Digital Scholarship Hub: Workshop Lineup

As with every pre-midterm season at McGill, the campus is buzzing with life! Students are enjoying the last bouts of September sun, lining up for free plants, and queuing at McGill Farmers’ Market.

In the midst of all the havoc, McGill Library’s Digital Scholarship Hub (DSH) is back again with its Fall workshop lineup!


We’ve got numerous amazing workshops lined up from September through October. To help you through the rather extensive list, below we highlight some of our personal favourites;

Bias, Ethics, & Artificial Intelligence – September 29, 11am

Are you someone who closely follows the roller coaster ride that is the tech industry? With its continuously growing market and Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovations, it is the point of discussion from every household to every seminar room.

What side of the debate are you on? How ethical do you find the everyday innovations in the industry? Focused on understanding the impact of AI on society as we know it, this workshop aims to dip a toe into these tumultuous waters in order to find ethical solutions to AI development.

Join presenters Amanda Wheatley and Sanday Hervieux as they explore the core issues surrounding AI ethics and how we can overcome these issues to broaden our understanding of technology. 

How to Write a Data Management Plan – October 3, 12pm

This workshop will provide attendees with practical tips and examples on how to write a data management plan for funders, journals, or other oversight organizations. We will demo an online interactive tool, Portage DMP Assistant, which has built-in templates particular to the Canadian research context. Attendees will also have a chance to discuss discipline-specific issues related to planning for the management of data actively during the research process and for long-term archival purposes.

Making Your Work Open Access (psst: it doesn’t have to cost money) – October 25, 12pm

Are you a student-run journal considering the latest trends in scholarly publications? Or perhaps a graduate student looking at the implications of making your thesis public? Well worry no more, you’re not the only one!

This online presentation brings together a group of people looking to make their work open to access. While the discussion will be focused on the role of grant-holders and the support they can find on-campus for making their work open access, the presentation is open to everyone!

Ready to Publish? Selecting a Journal – November 3, 12pm

Finished your research and looking to publish? This 45-minute workshop will outline how to locate and assess relevant journals in your discipline. This workshop will also discuss the basics of the peer review process, journal selection considerations, and frequently asked questions about publishing. This workshop will serve as an introduction to the topic for new researchers and those just starting to publish.

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe tools and strategies to identify appropriate journals in their discipline
  • Describe the peer review process
  • Describe main considerations when choosing a journal

Also, stay tuned for our Workshop Spotlights over the next few weeks!

Check out DSH’s calendar for their upcoming workshops and office hours schedule. And for further queries, email us at hssl.library@mcgill.ca.

Tabling @ HSSL Reopens!

After a 2 year hiatus (and surviving a  pandemic), tabling at the Humanities and Social Studies Library (HSSL) is officially set to resume as of August 31st, Fall 2022! 

Bookings are currently open for tabling in the McLennan-Redpath bridge area for McGill departments, student groups, and clubs. Take this opportunity to promote your organization’s activities, services and initiatives in the swankiest real-estate on campus.  

For the latest information on our tabling services (including the booking form and eligibility and activity restrictions), refer to the following: https://www.mcgill.ca/library/branches/hssl/services/tabling.

You are welcome to direct general inquiries to hssl.library@mcgill.ca.

Fierté Québec

Summer in Québec is inarguably the best time of the year, and the summer of 2022 is particularly special as we come together for the first time in 3 years to celebrate on the streets, loud and proud all across the province. 

Rainbow flags and coloured balloons are shown at the site where the Montreal Pride parade was supposed to start from in Montreal, Sunday, August 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes 

For the month of August and early September, Québec has a jam packed line-up of activities starting with Fierté Montreal (1-7 August), Fière la fête (23-27 August) in the Ville de Sherbrooke and la Fête arc-en-ciel (1-11 Sept.) in the Ville de Québec. As the names suggest, these festivals are a time of celebration for the gender and sexual diversity communities of these three cities. Fierté Montréal, considered the largest Pride gathering in the Francophone World, uses the seven days of cultural and community activities as “an opportunity to generate public awareness of the issues to be addressed in eliminating homophobia, locally and internationally.”.

Pride Parade 2018 in Montreal on Sunday, August 19, 2018.

This year, we here at the Humanities and Social Studies Library (HSSL) are joining the numerous festivities with a little treat of our own. On display at the Redpath Complex for the entire month of August is the Fierte Bibliothèque | Library Pride Book Display, a collection containing numerous popular publications and a range of digital book and film titles just a scan away. 

For those looking to take a deeper dive into the topic, we recommend Gale’s Archives of Sexuality and Gender as a starting point. It boasts itself as the “largest digital collection of historical primary source publications relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality, and gender research…” and is sure to be a great source!

For more information or related queries email us at hssl.library@mcgill.ca.