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HathiTrust Reseach Center Workshops

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The HathiTrust Research Center offers a workshop series to develop a community of users, teachers, and supporters of computational text analysis with HathiTrust data. Each training event is 1.5 days long and consists of a full day train-the-trainer session for librarians and a half day introduction to text mining with HathiTrust session for researchers. This new series starting in fall 2019 builds on previous train-the-trainer workshops from HTRC

Apply by July 26 to host a workshop in fall 2019


For hosts

Hosting a workshop

We schedule HTRC workshops on a per-semester basis. A different HathiTrust member institutions hosts each training event, and priority registration is given to attendees affiliated with the host site. Hosting a workshop provides an opportunity to build a local community of practice for text and data mining research. HathiTrust covers time and travel for 2 instructors, as well as workshop materials. We will also coordinate registration and lead the promotion of the workshop series.

Hosting requirements

  • Reserve instructional space for the workshops, including handling any room reservation fee. This space must be equipped with wifi, a means for projection, ample outlets, and seats for at least 25 people.
  • Provide refreshments in the morning and afternoon on day 1 and the morning on day 2 (required). Provide lunch on day 1 (optional).
  • Open the workshops to attendees from other HathiTrust member institutions and reserve least 25% of the available slots for them. (Only if slots remain unfilled will we open registration to attendees from non-member institutions, and with the host’s permission.)
  • Help us promote the workshops in your community.
  • Help to arrange meetings with local librarians or researchers based on local needs.

Apply to host

HathiTrust members can apply to host an HTRC workshop via an electronic form (below). Calls for hosts will go out twice yearly. Hosting institutions will be selected by the end of August for fall events and the end of January for spring events. In selecting workshop locations, we aim for geographic and institutional diversity. We also assess whether a host is able to meet the requirements stipulated above. Hosts of previous workshops, particularly a Digging Deeper, Reaching Further workshop, are not eligible to host an HTRC workshop under this program at this time. We will hold 3-4 events in fall 2019.

Apply to host a workshop in fall 2019: https://forms.gle/zkZ39DmVoMXvaM1s9. The deadline is July 26.

For attendees

Workshops for librarians 

Librarian attendees will develop their understanding of text and data mining research methods and build connections between computationally-driven research and their professional practice. The series offers an opportunity for librarians to become part of a cohort of learners and instructors. No experience required.

A small number of librarian attendees from the first day who want to deepen their learning experience will be invited to stay for the second day as observers and participants. Librarians who stay for day two will commit to teaching an HTRC/text mining workshop on their campus within 9 months of the event they attend. All who attend day 1 will be able to take part in a community of fellow learners and trainers.

Workshops for researchers

This workshop will introduce the data and tools of the HathiTrust Research Center. Researchers will learn how to make use of HathiTrust text data in computational analysis.They will leave with a deeper understanding of text and data mining research possibilities made available by HathiTrust, and of the field of text and data mining generally. Attendees can expect to get hands-on experience with HathiTrust as a text data source. No experience required.

Registration details

Registration for each workshop is first-come, first-served. We will maintain a waitlist for each workshop if registration reaches capacity. Only librarians should register for day 1, and only researchers should register for day 2. Please only register for one workshop per semester. If you register for multiple workshops, we will assume the first one you sign up for is the one you prefer to attend.

Hosting institutions will get priority registration for their librarians and scholars. The remaining seats will be opened to those from HathiTrust member organizations. In some cases, if spots remain in the weeks leading up to the workshop, seats may be opened to registrants regardless of institutional affiliation.

We will screen registrants as they come in. You will receive an email notification confirming your registration after you sign up, including information about whether you have secured a seat or been added to the waitlist.

Upcoming workshops

Coming soon!

Please contact htrc-help@hathitrust.org with questions.