Gardening: The Perfect Pastime?!

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the sun has unleashed my inner gardener. Hosted by Dana Ingalls, a Liaison librarian at MacDonald Campus, the Introduction to Gardening Workshop on April 1st 2021 was a great session to encourage the McGill Community to nurture their green thumb. 

With another 8 pm curfew in place, our life in Montreal seems to have slowed down again. However, this provides a great opportunity to cultivate our own little gardens using tools and many resources which are easily accessible! The Macdonald Campus Seed Library Guide on the McGill Library web site is such a great place to look – it contains lots of information on how to obtain the seeds needed, as well as all the necessary next steps to be successful! The workshop really emphasized that no matter the size of your living space, there is always a way to start a garden.

If you have a small indoor space you can start a garden by planting herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro, chives, mint…), hot peppers, cherry tomatoes, green onions, lettuce, microgreens, carrots, radishes, etc. Get some old containers, poke some holes in them, and get growing! Seed starting is very important for a healthy plant. Make sure you have a warm room, fertilizers, LOTS of light (artificial growing light bulbs are great) and seed starting soil mix (or you can sift any soil to make sure there are no rocks/chips which would prevent the seedlings from growing). April is a great time to start some veggie seeds inside, like tomatoes. 

If you have a patio or small outdoor space, you can use containers and set them where available. Any size is good, depending on what you’re growing and what you have. You can even use reusable tote bags if you make sure to create drainage holes if there aren’t any. Most vegetables and herbs can be grown in containers, even the big ones like corn or giant pumpkins. To maximize space, trellises are great for climbing vegetables (cucumbers, zucchini, peas, etc.)

If you have a larger yard, you can either grow directly in the ground, or build raised beds.  However, be diligent because the soil in many parts of the Montréal area is stony, and clay is common, so garden plots must be well-tilled, cleared of stones, and fertilized! 

Dana’s workshop was great as it covered many topics: common pests and how to deter them, starting points for beginners, an introduction to companion planting (a great way to utilize space and the nutrients in the soil), and how to save your seeds for next season. As someone who has been intimidated by gardening for a long time, and struggles to keep a cactus alive, this workshop really made me realize, it’s just about starting strong and then committing to your little plant babies!

If you’re interested in watching the workshop recording you can click here. if you have any gardening related-questions, you can contact Dana by emailing her at dana.ingalls@mcgill.ca

Happy Planting! 

Where will you study? Winter 2021 Virtual Study Halls

In a study funk? We get it.

It can be hard to work from home, manage your time well, and feel supported in your academics during these unprecedented times. If you are searching for a new way to connect with students in a safe and productive environment, look no further! The McGill library is offering weekly virtual study halls at varying times so that no matter where you are checking in from, you’ll feel like you’re back at McGill with other students. Each hall has a unique theme, offering different environments or music every week! 

Check out the study halls offered this semester below:


Time Capsule – Every Monday from 8am-10am EST.

time capsule study hall every monday 8-10am EST

Exhausted from this timeline? Don’t you wish we could just travel to a different era? Stop dreaming about the past and ZOOM there! Time Capsule serves as a virtual study hall for history buffs, travel aficionados, and everyone in between!

Each week we will feature different museums, iconic moments in time and space, and beautiful images from the past. The main working atmosphere will be quiet music that truly transports you to the weekly theme, however breakout rooms will be created for silent and group spaces as needed. Use Time Capsule’s fun atmosphere to inspire productivity, while enjoying the presence of other students. 

Register here.

 

Virtual Study Hall – Every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm EST.

quiet study virtual study hall every Wednesday 4-6PM EST

Missing the McLennan and Redpath Library Buildings? Need some time to work on that upcoming paper? Perhaps you’re trying to catch-up on class readings? The McGill Library Virtual Study Halls are a great way to schedule time in your day to get work done. You can let us know what you’re working on or what you’d like to accomplish during the session and we will help motivate you to get it done. 

