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Vanderbilt Libraries Workshops and Training

Knowing how and why scholarship and digital media is produced, organized, and distributed is critically important for life-long learners, engaged citizens, and critical consumers of information. Vanderbilt librarians teach customized workshops on a variety of research topics, from ethically responsible research to literature reviews to citation management to contextualizing data. 

The topics below can be customized for different groups or contexts, and taught in 30, 45, or 60-minute sessions, in-person or virtually.

To schedule a workshop for your course, department, student group, or residence hall, contact Melissa Mallon, Director of Teaching & Learning. 

Digging in to DeepFakes 

The availability of consumer-friendly software for the production of synthetic media or so-called ‘deepfakes’ has the potential to undermine the evidentiary quality of our senses. Given the role of audiovisual information in contemporary society, how can we defend ourselves against manipulation by synthetic media? This workshop discusses the machine learning technologies behind deepfakes and also the legal, social, and technical tools being used to combat them. 

Digital Self-Defense 

Privacy is essential for us to generate new ideas and freely formulate our conception of self. Conversely, Surveillance demeans us as persons by influencing our behaviors, often toward the desired outcomes. Surveillance also deters us from engaging with new, radical, or potentially subversive ideas. But what exactly is this thing we call privacy? This workshops will explore the ways in which our online lives are surveilled, and offer tools and techniques to enhance online privacy. 

Fact Checking to Combat Information Overload 

The abundance of news and media produced and shared can overwhelm even the most savvy researcher. But turning a critical eye to information found online is crucial in order to avoid misinformation and to identify the most relevant sources for one's information need. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies and tools for identifying bias (including our own!) and practice analyzing information resources in order to identify whether or not they are reliable and accurate. 

Fake News, Alternative Facts, & Curating Your Information Intake 

In a world that is increasingly intertwined and commingled with user-driven social-media content, it is easy to become a passive user of this information and to become trapped in an echo chamber. This workshop will examine and summarize ways to combat that tendency and to keep on your toes about best practices in consuming social media content in an information-savvy way. 

Finding & Evaluating Open Research 

The Internet contains a wealth of open research outputs, educational materials, and other media. However, where does copyright fit in? If something is free to read online, does that mean it is free to use for educational purposes? This workshop will cover copyright basics in online research and how to evaluate open research and media. 

Presenting Your Research 

Sharing and communicating technical information in a meaningful way can be a challenge. In this workshop, we will discuss how to use the narrative structures of storytelling to communicate your research in a way that will resonate with audiences. 


To schedule a workshop for your course, department, student group, or residence hall, please fill out this form. If you have questions or need anything else, please contact Melissa Mallon.

The Digital Scholarship & Communications (DiSC) office also offers a number of training and consultation opportunities focusing on GIS, programming, and more. Contact DiSC to learn more.