We hope you can attend these workshops taught by the Library staff, VMR and BGC’s writing tutor this semester!

Image Research


This workshop will cover such topics as using controlled vocabularies to aid in image research, ordering images for academic publishing, and finding image resources for the decorative arts and material culture. Led by Barb Elam, Associate Director of Visual Media Resources and Study Collection Librarian.


Tuesday, September 18, 12:15–1:15 pm | DML | RSVP: alana.pagano@bgc.bard.edu


Refining your Research: Folio, Worldcat, and Advanced Periodical Searching


How do you sift through overwhelming amounts of information to become an effective researcher? The goal of this workshop is to teach you about advanced research tools. We’ll review the advanced features of our library catalog, Folio, explore the intricacies of searching Worldcat and how to find complicated periodical titles. Led by Anna Helgeson, Reader Services Librarian.

Wednesday, September 19, 12:15–1:15 pm | PH-North | RSVP: alana.pagano@bgc.bard.edu


Writing Session


Office hours with writing tutor Helen Polson. Email ahead to book a 30 minute block of time to go over your work in progress. Drop ins welcome as time allows.

Monday, September 24, 12–5 pm | 602 | RSVP: alana.pagano@bgc.bard.edu



Object Photography


Using objects from Bard Graduate Center’s Study Collection, this workshop will cover optimal camera settings, lighting setup, and composition to take high quality photographs of objects, as well as strategies for shooting different types of materials. Students will leave with resources and hands-on practice in effective photographic documentation of collections objects. Led by Mike Satalof, Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian.

Tuesday, October 2, 12:15–1:15 pm | DML | RSVP: alana.pagano@bgc.bard.edu



Fair Use and Copyright


Images are easy to find these days, but how do you know what you are permitted to use and what’s under copyright? If you have questions about image use, please join us for a workshop on fair use and copyright. We will discuss the concept of fair use doctrine as it applies to images, the difference between copyrighted and public domain images, the concept of transformative use, and the factors used in fair use analysis. Example scenarios will be discussed. Led by Barb Elam, Associate Director of Visual Media Resources and Study Collection Librarian and Chantal Sulkow, Reference and Collections Librarian.

Thursday, October 11, 12:15–1:15 pm | PH-North | RSVP: alana.pagano@bgc.bard.edu



Archives and Special Collections


Please join us for a workshop on archives and special collections in New York City and beyond. We will discuss the best resources for locating archival collections and the growing amount of online digitized content. We hope this program will help you uncover hidden treasures and connect you with exciting primary source materials for your research! Led by Anna Helgeson, Reader Services Librarian.

Thursday, October 25, 12:15–1:15 pm | PH-North | RSVP: alana.pagano@bgc.bard.edu


Writing Session


Office hours with writing tutor Helen Polson. Email ahead to book a 30 minute block of time to go over your work in progress. Drop ins welcome as time allows.

Monday, October 29, 12–5 pm, 12–5 pm | 602 | RSVP: alana.pagano@bgc.bard.edu


Adobe Photoshop


This workshop will cover the basics of image production and editing using Adobe Photoshop. It will give an introduction to using flatbed scanners, and techniques for correcting images in Photoshop for optimal color, contrast, and clarity. It will also discuss the different choices in resolution, format, and size for various types of image use, such as academic papers or digital projects. Led by Mike Satalof, Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian.

Wednesday, October 31, 12:15–1:15 pm | DML | RSVP: alana.pagano@bgc.bard.edu


Resumes and Cover Letters


Wondering how to clearly highlight your skills on a resume? What you should include in a cover letter? What resources are available to help you with your job / internship search? This workshop will help answer these questions and much more. Feel free to bring a resume draft or postings that are of interest to get concrete suggestions on next steps. Opportunities for one-on-one follow-up are also available throughout the year. Led by Elisabeth Giglio, Director of Bard College’s Career Development Office.

Monday, November 5, 12:15–1:15 pm | Seminar Room | RSVP: alana.pagano@bgc.bard.edu


Preserving Your Personal Archives


Whether family photographs, documents, or even social media, personal archives are an important link to the past. This workshop will cover a number of strategies to ensure these valuable materials are well-preserved and organized. Students will be provided resources for protecting both fragile physical materials and digital archives. Led by Mike Satalof, Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian.


Tuesday, November 6, 12:15–1:15 pm | 5th Floor Classroom | RSVP: alana.pagano@bgc.bard.ed


Writing Paper Proposals, Abstracts, and Project Descriptions


You may be a master of the 20 page paper but short-form writing is a whole new challenge! Learn how to write concise and effective abstracts, conference paper proposals, and project descriptions. Led by Helen Polson, Writing Tutor.

Tuesday, November 13, 12:15–1:15 pm | Seminar Room | RSVP: alana.pagano@bgc.bard.edu



QP Q&A Lunch Hour


Are you getting started on your QP? Has your topic recently been approved? Do you have any questions about formatting, research, or writing? Please join the library for a lunch hour to chat about your upcoming Qualifying Paper and to learn how the library and writing staff can best support you through this process. Beverages and snacks will be provided, feel free to bring your lunch.

Monday, November 19, 12–1:30 pm | PH-North | No RSVP required