Join us for a combination of silent and group study rooms that you will make you feel like you right sitting right back in the library!

Register here.

Accountability Café – Every Thursday from 7pm-9pm EST.

poster with cafe and green bubbles to display the cafe

Missing those days when you could study in one of Montreal’s cafés for a change of scenery? If the answer is yes, this virtual study hall is for you! Though a lot of us can’t head down to our favourite coffee spot and park ourselves in the corner, we can work together in a safe and relaxing (virtual) space while holding each other accountable  to actually write that essay!

Each week will include a café playlist and accountability check-in to make sure you get done what you really need to. Show up with your favourite mug full of a warm drink and be productive with us every Thursday. See you there!

Register here.

From a student’s perspective, it can be hard to motivate yourself when you’re outside of the normal learning environment. Since many students are studying at McGill from afar, the goal of these study halls is to bring us all a little bit closer – even if it’s just for a few hours. If you have any questions please feel free to email hssl.library@mcgill.ca.

Digital Scholarships Hub Winter 2021 Workshop Schedule

by Vanja Lugonjic and Maya Willard-Stepan

Did you know that the Library offers free online workshops to help with your research?

Winter Schedule - Digital Scholarship Hub

The Digital Scholarship Hub at the McGill Library is proud to present its Winter 2021 Workshop Schedule. This semester we are offering 31 interactive workshops, and lively discussions on artificial intelligence, research data management, digital scholarship tools, scholarly communications, and more!

Love Data Week

Workshops are listed on our Digital Scholarship Hub’s calendar and the Library’s workshops page. We have put together a few noteworthy events to check out!

From February 8th – 12th the McGill library is hosting Love Data week. We will be offering workshops on data analysis ethics, and much more throughout the week.  Take a look at some of our offerings.


“What’s the Deal with Data?”

Monday Feb 8th, 10:00 -11:00 AM EST

Kicking off Love data week, this session will give individuals an introduction to the world of data, including the what, why, where, and how of data. For those who are uncertain about data, and want to start learning something new – includes examples in both standard (like the social sciences) and non-standard fields (such as art).

Register here.


“#CovidArt: Bridging the Gap Between Science, Art, and the Public”

Thursday, Feb 11th, 10:00 am to 11am 

In the summer of 2020, Récherche Québec launched an initiative that asked artists and researchers to collaborate on an art project under the hashtag #covidart. Artist Shelley Miller and epidemiologist Joanna Merckx worked together on Graphic/Graphique, a mural that uses data to visualize how the different Montreal boroughs were affected by the first wave of COVID-19. Join them for a conversation about their project, data use for art, alternative ways of disseminating data, and the intersection between STEM and Art.

Register here.


“Know your Rights: What to consider before you submit to a journal and sign a copyright transfer agreement” 

Tuesday, February 16, 12:00- 1:30 PM EST

This workshop will engage in practical, hands-on exercises to review the author agreements of major journal publishers. During the session we will look at actual copyright transfer agreements and publisher policies.

At the end of this session participants will be able to: identify and compare copyright transfer agreements between journal publishers, Evaluate journals based on their author rights agreements, and describe which author rights are retained/transferred in these agreements. If you’ve published (or are planning to publish soon), please bring along any relevant examples from your own experience. 

Register here.


“Keeping up with Artificial Intelligence: AI Ethics & Bias”

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2:30-4:30 PM EST

This presentation aims to cover some of the core issues surrounding the ethical debate with AI, open up discussions about how to overcome these issues, and broaden our understanding of the technology. Participants will delve into case studies for biased AI, promote ethical solutions for AI development, evaluate the privacy concerns of AI in everyday use and navigate the current landscape of AI policies.

*Note that this workshop will not discuss the mechanics of AI, but rather its implications on society.

Register here.


We also offer support for digital research projects of McGill faculty, students, and staff tailored to their research needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

Questions? Contact us at dshub.library@mcgill.ca