing so. This may include (but is not limited to)
- Instruction librarians,
- (Electronic) reference librarians
- Faculty wanting to teach or implement Zotero
Prerequisites: None. Basic familiarity with Zotero is recommended. No programming knowledge whatsoever required.
The workshop leaders will adjust the contents and the focus of workshop sessions to participants' interests. A sample agenda for a Workshop can be found here. Generally, workshops will include the following topics:
- Using Zotero: Overview of basic and advanced functionality, plugins, tips and tricks
- Introducing and Promoting Zotero: Why and how adapting Zotero will benefit your institution? Getting the most out of Zotero for different user groups.
- Supporting Zotero: Creating local documentation - experiences and best practices. Troubleshooting Zotero. Getting the most out of support at zotero.org
- The Zotero Universe: Understanding the different components of Zotero and how they interact.
- Citation Styles: Introduction to the Citation Style Language (CSL). How to modify citation styles.
- Translators: What are site translators and what can they do? How to write a simple screen-scraper translator (without knowing how to code).
Your workshop will be conducted by one of these Zotero experts.
Sebastian Karcher is finishing his dissertation in political science at Northwestern University. Known in the Zotero world by his screen-name “adamsmith” he has been an active member of the Zotero community since 2008. As one of the most active developers of CSL citation styles, he has been an important contributor to the success of the CSL project in and beyond Zotero. Over the last year he has also contributed and repaired dozens of Zotero translators. In more than 10,000 forum posts, Sebastian has answered countless user questions and in the process developed a deep understanding of the issues different types of users face in their daily use of Zotero. The Zotero blog featured this interview with Sebastian in July 2011.
Avram Lyon is a Ph.D. student in Slavic languages and literatures at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has worked with the Zotero community since 2008, contributing and maintaining many of the translators that let Zotero read metadata from webpages and import and export in various formats. He also maintains Scaffold, the primary tool for authoring translators, has contributed patches to the core Zotero code, and has authored large pieces of the Zotero documentation for translator authors. In September 2011, Avram released the first mobile client for Zotero, Zandy, one of the first full-fledged implementations of the Zotero server API. Avram has extensive experience supporting users of all stripes in their uses of Zotero, through regular posts on the Zotero forums and in specialized Zotero workshops, such as the three held in Madison, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois in April 2011.