Register for “Going Public: Sharing Research Beyond the Academy”

President Cauce has encouraged us to share our expertise for the public good but what role can academics play in solving today’s pressing problems?  How can we break out of the cloistered world of academic journals and conferences and share our research with a broad audience? How can we bring facts to the forefront of today’s urgent issues? Join us on Saturday, April 29th from 9am-3pm in the Allen Library South, Research Commons to learn more.   This interdisciplinary program will provide faculty and students practical guidance on engaging the public and policy-makers via the press (print & radio), social media, and other venues.  An unconference style lunch is included with registration.  Space is limited so register today!


What? The UW Library Research Award for Undergraduates recognizes outstanding research projects in all formats created by undergraduate students.

Why? Winners receive $1,000 and University-wide recognition for their outstanding accomplishment.  New this year: additional awards of $250 are available for projects aligned with the theme of population health

When? Deadline to submit is Monday, May 15, 2017, by 5:00pm PDT.

Where and How? Submission criteria and guidelines are available online.

Why Journalism Matters: News Literacy in a Democracy

In response to the growing unrest around issues involving the media, politics, and an informed citizenry, the UW Department of Communication and UW Libraries will present a half-day conference dedicated to media and news literacy, on Saturday, April 1 in the Research Commons. Through a series of breakout sessions, event attendees will gain the tools and knowledge they need to positively influence their communities and feel empowered to tell their stories.

The day will begin with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson being interviewed by UW Communication professor, Andrea Otanez, followed by several breakout sessions, including these topics:


  • Evaluating Government Information
  • Photojournalism and Visual Literacy
  • Making Your Voice Heard
  • Underrepresented Voices in Media
  • Being a Savvy News Consumer
  • The Citizen Journalist
  • Transparency, Access, and Open Records


Registration is now open. You can sign up for the Event HERE.


Seating is limited to 120 tickets, so if you are interested in attending, please RSVP at your earliest convenience!


Be sure to also sign up for your preferred breakout sessions, using the links embedded in the main Eventbrite page. Finally, you are encouraged to submit questions that Dr. Otanez can incorporate into her interview with AG Ferguson.


If you have any questions, please contact Megan Jeffrey at

Become a Storytelling Fellow

Are you a graduate student looking to network across programs? Engaged in academic or professional work that you wish you could communicate to a broader audience? Interested in building your resume while learning how to tell compelling stories about meaningful topics?


If YES: the UW Libraries invites you to apply to join the inaugural cohort of Storytelling Fellows, an innovative, hands-on program designed to highlight the interests and accomplishments of UW graduate students using digital-storytelling skills and technologies.


Storytelling Fellows

A Free Online Skill-Building Program for Graduate Students

Sponsored by the Research Commons & the Libraries Instructional Design Team

2/1/17 – 2/15/17 with two synchronous online sessions on 2/4 and 2/11 (9:30-11:30am)


What is Storytelling Fellows?

It is a totally free two-week online program that will take approximately 10 accepted fellows through the start-to-finish process of envisioning and creating a digital-storytelling video suitable for an online portfolio, professional presentation, or academic project. Fellows will meet for 2 two-hour online Adobe Connect sessions in order to discuss project ideas and gain insight into the art of storytelling, using the cloud-based program WeVideo.


Do I need to have any prior experience?

Nope! No previous experience with digital storytelling or WeVideo is required or needed. An online Canvas-based course will be provided to bring you up to speed on the finer points of digital storytelling.


When does the Fellows program run?

The online Canvas course opens 2/1 and closes 2/15. The mandatory Adobe Connect sessions (online) are on Saturday, 2/4, from 9:30-11:30am and Saturday, 2/1,1 from 9:30-11:30am.


How do I sign up?

Fill out this survey by no later than 1/26. We will cap the workshop at 10 people–and preference will be given to those who can attend two Adobe-Connect meetings–so it’s best to sign up soon.


Questions? Contact Elliot Stevens, Assistant Research Commons Librarian (

How does music relate to equity?

How does your research relate to EQUITY? Tell the UW community at Scholars’ Studio!

