Winter Programming: March & April 2023
* Except where otherwise noted, services and programs are open to all of the Toronto Metropolitan University community.
The Library Collaboratory is open from Monday – Friday (7 a.m. – 1 a.m.) and Saturday – Sunday (10 a.m. – 1 a.m.).
We are closed Monday, February 20 (Family Day) and Friday April 7 (Good Friday).
Be sure to check our calendar for all other scheduled programs and closures not listed here.
The Library Collaboratory is staffed Monday – Friday (10 a.m – 4:30 p.m.)
Workshops are offered throughout the semester, some in-person only and some remote only.
Research consultations are available for Library Collaboratory members. If you are not a member, and interested in becoming one, learn more about membership here.* Appointments for consultation may only be made by members of the Library Collaboratory.
If you are a faculty member trying to get new research off the ground, contact us about training and in-kind support.
Workshops, Talks & Presentations
Introduction to AI Art
Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
This workshop is an introduction to the exciting world of AI-Art. It’s designed for the general public and doesn’t require any prior knowledge of AI or art. During the workshop, you’ll learn about the basics of how AI can be used to create art and the different types of AI-generated art that are being produced today. You’ll also have the opportunity to experiment with some simple tools and techniques for creating your own AI-generated art. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a better understanding of how AI is being used in the art world and will have created your own unique pieces of AI-generated art. It’s a great opportunity to learn something new and have fun at the same time!
Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic, Part 1
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.
A two-part workshop exploring some of the important functions and applications of Adobe Lightroom Classic.
Part I: The hour-long workshop will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the software’s interface, modules, and tools for use in photographic post-production and archive management.
For more information about downloading it: https://helpx.adobe.com/ca/lightroom-classic/get-started.html
Practice-Based Research & Research-Creation + You
Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.
This workshop is an introduction to “Research-Creation” (the intersection of making, theory, and research) that looks at how you can use creative and practice-based research, whatever your discipline. As the understanding of knowledge generation and knowledge translation in academia evolve, opportunities for alternative forms of research and dissemination are rapidly expanding. How can you incorporate these sometimes radical ideas into your projects, theses, and dissertations, and how can interdisciplinary collaboration enhance your research? Participants from all backgrounds and fields are welcome and invited (but not required) to bring ideas, questions, and works in progress. No prior experience with research-creation is necessary.
3D Visualization With XR Technology
Wednesday, April 5th, 2023 | 1 – 2:30pm
This is an IN-PERSON workshop.
This in-person workshop will provide an overview of 3D visualization using specific XR (Extended Reality) technologies, in addition to development tips in the Unity Game Engine. Participants will get hands on experience with various XR technologies including the Tilt 5 Holographic Dev Kit, the Looking Glass Volumetric Display, and the Quest 2 VR headset. In addition with this, participants will also get the opportunity to view 3D simulations in the TMU Library Immersion Studio, which is a 360 degree projection cylinder for shared VR experiences. Development tips will also be provided for each showcased technology.
This workshop is aimed to help participants gain more exposure with XR technology and 3D visualization, and does not require any prior 3D development knowledge to attend the workshop.
3D Design for Prototyping with Fusion 360
Wednesday April 12, 2023 | 1 – 2:30pm
A skill building two-part series that will introduce beginners to 3D design software.
Part I: Participants will learn the basics of 3D design for 3D printing for prototyping purposes, and be introduced to the concept of designing something to be printed in 3D and in other methods of fabrication.
*It helps to have Fusion 360 to follow along, but is not required. Beginners are welcome.
From 3D Model to Physical Object: Introduction to 3D Printing
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.
This is an IN-PERSON session.
This in-person, hands-on workshop will introduce attendees to the basics of 3D modelling and how to use 3D printers to bring their digital creations into the physical world. No previous experience is required but attendees are requested to bring a laptop with Blender installed.