Events - 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 — 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST

Theses and other long documents can present challenges that shorter documents don't, including maintaining a standard "look and feel" throughout. Discover tools that make formatting your thesis, and citing your sources, easier and less time consuming. This session is co-sponsored by the Library, the Office of Academic Integrity and Information Systems and Technology (IST).

The section on Microsoft Word will cover:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST
Art+Feminism logo

Only 10% of Wikipedia contributors identify as female, which has led to an under representation of women-focused pages. The University of Waterloo Library is hosting an edit-a-thon as part of the Art+Feminism movement aimed at disrupting this trend.

Monday, February 20, 2017 (all day) to Friday, February 24, 2017 (all day)

Fair dealing allows use of copyrighted content, free of permissions or fees, for research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire or parody. Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is an annual celebration of these important doctrines, designed to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing and celebrate successful stories.

Explore our Fair Dealing Week guide to learn more about this exemption and the critical role it plays in your academic life.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Build a better research essay by using the Library’s resources and databases to explore a topic, develop a research question, write a thesis, and build an argument. Research-based essay planning and development will help you create a more complex argument and essay structure.

Monday, February 13, 2017 (all day) to Friday, February 17, 2017 (all day)
two students sharing a book

Valentine’s Day is approaching and once again the Library is playing matchmaker!  ‘Blind date with a book’ is happening February 13-17 at Dana Porter, Davis Centre, Musagetes and St. Jerome’s libraries.

What is a blind date with a book? Books wrapped in paper come with a ‘personal ad’ containing some clues about what’s inside.  Without knowing what the book looks like, the title or the author, signing out a book is like going on a blind date.  You never know what you might get…it could be your favourite read of the year!

Friday, February 10, 2017 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

In honour of Black History Month, and the National Days of Action Against Islamophobia, White Supremacy and Deportations [Google Doc], there will be a #WeAreAllUWaterloo Read-in of fiction, non-fiction and poetry by African Canadian, African American and Muslim writers... including some Waterloo students!

Monday, February 6, 2017 (all day) to Friday, February 10, 2017 (all day)

There are colouring tables set up at Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries with colouring pages made from the rare books in Special Collections & Archives.

From February 6-10, 2017, libraries, archives and other cultural institutions around the world are sharing free colouring sheets and books based on materials in their collections. This annual event is sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 — 12:00 PM EST

The Library Executive Committee would like to invite all members of our community to join Library staff at the We Are All UWaterloo vigil and rally on Tuesday January 31, 2017 to mourn the victims in Quebec City, and to stand in solidarity for peace and freedom. The vigil will begin at 12 pm on the Arts Quad in front of Dana Porter Library.

There will be a second vigil with the UW Muslim Students Association in the Student Life Centre at 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 — 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Make a sign for the We Are All UWaterloo vigil and rally. There will be tables with sign-making supplies set up inside Dana Porter Library and outside on the Arts Quad ahead of the event at 12pm.

There will also be buttons, provided by our Library Ambassadors!

Friday, January 27, 2017 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Ever wanted to try Open Source GIS but didn’t know where to start? Here you will learn how Open Source compares to the “Big Guy’s”. This workshop builds on “Getting Started with ArcGIS” (a recommended prerequisite for those with no previous GIS experience) but isn’t absolutely necessary. This workshop introduces users to a different environment to create maps with GIS. 

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand what QGIS is and it’s capabilities

Thursday, January 26, 2017 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

This tutorial is designed to introduce you to the basic editing tools used in ArcMap for the both the creation and modification of geospatial data. Editing is an essential skill for GIS users that helps build spatial awareness and a broader understanding of topological relationships. This tutorial will cover several common editing functions and workflows using the Feature Template editing environment in ArcGIS 10.x.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 — 12:00 PM to Friday, February 24, 2017 — 11:59 PM EST

The Library is asking University of Waterloo graduate students and faculty members to participate in a national survey on journal usage to inform collection development and negotiations. The journal usage survey, coordinated by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) is accessed by email.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

You may have heard of GIS, but what exactly is it, and more importantly, how can you use it in your own research and academic work? This introductory workshop presents the basic concepts of GIS and will teach you the skills you need to find geospatial data, map it, and discover new dimensions of information.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 — 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST

This workshop will provide tips and practical experience on how to write an annotated bibliography, including using RefWorks to assist in its creation. A RefWorks account and basic knowledge of/experience with RefWorks is expected.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 — 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST

In early, 2015 the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) announced its Open Access Policy on publications

The policy states:

"Grant recipients are required to ensure that any peer-reviewed journal publications arising from Agency-supported research are freely accessible within 12 months of publication."

The policy applies to:


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