Submit a proposal by Friday, October 28th, for a 5-minute lightning talk and join us at the 2016-2017 Scholars’ Studio series. Scholars’ Studio is a fun, informal event featuring 10 presentations (5 minutes each) from an interdisciplinary group of graduate students and postdocs.

Hosted by the UW Libraries Research Commons and the UW Graduate School CORE Programs, Scholars’ Studio gives students the opportunity to share their research across disciplines, make connections and build presentation skills.

Scholars’ Studio: EQUITY

Thursday, November 17th

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Presentation Place, The Research Commons, Allen Library South

Need ideas? Think:  Social justice. Race. Employment. Environmental justice. Oppression & resistance. Gender. Education. Accessibility. Class. Health care. Equal opportunity. Immigration. Law. Housing. Bias. Citizenship. Disparities. Technology. Environment. Connect your research!

Learn more and submit a short 150-word proposal here:

To request disability accommodation as a presenter or attendee, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (FAX), or, preferably at least 10 days in advance of the event.

Upcoming Digital Scholarship & Open Access Events

Please join the UW Libraries at these two upcoming events!

Hacking the Academy: Simpson Center Digital Humanities Summer Fellows Showcase

October 24, 4-5pm, Research Commons, Room Green A

Each year the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities offers four faculty and four graduate students funding to create a digital humanities project.  Learn more about this program and see examples of the work created by a sampling of this year’s Summer Fellows.  This is also a great program for those who want to learn more about the work of digital humanists!

Hacking the Academy: Open in Action

October 26, 4-5pm, Research Commons, Room Green A

Come celebrate Open Access Week by hearing how UW faculty and staff are working to keep their work open.  Four short talks will offer examples of openness through public scholarship, open science, and through the creation of open textbooks.  There will be plenty of time following the short talks for your own questions and discussion around our theme “open in action”.

These programs are part of a new program series we’re piloting in the Libraries this year called Hacking the Academy.  The series is designed to explore interdisciplinary trends in how scholarship is produced, evaluated, archived, and reused through showcases, discussions, and lectures.  Watch for more Hacking the Academy events later this year.  Learn more about these events on our Digital Scholarship website.

Calling all international students: help us make the library better

Are you an international student?

Do you use the UW Libraries?
Want to help make them better?
Tell us how!

We’re looking for undergraduate and graduate international students to participate in focus groups and one-on-one sessions.  Free pizza and beverages provided.  Sessions run 2/24 12:30-1:30 or Friday 2/26 1:30-2:30.

Interested? Fill out our survey and get more info at

Does your research transgress? Apply to present at Scholars’ Studio!

Does the word “transgress” speak to your research interests?  Are you looking for opportunities to present your research? Preparing for a conference or scholarly presentation and looking for feedback on your presentation style?

Submit a proposal by Friday, February 5, for a 5-minute lightning style talk and join us at the 2015-2016 Scholars’ Studio series. Scholars’ Studio is a fun, informal event that features 10 rapid-fire ignite-style presentations (5 minutes each) given by graduate students and postdocs doing research on topics related to an interdisciplinary theme.

Hosted by the UW Libraries Research Commons and the UW Graduate School CORE Programs, Scholars’ Studio gives students the opportunity to share their research across disciplines, make connections and build presentation skills.

Scholars’ Studio: TRANSGRESS

Thursday, February 25th

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Presentation Place, The Research Commons in Allen Library South

How do we TRANSGRESS? Crossing borders, stretching racial, gender, sexual, class and ability boundaries, displaying difference and otherness, resisting and trespassing, disobeying laws, researching environments and toxins…what does your research focus on?

Learn more and submit a proposal here:


Presentation Opportunity at the Research Commons

Are you a graduate student or postdoc candidate looking for opportunities to present your research? Do you need feedback on your presentation style? Submit a proposal BY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30th for the next Scholars’ Studio, Thursday, November 19th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Presentation Place in the Research Commons.

This quarter’s theme is Translate.  Think about translating words or literature into music, field recordings into digital scholarship, teaching into performance, and more.

See our Call for Proposals